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Macro-Economic and Urban Trends in Europe's Information Society

Objective

The present proposal brings together two strands of research:
- First of all, a comparative, in-depth analysis of the macro-economic growth performance within the framework of the new emerging digital environment of the European growth success stories of the 90's;
- second, a detailed, more qualitative analysis of the most important regional and urban developments in each of these countries, whether the result of private "natural" growth agglomeration effects or public initiatives, and focussing again on the particular role of ISTs in such developments.
In a later stage of the project, this analysis will be extended to a European comparative urban development analysis. This stage is explicitly aimed at diffusing information and practical experience emerging from the possible "best-practice" urban development cases studied under part two of the project.

Objectives:
The overall objective of the MUTEIS project is to explain and understand functional and spatial diversity in Europe's digital economy both from a macro and local/urban perspective. We want to improve knowledge of the macro economic impact of the digital economy, but also on the origins and causes of local diversities in the development of the digital economy, as we believe that the urban stories help to understand the macro-overall pattern. The analysis should improve the design and implementation of policy action on European, national and urban levels that efficiently and effectively help Europe's transition into the digital economy in a sustainable way.

Work description:
The project is divided in three, interrelated stages:
- The first is a comparative, in-depth analysis of the macro-economic growth performance within the framework of the new emerging digital environment of the European growth success stories of the 1990s.
- The second stage concerns a detailed, more qualitative analysis of the most important regional and urban developments in each of these countries, whether the result of private "natural" growth agglomeration effects or public initiatives, and focussing again on the particular role of IST in such developments.
- The third stage aims at a wider European dissemination of the results amongst the science community as well as the European urban community; it also includes the application of the developed methodology to other European urban regions. This latter analysis is explicitly aimed at diffusing information and practical experience emerging from the possible "best-practice" urban development cases studied under part two of the project.

Milestones:
1) Improved insights into the various "national" and "urban" specificities about the currently, best practice digital economies in Europe
2) New modelling insights into the growth and productivity impact of IST
3) Clear and well-founded guidelines on European, national and regional/urban levels
4) Two MUTEIS conferences on Macro-Economic and Urban Trends in Europe's Information Society, including conference documentation, reports and scientific publications.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Address

6200 MD Maastricht
Netherlands

Participants (6)

EUROCITIES ASBL
Belgium
Address
Square De Meeus 18
1050 Bruxelles
GEMEENTE DEN HAAG
Netherlands
Address
Spui 70
2511 BT Den Haag
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
INTERNATIONELLA HANDELSHOEGSKOLAN I JOENKOEPING AB
Sweden
Address
Gjuterigatan 5
551 11 Joenkoeping
NEXUS EUROPE (IRELAND) LIMITED
Ireland
Address
Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane
8 Dublin
STICHTING EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR COMPARATIVE URBAN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam