Priority 1: Applied Research

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Applied Research Projects, conducted under Priority 1 of the ESPON 2013 Programme, are thematically defined by the demand of policy makers (the Monitoring Committee). The projects create European-wide, comparable information and evidence on territorial potentials and challenges focusing on opportunities for success for the development of regions and cities. Cross-thematic applied research is a major activity integrating existing thematic analysis and adding future analysis of new themes. Territorial impact studies of EU policies are another focus under this priority. Each research project is conducted by a trans-national research team with partners in at least three countries.

Current Priority 1 Projects are:

  • DEMIFER – Demographic and Migratory Flows Affecting European Regions and Cities
  • EDORA – European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas
  • ESPON CLIMATE – Climate Change and Territorial Effects on Regions and Local Economies in Europe
  • FOCI – Future Orientation for Cities
  • ReRISK – Regions at Risk of Energy Poverty
  • TIPTAP – Territorial Impact Package for Transport and Agricultural Policies
  • ARTS – Assessment of Regional and Territorial Sensitivity
  • ATTREG – Attractiveness of European Regions and Cities for Residents and Visitors
  • KIT – Knowledge, Innovation, Territory
  • TERCO – European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life
  • TRACC – Transport/Accessibility at Regional/Local Scale
  • GEOSPECS – Geographical Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe
  • SGP – Secondary Growth Poles in Territorial Development

Please see the relevant pages of the ESPON EU website for further details

Irish Involvement: The Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork is one nine partners on the recently launched GEOSPECS project, reflecting the Centre’s expertise in the science of coastal and marine environments and their management. The Rural Economy Reserach Centre, Teagasc also contributed to the EDORA project, providing a case study of rural development in Ireland.

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