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Call for papers 2020
WG Programme Coordinators:
Barabashev, Alexey – National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russiaa, email@example.com
Andreeva, Lyubimka - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annika Jaansoo, University of Twente, The Netherlands, email@example.com
The main focus is the concept of inter-regional cooperation and regional development caused by cooperation, its definitions and its rationale.
The aims of WG are to provide an analysis of history and contemporary practice of inter-regional cooperation, its management, its forms and administrative procedures, its social and cultural peculiarities, and the impact of inter-regional cooperation on the development of regions (including within the borders of one state, and international cooperation) that are involved in cooperative processes. The theories of regional development that is caused by inter-regional cooperative processes, according to the aims of WG IV, should be specified as theories of inter-regional development, which take into account the benefits, challenges, outputs and outcomes of cooperation.
One of the topics of WG is dedicated to opportunities and challenges of transport policy and infrastructure cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe. The common regional transport policy and common infrastructure cooperation are still under-evaluated today. Specifically, the development of transnational cooperation should act as a catalyst for the realisation of intelligent solutions that respond to the regional challenges in the area of transport.
The broad themes for abstracts/proposals and key shifts which we are keen to facilitate discussion around, include, but are not limited to:
• Administrative governance in inter-regional cooperation and development at European, national or International level;
• The role of the different stakeholders (national, regional and local governments; civil societies) in inter-regional cooperation and the development process;
• Strategies of inter-regional cooperation and development both within the EU and beyond;
• Sectoral inter-regional cooperation and development in the NISPAcee region;
• Transport management and management issues, driving forces of trans-regional and inter-regional cooperation in the regions. Monitoring, systematisation and grounding of EU directives and objectives for the development of transport systems;
• Situation analysis of opportunities, possibilities and challenges for transport policy and infrastructure cooperation, the regional transport network establishing, financing of the regional transport systems;
• Implementation of inter-regional cooperation and development, its challenges and outcomes, and evaluations;
• Best practices of inter-regional cooperation and development;
• Theories of inter-regional cooperation and development.
The above mentioned fields of research and practices require participants to contribute to the theories and practice of the "Inter-regional Cooperation and Development" by including a variety of theoretical and practical data concerning the present and future development of inter-regional cooperation and development at all levels of governance (transnational, national, regional and local).
We are expecting final papers based on abstracts which address one or several of the above mentioned issues and have both theoretical and practical relevance, i.e. applicants should take into account and include in their papers, recommendations for better shaping of inter-regional cooperation and development, including points for practitioners and points relating to the EU and neighbouring countries and regions of NISPAcee, in relation to theoretic issues. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.
Papers will be considered by the coordinators of WG against the criteria of originality, subject balance and geographical (NISPAcee area) spread. Papers should include:
- The names of the authors and their affiliation,
- Introduction, which clearly states the objectives of the paper,
- Description of the problem studied,
- The research question to be answered in the paper,
- The way in which the research question is going to be answered,
- Information about the case(s)/data to be analysed,
- Evaluation and policy implications,
- Conclusions and discussion about the results, and the recommendations for practitioners (this part needs to result from the previous parts of the paper).