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Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe

Objective

The ITN RegPol² - Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe centers on new patterns of regional disparities between metropolised core regions and the remaining parts of Central and Eastern European countries (CEE). Such spatial patterns have become a striking feature of the current settlement system of these countries and have lately fuelled concerns about further polarisation and the peripheralisation of non-metropolitan regions. Patterns of regional polarisation, however, do not remain restricted to CEE, but can be found throughout the European Union, albeit at different degrees. As such, there is an EU-wide high demand for professionals able to deal with the spatial implications of these issues. This holds true all the more so as balancing spatial development has been a major goal of European Regional Policy. Against this background, RegPol² trains 16 young researchers for careers in academia, public administration, NGOs and the private sector. Research training is organised in 3 work packages which comprise individual, albeit strongly interconnected research projects. Each project includes intersectoral secondments providing trainees with occupational skills while at the same time strengthening the interface between academia and the private sector. Local trainings will be supplemented by network-wide events enabling strong collaboration between the partners. Training includes transferable skills as well as theoretical and methodological units. The network draws on expertise from academia and private sector specialists from 7 different countries and 8 scientific disciplines used to working in interdisciplinary and multi-national contexts. Next to new training capacities at European level and an increased employability of ITN fellows, the project aims at improving regional policy instruments by raising capacities of politicians, public and private sector policy makers related to issues of regional polarisation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization
  • /social sciences/political science/public administration

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR LANDERKUNDE EV
Address
Schongauerstrasse 9
04328 Leipzig
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 806 214,86
Administrative Contact
Thilo Lang (Dr.)

Participants (7)

OSAUHING GEOMEDIA
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 193 729,36
Address
Ruutli Tn 4
51006 Tartu Linn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rivo Noorkoiv (Mr.)
SOCIAL IMPACT GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 224 406,38
Address
Schiffbauergasse 7
14467 Potsdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tobias Federwisch (Dr.)
MEPCO, SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 243 268,52
Address
Spalena 108/51
110 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Koppitz (Mr.)
KOZGAZDASAG- ES REGIONALIS TUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 471 062,24
Address
Toth Kalman Utca 4
1097 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Judit Timar (Dr.)
SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 403 656
Address
Vazovova 5
81243 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maros Finka (Prof.)
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 366 403,40
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu 1
400084 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jozsef Benedek (Prof.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 457 067,82
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Garri Raagmaa (Dr.)