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RELOCAL conference: achieving a spatially and socially just Europe

The event focuses on achieving a spatially just Europe (image: Mojpe/Pixabay)
"The tool developed by Dr Currie and Dr Piras was used to analyse the 33 case studies to be showcased during the conference"

How can we produce a Europe that is spatially and socially just? Is it possible to discuss cohesion and territorial development policy without considering localities and local experiences? The RELOCAL policy conference (15th March) will focus on these and other issues, including a presentation by James Hutton Institute social scientists Margaret Currie and Simone Piras.

The virtual event aims to share and discuss the results of four years of research, focussing on 33 in-depth case studies in Europe. To do so, partners of the RELOCAL research project invite citizens, NGO activists, civil servants, elected representatives acting at local, national, and European levels to share experiences, questions, and challenges on making European policies for cohesion equitable.

Dr Currie and Dr Piras will present an innovative tool developed to assess the coherence and sustainability of policy interventions promoting spatial justice. The tool was used to analyse 33 case studies in RELOCAL, two of which will be showcased during the conference.

As an example of policy intervention to foster ‘fragile areas’, Dr Currie and Dr Piras will showcase Strengthening Communities, implemented by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on the Isle of Lewis.

Comments from the audience and discussions will support the elaboration of recommendations for a fairer Cohesion Policy.

For a full conference programme and to book a slot, visit the RELOCAL website.

More information from: 

Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.