Strategies for Revitalising East European Cities

EURA Workshop in Prague

20 – 22 September 2001

East European cities face numerous challenges:  political, economic, social and environmental.  This conference will share the latest research findings on: what is happening to East European cities; how central and local governments are responding to current challenges; and will compare and contrast different revitalisation efforts.  The conference will also examine how two-way policy learning can be developed between urban policy makers and researchers in Eastern and Western Europe.

The organisers invite the submission of proposals which examine past and recent experience with revitalisation.  The specific themes of the conference will be shaped by the abstracts we receive.  We envisage proposals:

  • Examining different types of cities and uneven development within cities – for example, old industrial cities, peripheral cities in border areas, historic cities, socialist era housing estates, city centre renewal etc.
  • Assessing the forces shaping change in East European cities – for example, foreign investment, privatisation of housing estates, migration, EU policies and programmes, globalisation, international tourism etc.
  • Focussing on major problems – for example, marginalisation, residential segregation, crime, drugs, unemployment, poverty, how to treat historical heritage etc.
  • Reviewing innovations in policy and governance – for example, city leadership, local governance arrangements, national urban policies and programmes, the roles of business and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), economic strategies etc.

EURA Conference Office
C/o Michal Illner
Institute of Sociology
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Jilska 1
110 00 Praha 1
CZECH REPUBLIC
Email:  socmail@soc.cas.cz