RELOCAL – Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development, EU and neighbourhood countries, 2020

Client: European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme

Partners: University Eastern Finland, ILS Germany, University Newcastle, Stockholm University, Nordregio, James Hutton Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, DELFT University, University of Luxemburg, University of Lodz, Desire Foundation, University of Thessaly

EU Horizon 2020 research project ‘Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development’ – RELOCAL aims to identify factors that condition local accessibility of European policies, local abilities to articulate needs and equality claims and local capacities for exploiting European opportunity structures. It is based on case studies of local contexts (cities and their regions) that exemplify development challenges in terms of spatial justice. Case study locations will thus be chosen to allow for a balanced representation of different institutional contexts.

FLAGSHIP – Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal cHallenges and Innovative Policies, EU, 2015

Client: European Commission / FP7

Partners: ISINNOVA (Italy), OEAW-VID (Austria), BC3 (Spain), SIGMA (France), CEPS (Belgium), HiiL (The Netherlands), CDS (Bulgaria), ICS-UL (Portugal), KNAW-NIDI (The Netherlands), OME (France), S4S (Luxembourg), SEIT (Estonia), SEURECO (France), SAN (Poland), TNO (The Netherlands)

FLAGSHIP helps to anticipate major challenges that Europe will have to face in the next 20-30 years in the context of the Innovation Union, assessing the impacts of medium to long-term demographic, economic, political and technological trends in Europe in a world context.  The global challenges on focus include: An environmental challenge: The need to change the current ways in which essential natural resources are used – due to the non-sustainable human over-exploitation. A societal and economic challenge: The need to anticipate and adapt to societal changes – including political, cultural, demographic and economic transformations in order for the EU to develop into a truly competitive and inclusive knowledge society in the world context. A governance challenge: The need for more effective and transparent governance for the EU and the world – with the creation of more transparent and accountable forms of governance able to anticipate and adapt to the future, but also to spread democracy and transparency on the global level.

Completion of the process of midterm evaluation of the Pernambuco Rural Project, Brazil, 2016

Client: Government of the State of Pernambuco Secretariat of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform – SARA / The World Bank

Partners: Aquino Consultores / BBG

The Sustainable Rural Pernambuco Project – PRS aims to support the development of associative enterprises, enabling the insertion of family farmers in the market in a competitive way and expanding access to water and other complementary rural infrastructures, in order to increase the income. In this context, the Support Program for the Small Rural Producer – ProRural, the project management unit, has been working with the objective of minimizing poverty and improving the quality of life of the rural population. It provides human and financial resources in social and productive projects, aimed at the sustainable development of communities, which include 180 municipalities of the State articulated in 54 productive networks. The project aims to conduct a process of analysis, annual evaluation and mid-term evaluation of PRS actions in relation to Components 1, 2 and 3 based on the logical framework and the indicators determined for the end of the project.