The European Union is heavily investing in the transformation of the urban environment. This recognizes the key role cities play for realizing, for example, the ambitions of the European Green Deal. Upon closer inspection, broad EU policies are defined by historical, cultural, socio-economic and environmental aspects (among others). This makes EU funds and their use an important subject to debate. What are the current challenges being faced by EU regions? How can EU mechanisms be better integrated, support the goals of sustainable development and create the basis for a more just society? Are critical views being heard and are creative integrated solutions truly being implemented?
Integrated urban strategies will be a focus of the seminar. First a presentation of research results and experience in integrated urban projects funded by the EU, including the theoretical foundation and analytical methods will be presented. Topics such as defining "territorial cohesion" and identifying the urban dimension of EU Cohesion Policy will be presented to exemplify the impact currently happening on the city and state level. Students will undertake their own research on a topic of personal interest related to integrated urban development and compare this to EU strategies. At the end of the seminar students shall be able to navigate EU urban policy, identify the impact of integrated urban strategies and debate on future and creative urban visions.