European Week of Regions and Cities Master Class University on EU Cohesion Policy

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Regional Studies Association (RSA),  in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) are inviting PHD students and early career researchers interested in European Cohesion Policy to participate in the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities that will be held from 8 to 12 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, through the European Week of Regions and Cities Master Class University. This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects.

The European Week of Regions and Cities is a networking platform bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe and beyond, providing thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts with a marketplace for exchanging and discussing projects and issues related to regional and local development. 
It offers participants an opportunity to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs and implementing European Union cohesion policy.

Who can apply
Participants must be PhD students and early career researchers from EU Member States and non-EU countries. 

How to apply
Participants should submit their application form via email to by 9 May 2017, 15:00 BST,  with their research interests/studies and the contribution that participation would make to their career. 
Applications must be accompanied by abstracts of papers to be developed on one of these themes:
1) Resilient regions and cities: What local and regional strategies have proved successful in addressing the economic crisis and providing resilience? What lessons have regional and local authorities learned from the crisis and how has EU Cohesion Policy contributed to these lessons?
2) Governance of regional local development: How does EU Cohesion Policy influence “good governance” and innovation in the public sector?
3) Sharing knowledge across borders: How does EU Cohesion Policy facilitate learning between regions and cities and what are future directions in this respect?

The successful participants will need to submit their full paper with a maximum of 3,000 words by 11 September 2017.

30 students from the EU Member States and some non-EU countries will be invited to attend the Master Class.
They will have their travel and accommodation covered by the organisers. They are expected to attend the full programme and to engage actively in all aspects of the Master Class.

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