Conceptual Approach

  • What does the term “City-Region” mean?
  • Does it “capture some of the most distinctive aspects of contemporary global urbanisation, and certainly some of the most pressing challenges and contradictions of urban life in the twenty-first century” (Robinson, 2013)?
  • How can City-Region’s past experiences be evaluated?
  • Is City-Region a relevant term in order to locate it in the comparative urban political challenges of the economy?

SmartCityCritical Social Innovation in the Smart City Era for a City-Regional European Horizon 2020

“In 2020, in the new EU strategic horizon that is opening at present, the place should matter more than ever when it refers to territories that are envisaged from the Social Innovation paradigm (Moulaert, Mulgan and Morgan). Nevertheless, how will the suggested H2020 strategy based on Smart City and Communities, contribute and implement the so-called Social Innovation; facing realistic, economic and politic-driven issues in an increasing territorially heterogeneous eU current context? This article aims to shed some light on the Critical Social Innovation (CSI) challenges from a constructive position”.
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regional-SIEthumbCritical Social Innovation for a City-Regional Europe: Why & How?

“In 2020, in the new EU strategic horizon that is opening at present, the place should matter more than ever when it refers to territories that are envisaged from de Social Innovation paradigm ….”.
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ca-img-thumbThe Future of City-Regions < > Comparative Territorial Benchmarking/Connection

ABSTRACT: What this paper is trying to highlight is how City-Regions are being actively constructed (Harrison, 2012), where they are being mobilised in support of, or in opposition to, particular territorial development models and strategies.
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