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/#

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

Regions in Recovery – Building Sustainable Futures – Global E-Festival

ACORE project contributed to ’Regions in Recovery – Building Sustainable Futures – Global E-Festival’ online event series organised by Regional Studies Association, 2-18th of June 2021.

Papers presented by project partners:

  • F. Görmar, M. Mihály, J. Píša, L. Stihl, M. Grillitsch, V. Hruska, E. Nagy: Local agency unbounded: What is the scope for action in European mining towns?
  • L. Stihl: Breaking away from the set mining path; how change agency created new paths in a locked-in region

Here you can follow the sessions I and II on ‘Agents of change in old industrial regions of Europe’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw2HqI0tyNI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_dOjjC-25Y&feature=youtu.be

Projects results presented at ‘Globalising Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transregional Entanglements“ BASEES Regional Conference are available!

Franziska Görmar, Nadir Kinossian: Negotiating change: narratives in old-industrial regions in Germany [PPT]

Jan Piša, Vladan Hruška: Agents of change in old industrial regions: motivations, barriers and incentives [PPT]

Melinda Mihály, Erika Nagy: Contesting centrality and peripherality: Agents, strategies and changing dependencies shaping economic recovery in old CEE industrial centres [PPT]