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The Area Work Packages

Work package 501:
undefinedROCSET - Institutional Preconditions of Socio-ecological Transition

Work package 502:
Implementing European Labour Policy on a Regional Level – The Case of Social and Labour Market Policy

Work package 503:
Implementing Integration Policy on a Regional Level – The Impacts and Management of Diversity

Work package 504:
The Role of EU Rural Areas in Face of Globalisation


Policy Briefs

Karl Aiginger, Matthias Firgo & Peter Huber, Policy options for the development of peripheral regions and countries of Europe, WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 2, December 2012


Most recent publications

Stephanie Barnebeck and Yannick Kalff, Urban agenda and urban sustainability strategies. Taking stock of policy implementation and policy discussion, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 103, June 2015

Judith Schicklinski, Civil society actors as drivers of socio-ecological transition? - Green spaces in European cities as laboratories of social innovation, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 102, June 2015

Thomas Sauer, Susanne Elsen, Stefan Kuhn, Stephanie Barnebeck, Cristina Garzillo, Yannick Kalff and Judith Schicklinski, Cities: Places of new European prosperity. Compendium of case studies on the socio-ecological transition of urban commons, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 6, March 2015

Thomas Sauer, Stephanie Barnebeck, Yannick Kalff and Judith Schicklinski, The Role of Cities in the Socio-Ecological Transition of Europe (ROCSET), WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 93, March 2015

Annex to WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 93: Cristina Garzillo and Peter Ulrich, Compilation of case study reports. A compendium of case study reports from 40 cities in 14 European countries, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 94, March 2015

Area 5 - The Role of Regions in the Envisaged Socio-ecological Transition

The role of cities in the socio-ecological transition is part of the wider research project Welfare, Wealth, Work for Europe. The Area 5 is led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Sauer (EAH). 

Aim

Area 5 focuses on the regional and local dimensions of the new European path to socio-ecological transition. Its central assumption is that any strategy developed to enhance socio-ecological transition is unlikely to yield strong results unless the resources of regional and local actors are mobilised and the complex interactions between central policy initiatives and their regional or local implementation are taken into account. Area 5 aims to shed new light on these interactions.

This Area augments the other parts of the project by first of all conducting case studies on the implementation of socio-ecological transition in different regional contexts that may be defined by differences in economic and institutional starting conditions (e.g. in terms of economic environment). The case studies will contribute to a better understanding of the feasibility of socio-ecological transition. They will provide evidence on how the process of socio-ecological transition can be initiated, monitored, and accelerated at the regional level.

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Research questions

  1. How do EU-wide and national policies interact with the implementation and outcomes of the envisaged socio-ecological transition on the local and regional level, taking into account the varying economic performance and labour market conditions in different European regions?
  2. What can be learned from regional comparative case studies on the institutional preconditions, which are most favourable for the feasibility and acceleration of the socio-ecological transition on the sub-national regional level?
  3. Is there a case for identifying a third sector of local commons, considering such elements as the local biosphere, a productive tolerance concerning cultural diversity and common knowledge pools as major assets of regional innovation systems?
  4. Do the results of the case studies undertaken in Area5 provide evidence for a more place-based regional policy of the EU (in terms of incentives and funding of infrastructure measures), considering the strong heterogeneity of European regions, or would a place-blind (institutional) overall European development policy be more appropriate for the implementation of the European socio-ecological transition?
  5. How can the institutional settings of multi-level European governance be improved to achieve a maximum of coherence between regional, national and EU policies, and what does this imply for the role of EU-regional policies in successfully implementing socio-ecological transitions?

Background

A new growth model needs to have bottom up elements. Regional, spatial and local policies have on the one hand to address the region-specific problems (CEC 2008), on the other hand they must support and underfeed national and European policy. Although this is uncontroversial in the academic as well as public debate and existing policy initiatives (e.g. the Lisbon agenda and also the current EU 2020 strategies) make reference to the potential role of regional and local actors in contributing to their objectives there is a lack of research identifying the exact nature of the links between regional policy implementation and national and regional institutions. This applies in particular when potential differences in these links across policy fields are considered and leaves policy makers rather unprepared in designing appropriate policies in this respect.


Publications

Stephanie Barnebeck and Yannick Kalff, Urban agenda and urban sustainability strategies. Taking stock of policy implementation and policy discussion, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 103, June 2015

Judith Schicklinski, Civil society actors as drivers of socio-ecological transition? - Green spaces in European cities as laboratories of social innovation, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 102, June 2015

Thomas Sauer, Susanne Elsen, Stefan Kuhn, Stephanie Barnebeck, Cristina Garzillo, Yannick Kalff and Judith Schicklinski, Cities: Places of new European prosperity. Compendium of case studies on the socio-ecological transition of urban commons, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 6, March 2015

Thomas Sauer, Stephanie Barnebeck, Yannick Kalff and Judith Schicklinski, The Role of Cities in the Socio-Ecological Transition of Europe (ROCSET), WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 93, March 2015

Annex to WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 93: Cristina Garzillo and Peter Ulrich, Compilation of case study reports. A compendium of case study reports from 40 cities in 14 European countries, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 94, March 2015

Peter Huber, The institutional pre-conditions for regional labour market policy making in the EU: Case studies and policy conclusions, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 70, October 2014

Andrea Bonfiglio, Roberto Esposti, Francesco Pagliacci, Franco Sotte and Beatrice Camaioni, Regional perspectives and distributional effects of European regional policies, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 66, September 2014

Dirk Dohse and Robert Gold, Cultural diversity and economic policy, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 64, July 2014

Dirk Dohse and Robert Gold, Determining the impact of cultural diversity on regional economies in Europe, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 58, March 2014

Beatrice Camaioni, Roberto Esposti, Francesco Pagliacci and Franco Sotte, How much rural is the CAP? WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 51, January 2014

Beatrice Camaioni, Roberto Esposti, Antonello Lobianco, Francesco Pagliacci & Franco Sotte, Looking for PeripheRurality, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 35, July 2013

Peter Huber, Labour Market Institutions and Regional Unemployment Disparities, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 29, July 2013

Adrien Labaeye & Thomas Sauer, City networks and the socio-ecological transition. A European inventory, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 27, July 2013

Thomas Horvath & Peter Huber, The impact of networks, segregation and diversity on migrants' labour market integration, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 22, July 2013

Dirk Dohse & Robert Gold, Measuring Cultural Diversity at a Regional Level, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 10, June 2013

Karl Aiginger, Matthias Firgo & Peter Huber, Policy options for the development of peripheral regions and countries of Europe, WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 2, December 2012