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  • Connecting Australian-European Science and Innovation Excellence (CAESIE) – funding for researchers and SMEs
    25 June 2013
    CAESIE is a bilateral partnership initiative between the European Union and Australia specifically aimed at enhancing science and technology collaborations between SMEs and researchers. CAESIE will, amongst other things, explore Australian cooperation in research activities coordinated or networked among European Union Member States. It will also provide a forum for Australian participation in Horizon 2020, which will replace the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the EC in 2014.
  • Interview Professors Cheshire and Blien -A globalising Dutch labour market: insights and challenges
    15 April 2013
    On Wednesday the 13th of March 2013 the VU-University in Amsterdam, the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and network organisation Platform 31 organised a workshop on the influence of globalization and agglomeration on the Dutch labour market and economy. The completion of a 4-year research project executed by Platform 31 and led by Professor Henri de Groot from the VU-University was one of the reasons for this workshop. More than 60 scientists and policy makers gathered to share knowledge and exchange experiences. This article gives a short overview of a few presentations held that day as well as of an interview with Professors Uwe Blien and Paul Cheshire.
  • Second tier cities in Europe: why invest beyond the capital cities in an age of austerity?
    27 May 2013
    An international study led by the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University and funded by the European Commission and ESPON provides new evidence about the economic performance of 124 second tier and 31 capital cities across Europe. Second tiers are the non-capitals whose performance matters most to the national economy. Capital and second tier cities combined constitute 56% of Europe’s total GDP. Second tiers contribute 33% and capitals 23 % of the total.
  • CURE: Creative Urban Renewal in Europe
    15 April 2013
    CURE stands for 'Creative Urban Renewal in Europe'. CURE is an EU-funded project (INTERREG IVB NWE) aiming to facilitate the trigger of growth of the creative economy in decayed urban areas of medium-sized cities in Northwest-Europe. The project brings together 7 project partners in Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK.
  • Understanding Creative Regions: Bridging the Gap between Global Discourses & Regional Contexts
    15 April 2013
    Over the last 15 years there has been an increasing focus on the importance of creativity in fostering economic development. Research on related concepts has, so far, overlooked how different national understandings, economic systems, and geographic and institutional contexts influence the way creative industries work as well as the type of policies implemented to support them. This special Regional Studies publication, Understanding Creative Regions: Bridging the Gap between Global Discourses and Regional and National Context, aims to address this problem. This article provides you with a summary of the research done by different researchers that are mentioned in the research report.
  • ACEVO Report - Youth unemployment, the crisis we cannot afford
    18 March 2013
    The United Kingdom has a structural youth unemployment problem. The current economic crisis in the UK is, for a large part, driven by low levels of demand for young people’s labour. However, even before the crisis began, somewhere between 7 to 9 percent of all young people were already heading for long-term unemployment. Current numbers show that over 1 in 5 of all young people in the UK are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET).
  • New report - NEETs – Young people not in employment, education or training: characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe
    14 January 2013
    In Europe there are 94 million Europeans aged between 15 and 29. It is a matter of great concern that only 34% of this group was employed in 2011, the lowest figure ever recorded by Eurostat. Serious as this statistic may be, they do not adequately capture the situation of young people, not least because many are students and hence classified as being out of the labour force. For this reason, EU policymakers are increasingly using the concept of NEET, which stands for ‘not in employment, education or training’.
  • Project Urban Creative Poles: development and promotion cultural and creative industries in medium-sized cities
    14 January 2013
    When talking about cultural and creative industries one mostly thinks about hip urban neighbourhoods in metropolitan areas like Berlin etc. – but what about smaller cities? Do they have the potential to become cultural and creative hubs? And if so - how do they do?
  • This is your chance! EMI invites researchers to be part of broad European movement of research and practice
    03 December 2012
    Recently EMI presented its Knowledge and Research Agenda on Economic Vitality: Towards a Smart Specialisation Strategy. The agenda addresses the main economic challenges of metropolitan areas across Europe from both a scientific and practical point of view. To take the agenda a step further EMI is building a consortium of researchers to develop a COST proposal. Taking part in this consortium will ensure your involvement as a researcher in a broad European movement of research and practice related to the complex challenges of urban economics and smart specialisation.
  • Impoverished facilities in shrinking cities have implications for social cohesion
    23 July 2012
    Residents in a shrinking region often attach more importance to the function of facilities, rather than its quality. This is one of the conclusions in the case study titled “Shrinkage in the picture - The social consequences of demographic change” by MOVISIE within the shrinking region of Borger-Odoorn in the Netherlands. Research about shrinking cities often focuses on a reducing population and increasing home vacancies. This publication describes the social consequences of shrinkage.
  • Overview interesting research on shrinking cities in Europe
    23 July 2012
    Shrinking cities’ is a challenge in many European regions. Both EMI and EUKN would like to share knowledge to help cities cope with these challenges. This article gives an overview of inspiring research publications (free to download), many of them containing case studies of shrinking cities.
  • From ICMA - Making Cities Livable Through Place Marketing
    23 July 2012
    ICMA, the International City/County Management Association in the United States, develops and advances professional local government management to create sustainable communities. This is one of the articles they published on place marketing: now more than ever, communities must think, plan, and act on their futures or be left behind in the new era of place wars. During the past 20 years, the durable lesson of places seeking to improve themselves is that all places are in trouble, or will be in the foreseeable future. Therefore, the economic stability and liveability of any place requires the community to ask why anyone would want to live, relocate, visit, invest, start, or expand a business there. In other words, what does the community, or place, have that people want or need?
  • Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
    12 July 2010
    Over the last two years, we have faced the world's worst economic crisis since the 1930s. This crisis has reversed much of the progress achieved in Europe since 2000. We are now facing high levels of unemployment, sluggish structural growth and excessive levels of debt. The economic situation is improving, but the recovery is still fragile. At the same time, the world is moving fast and long-term challenges – globalisation, pressure on resources, climate change, ageing – are intensifying.
  • EMI at Future of Cities 2012: Investment for Urban Growth
    01 March 2012
    EMI attended the Chatham House Conference on 6 and 7 February 2012 in London. The central question of the conference was: how can cities attract investments for urban growth? With an impressive list of key note speakers (amongst others Harvard Professor Edward Glaeser) and interesting examples of investment strategies all around the world, the Chatham House conference provided valuable insights and thoughts which will be used as further input for EMI´s Knowledge & Research Agenda on Economic Vitality of European Metropolitan Areas.
  • Economic activity in European cities - Global Metro Monitor 2011
    26 January 2012
    The Brookings Institute in the United States has analysed the capita GDP (income) and employment changes in the 2010 to 2011 period for 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan economies. Read some of the most important findings for European cities in quotes taken from the report:
  • Eurostat Regional Yearbook: regional diversity EU illustrated through statistics
    17 January 2012
    Which EU regions are the most developed? Which region has the highest proportion of the population with completed tertiary education? And which cities are considered to have the worst air quality? The answers to these questions and many more are found in the 2011 regional yearbook from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
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