Showing posts from June, 2018

Meaningful Public Engagement


"Supporting the establishment of the Riga Metropolitan Area Action Plan"

With current stakeholders of the ESPON Inspire Policy Making with Territorial Evidence "SPIMA Targeted Analysis" acting as ambassadors in a peer-to-peer learning exercise, the workshop "Supporting the establishment of the Riga Metropolitan Area Action Plan" provided a critical review and advice on ongoing policy developments of Riga Metropolitan planning approach. 
The discussions were held on the basis of the results of this targeted analysis and the experience of invited stakeholders in their application. 
You can find the supporting slides of the discussions at the workshop such as the presentation on "Spatial Planning in Metropolitan Areas: Perspectives from SPIMA" by Peter Austin, Dep. of Urban Development, City of Oslo & Lead Stakeholder of SPIMA and the "Keynote on ongoing policy developments of Rīga Metropolitan planning approach according to the ESPON SPIMA method" by Edouard Fleury at

Citizen science to monitor landscape changes


Regional Studies Association (RSA) Regions e-Zine

As part of the launching strategy of Regional Studies Association (RSA) Regions e-Zine #RSAeZine we are preparing a number of videos highlighting sections, formats, writing styles, sharing options, licensing etc. . These brief promotional videos will be shown in forthcoming events organized by RSA from China to New Zealand. .You can now read the first issue at and check the forthcoming RSA events at

2018 RSA Annual Conference, Lugano


The UK's rapid return to city centre living By Paul Swinney & Andrew Carter

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Paul Swinney & Andrew Carter A generation ago many UK city centres were dreary and dilapidated places, with a reputation for crime. Now, they are among the most desirable areas of the country to live. What's changed? Take a walk through the centre of cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham and you will see smart new high-rise apartments, office blocks and the ever-present cranes building still more. At street level are cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms serving their often young and affluent customers - the people who increasingly define these areas. Only 30 years ago inner city populations that had grown rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries had dwindled - the residents leaving cramped, urban housing for more spacious suburbs and new towns. The reversal that has taken place - especially in the north of England and the Midlands - demonstrates a dramatic urban renaissance and a shift in how people wa…

How can companies interpret the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a context relevant for their business and value chain?


Twitter for scientists: Why & How

Reblogged from Spatial Foresight: Why Territorial Foresight Matters for Policy-Makers

June 9, 2018, Frank HolsteinA better understanding of possible future territorial balances or imbalances can support policy-making processes to better adapt to future developments and needs. Territorial Foresight supports gaining better insights on territorial consequences of policy choices with broad ownership among different stakeholders.

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Building the next generation of research on territorial development: ESPON Scientific Conference 2018

Main source and all credits: ESPON EGTC Three topics Three topics have been identified as common challenges for improving and further developing the support to policy makers with addressing the territorial dimension in policy development: a) territorial interrelations; b) integrated territorial development; c) new data sources. A call for abstracts is looking for papers that describe, explain and communicate new concepts, methods, indicators, typologies, tools, maps and models that have been developed and used in relation to one of these three topics. In addition, we are also looking for contributions that critically reflect upon the traditional way of doing territorial research in relation to the three topics: are we asking the right questions?  a)    Territorial interrelations Key for this topic are methodologies that are able to capture territorial interrelations, functional areas and …

Rethinking Urban Sprawl: Moving Towards Sustainable Cities


2018 RSA Europe's Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College, Cagliari, Sardinia

Novel Approaches to Sustainable and Inclusive Development (4th-7th September 2018). I would highly appreciate if you could share this announcement with your fellow colleagues.
The Regional Studies Association Europe's Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College will create a fertile environment to tackle these challenges, training students and young researchers to collaborate and work across disciplines. The RSA Europe's Summer College has been established to focus on how ideas, theories, methods and data can be leveraged across disciplines for the purpose of scientific advancement. Applications are welcome from PhD candidates and post-docs who have been awarded a PhD in the past 5 years, from a variety of disciplines and institutional backgrounds.
MAIN OBJECTIVES To develop new networks beyond Economic Geography and Regional Science and/or Studies.To explore collaborations at the intersection of disciplines.To push the frontier of scientific inquiry in one field by incorporation of i…

Are you an Early Career researching urban and rural wellbeing, First Nations economies or global value chains for regional sustainability? The 3rd RSA Australasia Conference 2019 has a call out for an EC plenary speaker


ESPON - Survey to capture the provision of cross-border public services in Europe


ISOCARP: Newsletter June 2018

New thinking on functional urban areas, polycentric territorial structures and cross border collaboration: contributions from ESPON research

Desertification is a global phenomenon that threatens everyone, and we must start to act globally to build a sustainable and stable future for all. Land has true value. Invest in it!



INTERREG ANNUAL EVENT 2018 - Now on stage and live to all corners of the world via Ilona Raugze, Director of ESPON Inspire Policy Making with Territorial Evidence and Kai Böhme, Director of Spatial Foresight discussing territorial coherence. One of the key messages by Ilona Raugze - “territorial development is shaped by interdependencies among places.” #Interreg2018#ESPON#ESPONevidence

(photo credits:, Interreg Southwest, Santander, Spain)


CALL FOR PAPERS – PLANNING REGIONAL FUTURES Regional Studies Special Issue / RSA Winter Conference 2018, 15-16 November, London. Organisers: John Harrison (Loughborough University), Daniel Galland (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Newcastle University)
Planning Regional Futures Since Regional Studies was founded in 1967, planning and planners have been central to understanding cities and regions. In the first ever issue of the journalthe opening four papers all had “regional plan” or “regional planning” in their title. Yet asRegional Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, planning could be seen to face powerful challenges – professionally, intellectually, practically – in ways arguably not seen before. Recent developments and trends have raised fundamental questions about the ‘p’ word (planning) in academic and policy circles. We can point to how planning is no longer solely the domain of professional planners but has been opened up to a diverse group…

Words of the day

“Don't waste time on what's not important. Don't get sucked into the drama. Get on with it: don't dwell on the past. Be a big person; be generous of spirit; be the person you'd admire.” – Allegra Huston

EU supported Integrated Territorial and Urban Development Strategies 2014-2020

The 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy provides Member States with new opportunities to support sustainable urban development and other integrated territorial strategies. 

Emphasis is put on the integrated nature of these, tackling the main urban and territorial challenges in cross-cutting ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of individual actions.

Credits: DG JRC and DG REGIO under the umbrella of the  Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies

Territorial Cohesion Post 2020: Integrated Territorial Development for B...


#Freeaccess to Editors’ Pick articles from all five Regional Studies Association journals

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

:::17.06.2018 is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought:::
Throughout the past months we have been researching the roles of spatial planning practice in halting and reversing land degradation due to urban expansion and soil sealing. Here some open access resources on sustainable land management:

1) presentation and

2) original academic article .

If you are interested in contribute check the

Ilona Raugze, Director ESPON-EGTC speaking at the High Level Roundtable on integrated territorial development at the World Urban Forum (WUF9)


Call for Tenders for the ESPON (ESPON EGTC) programme: Sustainable land-use

Applied Research “Sustainable land-use”

The main outcome should be development trends of European regions and cities in relation to land-use patterns, land-take, urban sprawl and sustainable land use

What exactly is urban sprawl and how can it be measured?


Governance performance in strategic spatial planning

First Peer-learning workshop bringing together stakeholders of #ESPONSPIMA

First Peer-learning workshop bringing together stakeholders of and local - national policy makers in Riga to support the establishment of Riga Metropolitan Area Action Plan



Milestone achieved: 200 citations

measured by Google Scholar
3 most cited articles
Content, context and co-creation: Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination 1)
Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument 2)
Place branding in strategic spatial planning: A content analysis of development plans, strategic initiatives and policy documents for Portugal 2014-2020 3)

Re-Blogged:The right messaging should be the cornerstone of your research communications strategy

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Story example #1Consider the example of Anytown High School. As a result of adopting such a programme, there was a drastic reduction in bullying cases brought forth by students and parents.  Story example #2Consider the story of a particular student who personifies the numerous young men and women whose lives are ruined by bullying. This person’s life has been negatively impacted: the abuse suffered led to him dropping out of school and propelled a substance abuse issue that still hasn’t been resolved. Data/memorable statisticsMany school administrators don’t realise school bullying is a problem. In fact, according to our survey, X per cent of school administrators don’t think it is a problem in their school, while X per cent of students say they have been victimised by bullying. Programmes that incorporate education ab…

Video message by Ilona Raugze Director of ESPON EGTC


EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020: links with other EU programmes


The Planning System of the Iberian Peninsula: Past, EU Integration, EU Cohesion Policy and Cooperation

From Selling the City to City Branding. A Critical Perspective

Investigating the components of territorial governance

Territorial Governance in Strategic Spatial Planning Processes

Key elements of governance in strategic spatial plan making and plan-implementation

Mayor of London awards £2m for #greenspaces (via Landscape Insight) Sadiq Khan has announced the six winners of over £2m of grant funding for green space improvements, as part of his push to make London the world’s first