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ONE task at a time - always

This could be one of the most ambitious, potentially influential projects coined by a European city thus far.

original source and all credits: @FeargusOSullDec 20, 2016Citylab Stockholm's Ingenious Plan to Recycle Yard Waste Discarded Christmas trees will be transformed into plant food, biofuel, and carbon sinks—but that’s just the beginning.
Does your heart bleed a little when you see an abandoned, balding Christmas tree wasting away on the curb? If so, your holiday cheer might last a little longer knowing that a project taking root in Stockholm could make those withering pines truly useful to the very end. Instead of tossing trees into the shredder, the city is launching a program this month to collect them and turn them intoan environmental workhorse known as biochar. This charcoal product can be mixed into soil to greatly improve its drainage and nutrient levels, spurring vibrant growth for more plants. Meanwhile, the heat created b…

Forthcoming: A virtual special issue from Regional Studies, Regional Science

Oliveira, E. (forthcoming 2017)​​​​​, Editorial for virtual special issue The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions, Regional Studies Regional Science

The special issue involves six papers in which three specific knowledge lacunae are visible. The first is the emergence of new kinds of governance spaces dealing with this issue of fuzziness. Secondly, there is the emergence of a new setting of interterritorial cooperation as flexible territorial-based governance arrangements. Finally, there is the emergence of new kinds of functionality regarding urban regions based on the labour market and home-to-work travel. Read the full Editorial at 
Featured ArticlesNew approaches in European governance? Perspectives of stakeholders in the Danube macro-regionFranziska SielkerMoving away from local-based flood risk policy in AustriaTh…

before-&-after street transformations

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Christmas Potential Index

This a re-blog only and the original source is Children in northern Finland, Iceland and northern Norway can expect an earlier Christmas presents delivery by Santa than children in other parts of the Nordic Region. Nordregio’s Christmas Potential Index (CPI) is made up of indicators that have been carefully selected because of their implications for the level of Christmas-ness of kids and older kids (i.e. adults). The CPI aims at helping Santa to plan his Nordic delivery in the most efficient way possible. The selected indicators offer strong communicative value allowing the ranking to be easily understood and widely used by the givers (Santa and his helpers) and the beneficiaries (kids and old kids). The data has been harmonised and standardised and is drawn from a shaky to a solid data base. The 6 selected indicators are grouped in 3 sub-themes:  Terms of Use  All images are the property of Nordregio. They may be fr…

Land-system science for analysing dynamic landscapes: data, tools and models

summer school 'land-system science for analysing dynamic landscapes: data, tools and models', which will take place from August 27 to September 1, 2017 in Filzbach, Switzerland.
Students will develop an integrated understanding of land system science and landscape assessment. You learn to use state-of-the-art data, tools, and models for spatial analyses as well as improve your ability to build strong connections between scientific understanding and the communities of practice and policy that govern and manage the use of land.

This summer school is organised by the Landscape Reserch Center of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, the Center of Development and Environment CDE of the University of Berne, and the Global Land Project GLP. The lecturers are outstanding experts in their fields and come from WSL, CDE, ETH Zurich, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University.
PhD Students and Postdocs of any topic of land use research are welcome! Please fill in the online applicati…

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. - Seneca


Call for Submissions    NOW OPENThe Local Organizing Committee of ERSA2017 invite you to submit your contributions to ERSA2017 in Groningen! We look forward to receiving your submissions before February 10th 2017 . Should you have any questions, please contact the Local Organizing Committee at
Congress themesThe congress theme is ‘Social progress for resilient regions’, but the congress covers all fields in Regional Science. In addition to the general themes, a limited set of Special Sessions will be organized. The Special Sessions address specific and topical themes in Regional Science. Please, refer to the Submission guidelines 2017 for the procedures and important dates for each session type.
Special Sessions (S)S01. Regional Resilience in the face of Natural Disasters and Climate Change (in association with the Waddenacademie)
Alessandra Faggian, Luciana Lazzeretti, Silvia Rita Sedita, Jouke van Dijk
S02. Urban Disasters and Resilience Policies of Cities
Kamila Borsek…

Up to 3,000 homes to be built on former Irish Glass Bottle site