Strengthening the vitality, quality of life and accessibility of urban areas

13 January 2017

Marco Bontje received funding for two JPI Urban Europe projects. 3S RECIPE will focus on smart solutions for regions dealing with demographic decline and BRIGHT FUTURE on innovative local development strategies in post industrial and smaller European cities.


The research team will implement innovative capacities from civil engineering, geography, urban planning, urban policies and sociology. The team will focus on themes like sustainability, viability and economic resilience. Members of the team are the University of Birmingham (consortiumleader), École Normale Supérieure (France), Uniwersytet Łódzki (Poland), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara (Romania), B Arts (local arts organisation in Stoke-on-Trent, UK) and the Institutul Intercultural Timisoara (Romania)


Innovative local development strategies go beyond the dominant economic driven philosophy suitable for large scale cities. The research team aims to develop new post industrial narratives that connect to the unique collective identity and the industrial past and present of cities in transition. Consortium members are the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Slovania, consortiumleader), the University of Eastern Finland (Finland), the University of Bucharest (Romania), Social Life Limited (organisation for placemaking and innovation, UK) and The Young Foundation (research centre for urban issues, UK).

About JPI Urban Europe

The Dutch government and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are participating in the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe to encourage collaboration between researchers from different countries. The vision of JPI Urban Europe is to fundamentally reconsider the dynamics of urban development in Europe so that the vitality, quality of life and accessibility of urban areas can be strengthened.

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