Dr Marcin Dąbrowski
Institute for European Integration Research (EIF), Austria, since 2014 Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Research Title: EU cohesion policy's special support instruments: impacts and added value of JESSICA and JASPERS in Central and Eastern European EU Member States
“RSA does a truly excellent job at supporting young academics with initiatives such as the RSA Early Career Grant Scheme. The scheme offers generous funding allowing for conducting a substantial and ambitious research project, while the application procedure remains very simple and quick.”
* Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas
** Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions
The purpose of this research project is to investigate the operation and the added value of the EU cohesion policy's special support instruments. By investigating the implementation of JESSICA and JASPER schemes and their impacts and spill-over effects in two of the New Member States (NMS) of the EU (Poland and Czech Republic), the study will fill a major research gap and provide new empirical evidence. In fact, there is hardly any scholarly literature on financial engineering instruments supporting economic development in the EU. The study can contribute to three strands of the literature: studies on EU cohesion policy, multi-level governance and urban development. Moreover, the study will aim at contributing to improvement of the policy practice by identifying barriers for successful implementation of these special support instruments and generating policy recommendations for policy-makers at EU, national and sub-national levels.
The study will address the following research questions:
- What are the implications of JESSICA and JASPERS for the effectiveness of EU interventions for regional and urban development? To what extent can these initiatives contribute to generation of better quality, more strategic and sustainable projects, as compared with the grant-based funding schemes? In other words, do these initiatives fulfil their promise of 'doing more with less'?
- What is the added value and spill-over effects of implementation of JESSICA and JASPERS? To what extent and how do JESSICA and JASPER initiatives contribute to improvement of administrative capacity at the sub-national level in the NMS? To what extent does JESSICA stimulate regional governance and collaboration between the actors of urban development?
- Finally, what are the barriers for the implementation of JESSICA and JASPERS and what solutions can be proposed to overcome them?
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