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

Main source and all credits: ESPON EGTC https://www.espon.eu/participate/calls/open-calls/espon-scientific-conference-2018-call-abstracts

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 territorial development beyond static administrative units. An increasing number of cities and regions are working on the spatial development of cross-border and functional urban areas. Therefore, it is important to further strengthen the analytical, policy-making, monitoring and evaluation capacities for these areas. For this topic we are looking for papers that discuss an analytical tool or methodology that is able to capture territorial interrelations, functional areas and territorial development beyond static administrative units. Background information for this session can for example be found in the ESPON projects ACTAREA and CPS,

b)    Integrated territorial development

Key for this topic are methodologies that are able to monitor and measure integrated territorial development. Under the Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 integrated territorial development has gained a new momentum. The European Commission has introduced new tools that can be used to implement territorial strategies in an integrated manner by combining several funds and addressing the development of a territory across sectors. For this topic we are looking for papers that discuss a methodology able to measure and monitor the impact of integrated investments on the development of the territory across sectors. Background information for this session can be found in the ESPON Policy Brief on Indicators for integrated territorial and urban development.

c)    New data sources

Key for this topic are methodologies that are using new data sources and tools for territorial analysis. The use of traditional data such as official administrative statistics takes in general long to be published and used and does not cover all topics of interest for territorial cohesion. Moreover, increasingly new data sources are being discovered and used for observing territorial development trends, such as data and information from analysing internet activities or social media. For this topic we are looking for papers that discuss new data sources and tools that have been developed and used for territorial analysis. Background information for this session can for example be found in a feasibility study on analytical tools based on big data; CityBench and TERCO.

Call for abstracts

Important dates

  • 31 July 2018: Deadline for abstracts to be submitted
  • End August 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • End September 2018: Publication of the conference programme
  • 5 November 2018: Deadline for papers and slides of the selected abstracts
  • 14 November 2018: ESPON 2020 Scientific Conference
  • Submit your abstract here

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