RELOCAL – SECOND PROJECT CONFERENCE
The second conference took place last March in Lodz, involving researchers from three other H2020 projects on regional justice and EU cohesion policy. The keynote speech was given by Carlos Mendez, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, on the results of COHESIFY, one of RELOCAL’s ‘sister projects’ under H2020, which has assessed the impact of EU Cohesion policy on citizens’ attitudes to Europe.
There were also the representatives of two on-going H2020 projects: IMAJINE and PERCEIVE. Both share a common concern with RELOCAL about the reform of the Cohesion Policy and spatially divergent trends of social-economic development across Europe. There were other presentations, some of them showing first outcomes from RELOCAL project. The Conference ended in a Panel Session discussing interesting crosscutting issues and the prospect of European Cohesion Policy.
The first RELOCAL Project Conference was on 15th February in Barcelona. The University of Barcelona hosted our first conference, where twin projects as IMAJINE “Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe” and COHSMO “Inequality, urbanization and Territorial Cohesion: Developing the European Social Model of economic growth and democratic capacity” participated explaining their own experiences about the conceptual framework, methodological background and the dissemination processes of the projects.
Firstly, each project presented the conceptual framework developed at first stage of the proejct and the connections of them with the definition of spatial justice. Ali Madanipour (RELOCAL) (download PPT), Michael Woods (IMAJINE) and Hans Andersen (COHSMO) described the concepts identified for the development of each project.
The second panel discussion was about methodologies and data used for the analyses of spatial justice across Europe. Sabine Weck from RELOCAL explained the cases study approach of the project (download PPT), meanwhile Ana Viñuela from IMAJINE presented the methodology used for the analyses of territorial inequalities in Europe. Helen Janssen finalised this slot of discussion with the presentation of “Egohoods” approach for dealing with scale barriers in the analysis of territorial inequalities in RELOCAL project.
Finally, there was a debate among all projects about how the projects deal with “impact” and how “measuring this impact”, explaining the main tools used in the dissemination process for maximizing its impact. The open debate among projects let to create new synergies for future works.