Title: ‘Agents of change in old industrial towns in northwest Czechia’
PhD program: ’Applied Economics and Public Administration’, Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem
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Title: Challenging the set mining path
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Sessions organised by the project team:
SS16. Human Agency and Capacity to Act for Regional Development and Sustainability
SS14. Agents of Change in Old Industrial Regions of Europe
SS12. Agency and Regional Development in a Changing World
SS17. Roundtable Discussion: Lessons Learnt on Methodology Within the ACORE Project
Franziska Görmar: Regional SPHERES – Cooperative Transformative Governance Processes in Old-Industrial Regions of Central and Eastern Europe
Franziska Görmar: Narratives and Local Development: A Comparative Study of Zeitz and Lauchhammer in Germany
Melinda Mihály: Peripheralization, Political Discontent, and Social and Solidarity Economy—Case Studies From Rural Hungary and Germany
Melinda Mihály, Erika Nagy: Reindustrialization and the Limits of Local Agency in the European (Semi)Periphery: The Environmental ‘Externalities’ of Path Change
Jan Píša, Vladan Hruska: Disentangling the ‘Capacity to act’: Social and Cultural Capital of Agents of Change in old Industrial Regions
Jan Píša: Change Agency in Old Industrial Towns of Czechia: Towards an Individual Scale of Local Development
Ani Saunders: A New Path and Paradigm for Development in Old-Industrial Regions in Wales: The Rise of the Well-Being Narrative
Linda Stihl: Spinning Forward and Digging Deeper: Agency and Changing Institutions in Old Industrial Regions
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!
Session organisers: Markus Grillitsch, Lund University, Sweden; Linda Stihl, Lund University, Sweden
Session organisers: Nadir Kinossian, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany; Ani Saunders, Cardiff University, UK; Linda Stihl, Lund University, Sweden
Session organisers: Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary; Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, UK; Ani Saunders, Cardiff University, UK
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
Session organisers: Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary; Melinda Mihály, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Békéscsaba, Hungary
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Finally, after lifting the pandemic-related limitations on public events, project partners could come together! The meeting took place at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, 27-28. 04. 2022.
For the program see: Program_ACORE_Meeting_Ustí
Project partners contributed to Regional Studies Association Regions in Recovery Second Edition 2022 online event series (21st March – 1st April 2022)
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.
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.
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.
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