- THE THREE OBJECTIVES OF THE COST PROJECT ARE:
1. to develop a European comparative perspective on the phenomenon (i.e. definition, development, glossary, taxonomy, location determinants) in the several partner countries, considering the different disciplinary perspectives of the partners, comparing the state of the art of research carried out by the participants involved in the network. This will help to develop a database and mapping a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon according to the CS and MS typologies, and location. In addition to supporting public policy, this knowledge can be relevant to regional and urban planners when discussing, for instance, the location of new working functions around cities and urban regions and the degree of multi-functionality of peripheral areas, and when negotiating with the private real estate other private actors (e.g. the manager of CS and MS).
2.To develop a European comparative perspective on the best practices (Atlas) about new working spaces concerning the effects on the new working spaces and workers performance (direct effects), and the urban environment (indirect effects). For instance, the positive and negative effects of new working spaces on the urban environment (i.e. urban regeneration and social cohesion vs. the reinforcement of gentrification processes) makes the discussion of their relationship with politics very impelling, questioning the urgency of tailored and situated policies.This objective concerns the development of a methodology able to collect the several impacts of new working spaces on the urban area, and specifically on the peripheral ones.
3.To involve partner countries in a comparative assessment of practices (Tool Box) at the European level in order to evaluate conditions for transferability of policy and planning tools and mechanisms and provide recommendations towards a common European framework for promoting new working spaces with particular attention to peripheral areas.
- METHODOLOGY, EXPECTED RESULTS AND IMPACTS
A significant contribution will result from the development of a methodology able to collect the several impacts of new working spaces on the urban
area, and specifically on the peripheral ones. Critieria to measure these impacts will be developed together with guide lines. Besides, a tool-box for policy makers and stakeholders will be created in order to help them disentangling strengths and weaknesses of new working spaces typologies as well as of existing policy tools. This methodology is based on networking and collaborative learning that will play a core role in producing innovative knowledge within the Action, as well as enhancing cooperation between different academic and research institutions, policy makers and stakeholders at the European level. The Action aims to produce usable knowledge by working within “situated contexts”, comparing “situated answers”, and assessing their transferability.
- INVOLVEMENT OF STAKEHOLDERS
This Action will contribute to identify main figures and trends about new working spaces, and their effects on the workers, and on the socio-economic and spatial context, with a focus on the peripheral areas. Besides, the impact of policy and planning tools, aimed at promoting the development of new
working spaces, are explored. At the national and sub-national level, this Action will involve stakeholders, alongside the academic and research institutions, which are actually partners of the Action , and others to include once the Action is subsidised, in order to exchange views, knowledge and information; that is, to incorporate their dimension and viewpoints. The most relevant stakeholders to include, starting from (but not restricting to) personal contacts of the Action members, are:
(i) public administrations, which are currently or potentially committed in fostering new working spaces and/or strengthening the development of peripheral areas, as city municipalities, metropolitan and/or regional institutions, and national governments of areas where the research network partners are placed;
(ii) firms (single or associations), as well as the third sector and civil society organizations, which are directly involved and/or indirectly interested in the management and/or use of new workplaces, as the ones which are based in cities, regions or countries where the research network partners originate;
(iii) local and national representatives of trade unions, which are dealing with the ongoing radical changes in the labour market;
(iv) representative of European institutions and organisations of employers and employees are also principle-targeted audiences.