Client: ESPON EGTC
Partners: Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB (leader), University of Geneva – UNIGE, GISAT, Randbee Consultants
The activity is mainly directed towards developing tools to benchmark and analyse data on the current situation and recent trends in functional urban areas (as defined by the Eurostat and OECD) and other functional regions in Europe (like local labour market areas, etc.) using a set of indicators. As a harmonized EU-OECD functional urban area definition exists and Eurostat is working on methods how to establish comparable labour market areas across the EU, this activity will not focus on research to establish new (improved) functional delineations. Instead it is foreseen as mainly a data gathering, developing and benchmarking exercise.