Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Place-based Policies

RSA Central & Eastern Europe Conference 2017, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries.

The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level within CEE have led to the need to develop new strategies with a strong spatial focus, in order to deal with and respond to the challenges. This conference seeks to explore questions such as: how can we deal with polarisation and peripheralisation? What are the challenges for future place-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?

The RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca featured inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. This international conference offered an excellent opportunity to initiate a multidisciplinary dialogue on themes such as:

Resilient Communities Creative Regions/Economies (ITC, Creative Industries)
The Role of Clusters in Local Development Rural Areas Under Pressure (Marginalization & Rural Peripheries/Areas)
Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Use in Regional Development Sustainable Transport and Urban Mobility
Regional Impacts and Responses to Climate Change Territorial Change: Polarised Spatial Development or Convergence?
Environmental, Economic and Social Risks and Vulnerabilities Cross-Border Regions and Transnational Cooperation
Geo-politics and Geo-economy Places and Tourism Destination Development
GIS, GIScience and Spatial Data Urban/Regional Change and Development in CEE
Smart Specialization

Developing Cluj: Round Table Discussion

Territorial Governance Regional Policy in CEE: Old Legacies and New Challenges
Cohesion Policy  

 

 

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Press Releases 

Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, singura din Cluj inclusă în topuri de prestigiu mondial. De ce nu apar și alte instituții de învățământ superior https://www.ziardecluj.ro/universitatea-babes-bolyai-singura-din-cluj-inclusa-topuri-de-prestigiu-mondial-de-ce-nu-apar-si-alte-institutii-de-invatamant-superior

România, pe primul loc în UE la diferențele dintre regiunile bogate și cele sărace http://www.capital.ro/romania-pe-primul-loc-in-ue-la-diferentele.html

România, pe primul loc în UE la diferențele dintre regiunile bogate și cele sărace http://evz.ro/anunt-soc-despre-bogatii-romaniei.html

Specialiști internaționali discută la UBB soluțiile ehilibrării inegalităților dintre regiuni; România se situează pe primul loc în UE https://www.agerpres.ro/social/2017/09/11/specialisti-internationali-discuta-la-ubb-solutiile-ehilibrarii-inegalitatilor-dintre-regiuni-romania-se-situeaza-pe-primul-loc-in-ue-15-45-17

Dezvoltarea economică a României devine tot mai inegală. Suntem pe primul loc în UE http://www.monitorulcj.ro/economie/59994-dezvoltarea-economica-a-romaniei-devine-tot-mai-inegala-suntem-pe-primul-loc-in-ue#sthash.uHOCg3pQ.dpbs

IEAS 2017: Cele mai importante companii din automatizări, echipamente electrice și energie se reunesc în septembrie la Palatul Parlamentului https://www.agerpres.ro/ots/2017/09/11/ieas-2017-cele-mai-importante-companii-din-automatizari-echipamente-electrice-si-energie-se-reunesc-in-septembrie-la-palatul-parlamentului-15-23-29

Specialiști internaționali discută la UBB soluțiile ehilibrării inegalităților dintre regiuni; România se situează pe primul loc în UE http://www.napocanews.ro/2017/09/specialisti-internationali-discuta-la-ubb-solutiile-ehilibrarii-inegalitatilor-dintre-regiuni-romania-se-situeaza-pe-primul-loc-in-ue.html

Három napig Kolozsváron keresik a megoldást a növekvő regionális különbségekre http://penzcsinalok.transindex.ro/lokalis/20170911-harom-napig-kolozsvaron-keresik-a-megoldast-a-novekvo-regionalis-kulonbsegekre

 

We will continue the exchange of ideas, latest developments and research on CEE at the 2nd RSA CEE Conference in 2019 in Lublin, Poland.

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Conference organisers

Academic Organiser: Professor Jozsef Benedek, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

RSA Organiser: Wanda Miczorek: wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org, +44 (0) 1323 899 698

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