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Roma Tre University and ISBEM for project Re.Cri.Re: Working seminar on the role of policies in local development strategies

On 27th April 2016 the Faculty of Architecture of Roma Tre University and ISBEM joined forces to organise a working seminar aimed to present the EU-funded Re.Cri.Re project. The event was an occasion to compare the project with national research programmes and exchange methodologies and results with regards to the role of policies in local development strategies.
The seminar brought together researchers, professors, local policy makers and students interested in urban and regional studies, territorial policies, local cultures analysis and interdisciplinary approaches. Claudia Meschiari and Carlotta Fioretti from Roma Tre University (Re.Cri.Re.), Viviana Fini from ISBEM, the Euro Mediterranean Scientific and Biomedical Institute (Re.Cri.Re. and R.EV.E.S.), Laura Tagle (R.EV.E.S.), Giulia Urso and Maria Giulia Pezzi from Gran Sasso Science Institute (National Strategy for Inner Areas) were among the panellists.
The research experiences are based on the fact that the social and economic crisis of the past few years has challenged European countries and territories in many ways, including welfare systems and European and regional identities. It has become more difficult to find reliable tools to understand reality and build clear meanings and representations. In some cases, such as in some Italian areas, the crisis is long-lasting and lies in the prolonged inability to reverse the decline. The “local” remains the ground where communities and policies are most affected by the present situation, as shown by the studies presented in the seminar.
The event was an opportunity to share experience and methodologies on the topics addressed by Re.Cri.Re, a project developed in the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Its premise is that local cultures may have a great influence on the effectiveness of policy implementation. Nevertheless, they are often a hidden field, unexplored or even totally ignored. Local cultures mediate the construction of meanings: what tools are required to understand them and to include this knowledge in policy-making? Re.Cri.Re is intended as an instrument to approach public policies by taking into account territorial and local cultures analyses.

A specific focus was then put on the evaluation phase of policies, and on the ways in which localities build their own development path, interacting with higher levels of governance (regional, national and European). At this point, a relevant contribution was brought in by the project R.EV.E.S. – Reverse EValuation to Enhance local Strategies, part of the national strategy “Actions of support of the National System of Evaluation and of the Evaluation Teams” for the Cohesion Programme 2007-2013, implemented by FORMEZ PA.
Finally, the National Strategy for Inner Areas was also presented, including the implementation of the strategy, goals definition, involved actors and local strategic documents, contributing to shift the public’s attention towards marginal, peripheral areas and the difficulties of intervention in such contexts. In this case, a bottom-up approach in looking at policy-making and policy evaluation is required, as in the case of the other initiatives of the seminar, including Re.Cri.Re.

Re.Cri.Re is a three-year project funded under the call “Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” in the framework of EU Programme Horizon 2020. ALDA, in cooperation with a consortium of 15 universities across Europe, launched it in May 2015 with the objective to analyse the symbolic background of European societies and the impacts of the socio-economic crisis on them, in order to frame better policies at the local, national and European level.

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Further information about Re.Cri.Re. can be found on ALDA’s website as well as on the project’s official website.

Contribute to the success of the project by filling in and disseminating Re.Cri.Re’s questionnaire on how people represent the space they live in and how these representations are linked to their way of thinking and feeling. The questionnaire is anonymous and only takes ten minutes to complete!

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