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Urban Policies in the European Union from the perspective of Collaborative Planning

In June 2012, Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado finalized her PhD Thesis, entitled “Urban Policies of the European Union from the perspective of Collaborative Planning. The URBAN and URBAN II Community Initiatives in Spain” supervised by Professor Inés Sánchez de Madariaga at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Her thesis analyses the contribution of the urban policy of the European Union, in particular the two rounds of the URBAN Community Initiative, to the urban regeneration practice in Spain.

Collaborative Planning has been adopted as the conceptual framework that has provided the theoretical base, the focus and the guiding principle from which to analyse the urban dimension of European policies, through the development of a study that has delved into the historical context and the theoretical debate that laid the foundation of this approach to fight urban degradation launched by the European Commission in 1994.

The work described has allowed this Community Initiative to be characterised as a tool of urban regeneration which involved the adoption of a collaborative approach, whose ultimate aim was the transformation of governance.  It has also laid the foundations on which the analysis of the implementation of the collaborative approach in the URBAN (1994 – 1999) and URBAN II (2000 – 2006) programmes developed in Spain has been based.


The results attained by the programmes considered in light of the development of the practice of urban regeneration in the Spanish scenario, have led to conclusions about the contribution that the collaborative dimension has made to the Spanish context and have resulted in the identification of a number of lines of research that represent the continuation of the path taken by her thesis.

If you have questions or would like to receive a copy of the full thesis, please e-mail Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado.