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ROBUST: Rural-urban outlooks: unlocking synergies

Programme:

Horizon 2020

Objective:

Mutually beneficial relations along rural – peri-urban – urban trajectories can contribute substantially to Europe’s smart, sustainable and inclusive growth agenda. Well-designed governance arrangements can be conducive to decisions that strengthen beneficial relations between rural and urban areas.

ROBUST will identify and strengthen policies, governance systems and practices that can contribute more effectively to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Particular attention will be paid to the capacities of municipal and regional governments, the related administrations and other stakeholders to deliver and enhance mutually beneficial relations. ROBUST aims to provide practice oriented information about successful governance models applicable to different settings as well as related communication and training material. ROBUST will in this way contribute to a better understanding of rural-urban interactions, and it will at the same time enhance the capacity of relevant actors and institutions to foster mutually beneficial relations along rural – peri-urban – urban trajectories.

Results:

  • Action and Policy oriented Conceptual and Methodological Framework – a co-developed analytical framework and set of methodologies and tools for describing and analysing relations along rural–peri-urban–urban trajectories.
  • Rural-Urban Synergy Webs – an in-depth analysis of the connections between more beneficial relations between rural, peri-urban and urban areas, and the creation of value added and job growth, including 5 Thematic Workshops, 11 Regional Workshops.
  • Enhancing synergies in spatial development – an assessment of potentials and bottlenecks for enhancing mutually beneficial relations in 11 diverse territorial settings, including 11 Scenario Workshops.
  • Identification of successful governance models, tools and processes that support mutually beneficial rural–peri-urban–urban relationships and opportunities for cross-sectoral cooperation, including 5 Thematic Workshops.
  • Transferability and replicability of governance arrangements, to contribute to a wider application of successful governance models and tools through co-learning, the elaboration of communication and training materials, and a set of best-practice examples, including EU Level Workshop and training materials.
  • Differentiated policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the uptake and continuous development of successful governance models at EU, national, regional and municipal levels.

Project partners:

  • WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY, Netherlands – lead partner
  • REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE LJUBLJANA URBAN REGION (RRA LUR), Slovenia
  • ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
  • NODIBINAJUMS BALTIC STUDIES CENTRE, Latvia
  • TUKUMA NOVADA DOME, Latvia
  • UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE LBG, United Kingdom
  • BUNDESANSTALT FUER BERGBAUERNFRAGEN, Austria
  • PLANUNG & FORSCHUNG POLICY RESEARCH & CONSULTANCY BERGS UND ISSA
  • PARTNERSCHAFTSGESELLSCHAFT WIRTSCHAFTS  UND   SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLER, Germany
  • PERI-URBAN REGIONS PLATFORM EUROPE, Belgium
  • UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA, Spain
  • OIKOS SVETOVANJE ZA RAZVOJ DOO, Slovenia
  •  LUONNONVARAKESKUS, Finland
  • HELSINGIN KAUPUNKI, Finland
  • GENERALITAT VALENCIANA, Spain
  • ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH), Germany
  • GEMEENTE EDE, Netherlands
  • COMMISSAO DE COORDENACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO REGIONAL DE LISBOA E VALE DO TEJO, Portugal
  • INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO, Portugal
  • UNIVERSITA DI PISA, Italy
  • GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, United   Kingdom
  • REGIONALVERBAND FRANKFURTRHEINMAIN, Germany
  • PROVINCIA DI LUCCA, Italy
  • WELSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION, United       Kingdom
  • REGIONALMANAGEMENT STEIRISCHER ZENTRALRAUM, Austria

Financing:

Total budget:  5.999.934,00 EUR

Budget for RRA LUR: 82.312,00 EUR

Co-financing EU (100 %): 82.312,00 EUR

Time duration:

1st June 2017 – 21st May 2021