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Urban europe, between identity and change

Objective

In order to adequately address its research and training topic, the Urb EUROPE network has the ambition to develop a meta-project, aimed at linking the outputs of recent and/or ongoing research in different disciplines involving the urban dimension of Europe. The flourishing of research projects and networks carrying out empirical fieldwork in European cities signals the recognition of the crucial character of this dimension, even though, little effort has been devoted in building up a solid interdisciplinary knowledge basis integrated with a highly structured training programme. Filling this gap is our main objective. The establishment of this link will be organized around three main areas of analysis :
1. The analysis of how global changes and local impacts are conceptualized in theories and through which methods they are investigated;
2. The analysis of how changes impacted on the built environment (gentrification, sub-urbanization and segregation);
3. The analysis of how the changes impacted on the role of local social policies and governance. The investigation of these three areas - highly interrelated one another - has the main goal of attaining a better understanding of the tension between identity and change in European Cities (the local-global link), of the existing differences and of the directions of change (the convergence-divergence hypothesis). Each area of investigation, however, has specific objectives, which are outlined in detail in this proposal. T o these objectives we have to add an additional and very innovative objective: we aim also at providing the visual support to the issues tackled in the different thematic areas. To give an example: when we will address issues of gentrification we will provide images from neighborhoods of different European cities where this process is taking place. This support will be the result of the training activities taking pace during the visual seminar and will involve most pre and post-do

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO - BICOCCA
Address
Via Bicocca Degli Arcimboldi 8
20126 Milano
Italy

Participants (5)

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
Address
Rue De La Chaise 10
75007 Paris
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
3B,unter Den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Houghton Street
WC2A 2AE London
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130
1018 VZ Amsterdam
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI URBINO
Italy
Address
Via Saffi 15
61029 Tufo