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ESPON -FOCI Future orientation of Cities

Research fields Urban studies
Urban dynamics
City and economy
Graph analysis
Keywords Planning
Urban Region Dynamics
Regional policy
Urban studies
Spatial impact
Funding Supported by ESPON (European Spatial Planning organizational Networks) : European Commission – 2008-2011 Support for UNIL : 150.000 CHF
Duration December 2008 - Juin 2011
Website http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_AppliedResearch/foci.html
Researchers Rozenblat Céline [email]

Lead Partner : Free University of Brussels – IGEAT – Morritz Lennert The major objectives of project FOCI are to analyse The functionality, trends and opportunities of European cities in terms of competitiveness, social cohesion and environment The relation of cities to their hinterland, especially their role as growth poles /motors The existing and potential « polycentric » inter-city cooperation for increasing competitiveness and service provision and to use the results of these analyses to develop scenarios of the possible futuredevelopment paths of cities in order to provide input to the policy making process.