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RELOCAL Working Paper Series 2 – Abstracts of 18 draft case studies

By: Members of RELOCAL Consortium (2018)

The empirical phase of RELOCAL research started out with work focussing on the selection of eight case studies in October 2017 with the purpose of testing the project’s approaches and methodology. Then fieldwork, stakeholder engagement and data analyses were extended to altogether 33 case study areas (see on the Map below) engaging the RELOCAL research teams from eleven European countries. By September this year, 18 of the Case Study Reports have been prepared as ‘full drafts’ to be circulated and reviewed within the project partnership. The RELOCAL Working Paper Series 2 at hand offers summaries of these to a wider interested audience.


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Paper: Problems of post-industrial city development. Tensions between the structure and image of Łódź (Poland)

By: Wójcik, M., Tobiasz-Lis, P., & Dmochowska-Dudek, K (2017)

The social and economic structure of towns and cities is characterised by a considerable degree of internal complexity and this ensures that the space societies generate is non-uniform, and subject to various transformations over time. Unevenness across urban space may be described by reference to different dimensions, which can be objective (relating to urban planning, the economy or society),or else symbolic, as inhabitants assess (assign value to) it, by way of individual experience and imagination. This is of particular importance where a society resembles that of Poland in having come through a multi-dimensional transformation variously described as a transition, modernisation, Europeanisation, globalisation or democratisation.

Attention was paid to selected aspects of spatial change, with the focus being on the contemporary development of Łódź, as associated with a new dynamism where large-scale urban developments are concerned – all the more so under the influence of programmes receiving EU funding.


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Paper: Locality and spatial justice: A conceptual framework

By: Madanipour, A., Shucksmith, M., & Talbo, H. (2017)

This publication is based on the Deliverable 1.1 of the Work Package 1 in the RELOCAL project. This EC-funded, Horizon2020, four-year project (2016-2020) examines place-based strategies in Europe from the perspective of spatial justice. As a possible response to an increasing need for developing European Union Cohesion Policy in terms of greater sensitivity towards territorial specificities, more supportive of community-based development and facilitation of greater civic participation, place-based strategies need to be critically studied.


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