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Reinstating ‘local’ in cohesion and territorial development policy

Mar 9, 2018 | Opinions

(09 March 2018) – Katalin Kolosy, AEIDL consultant, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the RELOCAL project, reports here on the project’s gathering in Barcelona (Spain) on the 14th and 15th February 2018.

© Katalin Kolosy

RELOCAL is a four-year research project funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The €4.9 million project is coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland and brings together 13 partners covering 12 countries.

The basic assumption of RELOCAL is that the ‘local’ dimension plays an important role in promoting spatial justice and wellbeing in Europe. The general research questions can be summarised as follows: what factors enhance or limit the link between the ‘local’ and ‘cohesion’? How can spatial justice and local practice be better integrated into Cohesion Policy?

An important aspect of the project is the 33 case studies, to be carried out between 2017 and 2019. These in-depth studies will investigate processes of territorial inequalities in different localities.

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