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23/03/2022 - 09:30

Policy Workshop on Territorial Inequalities, Cohesion Policy and Spatial Justice in Europe

The IMAJINE Horizon 2020 project co-ordinated by Aberystwyth University is holding a Policy Workshop on Wednesday 23 March at Wales House, Brussels to consider key questions in relation to spatial justice, Cohesion Policy, migration and territorial inequalities in Europe now and in the future. The event will also be live-streamed.

The unevenness of economic development, prosperity and general wellbeing between regions in Europe is an ongoing challenge and has been brought into renewed perspective by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing territorial inequalities has been a central aim of EU Cohesion Policy but there are questions to be asked about the success of policies, the appropriateness of indicators and mechanisms for measuring disparities and targeting interventions, and the potential for adjusting strategies in anticipation of future trends including climate change, migration and demographic trajectories, and critiques of the centrality afforded to economic growth.

The Policy Workshop aims to bring together researchers and policy experts to discuss four key questions in a series of panels: Do we have the correct data to tackle spatial inequalities? What does spatial justice mean for EU Cohesion Policy? How can thinking about migration help to address territorial inequalities? What might territorial inequalities and spatial justice look like in the Europe of 2050?

The workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in policies and programmes to address territorial injustice and to promote spatial justice, including officials in the European Commission, European Parliament, other European institutions, and national, regional and local governments; staff in think tanks, NGOs and civil society groups; and academic and policy researchers.

Learn more about the workshop, find the agenda and register here.