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bottom-up focus

One important step in advancing current debate regarding the role of place-based development, local strategies and sustainability within broader understandings of cohesion would be to elaborate notions of locale and the significance of the local in terms of theoretical conceptualisations, development scenarios and potential policy options. For this reason, RELOCAL adopts a bottom-up focus on place-making as a continuous and iterative process of defining community needs and aspirations that at the same time is embedded within different scales of policy definition and delivery. Within our localist approach, we will pursue scenario development as an analytical framework, a policy-oriented tool and as a means to develop theoretical and methodological pathways to understanding conditioning factors of European Cohesion.

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