The ACORE project goes to the RSA CEE conference ’ Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations’ in Leipzig, 14.09. – 16.09.2022

We aim to deliver the results of our 4-year project focused on ’Agents of change in old industrial regions’ and open up a discussion on agency, regional development, the multiple paths and dilemmas of recovery in industrial regions moreover, share our thoughts on the relevance of powerful concepts and combined methodologies in non-metropolitan, non-core, (post)industrial contexts. 

Please, join us in the sessions organised by the project partners! 

SS12. Agency and Regional Development in a Changing World (open session)

Session organisers: Markus Grillitsch, Lund University, Sweden; Linda Stihl, Lund University, Sweden

SS14. Agents of Change in Old Industrial Regions of Europe (closed session)

Session organisers: Nadir Kinossian, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany; Ani Saunders, Cardiff University, UK; Linda Stihl, Lund University, Sweden

SS15. Beyond Centralism v Localism: Local agency in the Multilevel Polity (open session)

Session organisers: Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary; Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, UK; Ani Saunders, Cardiff University, UK

SS16. Human agency and capacity to act for regional development and sustainability (open session)

Session organisers: Vladan Hruška, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic; Melinda Mihály, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary; Jan Píša, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

SS17. Roundtable discussion: lessons learnt on methodology within the ACORE project (closed session)

Session organisers: Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary; Melinda Mihály, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary

For further details please, go to the conference website:

https://www.regionalstudies.org/news/2022-rsa-cee-special-sessions/#

Regions in Recovery Second Edition 2022 online event series (21st March – 1st April 2022)

Project partners contributed to Regional Studies Association Regions in Recovery Second Edition 2022 online event series (21st March – 1st April 2022)

Special session ’Agents of change in old industrial regions’s (open session, 03.25. 9.00-11.00) https://events.rdmobile.com/Sessions/Details/1317182

Papers presented by ACORE partners:

  • Agents of change in old industrial regions of Europe by Nadir Kinossian, Melinda Mihály, Jan Píša, Linda Stihl, Ani Saunders
  • And an Agent of Change was Born… On the Role of Public Sector in Creation of Leaders in old Industrial Regions, by Jan Písa, Vladan Hruska
  • Investigating Change Agency Events – Towards a Research Agenda, by Markus Grillitsch, Josephine Rekers, et al.

Local policy workshop in Tatabánya

The first local policy workshop was organised by the Hungarian team on the 24th of February, 2022. The event was online and mobilized 22 participants including researchers, municipal officials and local NGOs.

The first session was focused on discussing the macro-context of local problems, such as industrial policy, environmental regulations, labour processes, social problems and housing crisis related to reindustrialization. In the second round, there was an open and lively discussion on local conflicts related to housing shortage and marginalization, old and new environmental conflicts moreover, to the unequal access to public services, and the limits of local community building.

The third round was organised thematically in chat rooms to identify agents, their resources, conflicts and cooperative actions in managing the social crisis and vast environmental problems. Working in small groups supported openness, connecting and discovering how networks could fill capacity gaps of various institutional agents.

Volkswagen Foundation Symposium on ‘Challenges for Europe’

ACORE project progress was introduced at Volkswagen Foundation Symposium on ‘Challenges for Europe’ July 9-20th 2021, Hanover, by N. Kinossian and V. Hruska (‘Agents of change in old industrial regions’) The discussion was contributed by Ani Saunders’ video on challenges of doing research in pandemic times.

Have a look at the presentation of project progress here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1meJQY-uOIQtceNQWHgo6opV83wZLd4drVpBtiLxY2jg/edit?usp=sharing

The access to the video:

 https://wetransfer.com/downloads/75d3941aceae3270830f7a076f703fba20210727100320/d43fb5cb8ae391f5cecca13073bd911d20210727100320/31ca58

RC21 Conference: Sensing the City – Place, People, Power

Project results were introduced at RC21 Conference ’Sensing the City – Place, People, Power’ July 14-16th 2021, organised by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute and the Research Committee 21 (RC21) on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association.
The paper presented:

  • Görmar, F. (2021): Negotiating change: competing narratives and imaginaries shaping the future of old-industrial towns ( Session 32: Perceiving a shrinking city – the local perspective, organised by M.Gunko and E. Batunova)

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/rc21-conference-2021/programme/

Amps Conference NYC – Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design

Project results has been presented at ’Amps Conference NYC – Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design’ 16-18th June 2021 organised by CUNY – City Tech / AMPS.

The paper presented:

  • A. Saunders: ’The Growing Influence of Well-being as a Mechanism for Tackling Regional Inequality’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkfqlDrksf0