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  • Case study in the spotlight – Municipality of Duisburg and neighbourhood renewal
    18 September 2013
    Over the last two decades the city of Duisburg has gained a great deal of experience in developing integrated action plans that involve the residents in its most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Interdepartmental working teams were established in order to create a strategic framework to improve the economic, physical, social, infrastructural, structural and environmental situation in the neighbourhoods. This article highlights two cases in which different neighbourhoods in Duisburg have been regenerated successfully.
  • Launch of New European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC)
    12 August 2013
    Unfortunately, within the current economic crisis child poverty is also on the rise. The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) helps policymakers and practitioners active in the field of policies affecting children share best and innovative practices to help children and their families face up to the challenges created by the current economic crisis. EPIC invites you to participate in and use this user-friendly tool for mutual learning and knowledge exchange.
  • Research: overqualification of skilled immigrants in the EU - Situations and Approaches from the Local Level
    27 May 2013
    This research report seeks to contribute to building knowledge on overqualification among skilled third-country nationals in the European Union, and to share strategies and tools, developed at the local level, to address this issue. The report is a deliverable of the REALISE project, which has been funded by the European Integration Fund of the European Commission, and implemented between 01 September 2011 and 28 February 2013. The REALISE project partners are active in: Ghent (Belgium); Bilbao and Seville (Spain); Botkyrka (Stockholm), Budapest (Hungary); Cesena (Italy); Heraklion (Greece); and London (United Kingdom).
  • Large housing estates: ideas, rise, fall and recovery. The Bijlmermeer (Amsterdam) and beyond
    27 May 2013
    Large housing estates: for some people these three words symbolise all that is wrong in urban planning. Large is wrong because many people prefer living in surroundings reflecting the human scale. Housing as a single function is wrong because mixed areas are more lively. And estates are wrong, as these refer to top-down planned areas, in which the residents themselves have no say.
  • Maria Sibireva: ‘the city cannot exist without children’
    20 March 2013
    Maria Sibireva, PhD in Sociology, posted her poster presentation on the LinkedIn discussion group. She was asked to write an article about her research into child playing areas in the city. Maria Sibireva: ‘the process of planning and designing the city must be based on the needs of people, especially of children. Normally only parents, psychologists, teachers and other adults are asked questions. Where is the voice of children in planning an designing a city?’
  • Communities of Practice strengthen urban practitioners
    10 May 2012
    The Dutch national government and the urban municipalities in the Netherlands collaborate closely in improving a large number of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. One of the tools at their disposal are the so-called ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) meetings. In April 2012, EMI visited one of these Community of Practice meetings with practitioners of neighbourhoods in the city Tilburg.
  • Tool to measure self-sufficiency of vulnerable people
    26 March 2012
    The G4-USER Academic Collaborative Centre, a Dutch Public Mental Health alliance between Public Health Services and universities of the 4 major cities in the Netherlands has developed the Self-Sufficiency Matrix (SSM-D). This new tool measures the self-sufficiency of vulnerable people during intake and over time. The first working experiences with the tool are very successful and hence the intention to open up the tool to European cities. It will create a large European database with information as well as providing cities the opportunity to realise tailor-made policies.
  • New book - Breaking Rules: The Social and Situational Dynamics of Young People’s Urban Crime
    24 April 2012
    Why do certain people commit acts of crime? Why does crime happen in certain places? These and other questions feature in Per-Olof H. Wikström’s latest book Breaking Rules: The Social And Situational Dynamics of Young People’s Urban Crime. Wikström is Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and recently held a key-note speech on this topic during the EMI public lecture at 24 November 2011.
  • Report: A practitioner´s view on neighbourhood regeneration
    27 October 2011
    Starting point for this report was a group of 6 cities that jointly participated in a working group of Urban Regeneration of EUROCITIES. This working group started 1,5 year ago a unique project in which practitioners working daily in deprived neighbourhoods, exchanged experiences and tested the mainstream ideas of urban regeneration against practical experiences. The practitioners actually visited each other projects and that is what makes this project unique.

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