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Updated A.Y. 2022-2023


The course provides students an European policy narrative able to introduce fundamental processes in territorial planning and economic-territorial and governance that guide the development of contemporary European transion economy, considering both national and regional geographical diversity (place evidence) towards 2027-30. Specific impacts on economic, societal and environmental domains will be measured and related to the training offer of new skills for the future employment of youth people in Europe in several policy sectors (New Generation EU goals). Particular attention is paid to dynamism of the Urban and Territorial Agendas as new frameworks of saustainable regeneration planning, whose road map includes Circular Economy, Digitalisation, Smart Specialisation 4+ Strategy and Industry 4.0, Inclusive Gorwth, Cultural Heritage and societal wellbeing, adaptable soft skills; targeted policy guidelines; research and use of Big Data to identify in real time the territorial dynamics in progress (affordable housing, Real Estate, taxation, etc.). Highlighting both European Data Base as source, and Data functionality and potential of cities are captured as well as the new ERDF funds and investments in the framework og resilience and Recovery Plan, relating them with digital ecosystems. Metropolitan, Urban-rural and inner periphery phenomena will be interconnected with the Cohesion Policy by FUA beyond simple physical accessibility referring to the new models of governance. Overall, the general field of study and application is part of the sustainable, cohesive and competitive development of economic, social and territorial systems, offering a theoretical interdisciplinary vision in the framework of Next Generation EU Plan as well as the Recovery and Resilience one. The course includes, among other things, the holding of seminars to promote the integration of students into the world of work in the EU. All accompanied by the examination of concrete cases and excellence to measure the real connection between new green economy and the territorial policy needs. In this context, the basic applications of TIA process, indicators and GIS-STeMA are also provided.
Classroom tutors are available to students during the exercise phases.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Student will be able to interpret the phenomena of place evidence that assume territorial relevance and orient policy/decision making (e.g. innovation technologies, tourism, digital, Cultural heritage, ESDP 2020 s, Green/Blue economy, Climate Change, circular economy, new territorial and urban agenda, etc.) in regional, national and international networks 2020 and post. Therefore, the student will acquire the methodological and cognitive tools to understand the fundamental territorial processes that affect urban and rural society based on the most recent European and international guidelines.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Student will be able to apply, through exercises and the drafting of targeted reports, the theoretical knowledge provided. Themes already tested with the support of explanatory case studies concerned: spatial planning contents, migration, Climate Change adaptation and mitigation, Cultural Heritage, EU and national/regional expenditure of the Cohesion Policy and ESIF, TIA Applications.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS: Through the knowledge gained through the study of teaching, and practical exercises, the student will be able to assess the main determinants, problems and institutional and public sector interests in the complex areas of planning, quality planning and sustainable development; the paradigmatic transition towards a culture of soft-flexible-adaptive skills in economics and planning; of territorial competitiveness design; of the organisation of economic space on a European and local scale; of urbanization and de-urbanisation; of the circulation of people, goods and information according to green and blue parameters. Students will acquire their own judgement skills thanks to their theoretical and applied understanding of the fundamental points of reference in the explanation of economic-territorial processes and territorial economic development at different subsidiary scales and multilevel governance.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: The course will enable the student to transfer the knowledge acquired in their own contexts of origin. In this sense, at the end of the course, students must be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate, through classroom presentations, the readings and skills acquired through the study, the paradigmatic foundations of progress underway in the EU, the transition to development processes that affect the economy and territorial planning. Some addresses from the European communication arena will be shared.

LEARNING SKILLS: The student will be put in a position to learn not only the knowledge related to the discipline in question but will also be able to acquire the knowledge related to the study of other teachings of territorial sciences and the knowledge to address the problems of the territory of reference of the institutions to be support to policy / decision making.

Programme of Course in Economics and territorial organisation and planning

Module I: Introduction and education to a common lexicon
• policies and dimensions of the European Union 2021-27: sustainability, cohesion, subsidiariety, competitiveness, social territorial integration
• Economic geography, macro-regional approach and integrated strategy
• Main changes and place evidence of the EU structure; effects from the COVID-19
• Spatial and Territorial policy and cross-border cooperative integration into 2027 Strategy 
• drivers of economic development  in EU: capital city-region, cities and towns, metropolitan and large areas. Comparative case studies (Rome, Berlin Paris, Vienna, London, Madrid, Great region, etc.)
Module II: modelling in Economic geography and Spatial/Territorial planning: from theory to practice
• Interpretative and predictive models: as models in space continuum, hierarchical models, in discrete space models, aggregated and dynamic disaggregated models, ecological and biological models, models for sustainability in competitiveness, polycentric organization and models
• The review of Porter’s Diamond
• new relationship between firms and territory (i.e. industrial methabolism, Enterprise 4.0, etc.)
• Cities in Europe: networks and economic development models, new functionality, challanges
Module III: Determinats of the territorial development 2021-2027
• the impact of crisis and new global-local relation
• role of the urban-rural relashionship in Europe
• Quality (in production and environment)
• resources and Strucutural Funds 2027
• Cohesion Policy and territorial potential capital
• Information and Communication Technology, smart models and S3 platforms in EU
• Migration and social inclusion
• Sustainable development and Energy policy, SDGs
• resilience, Cultural Heritage and new wellness indicators
Case studies and best practices
Modules IV-V: trans-national cooperation, programs and projects in EU and Italy
• Green new Deals 2027 and Territorial Cohesion Policy
• Regional policy 2021-27, N+3 and topics (Climate Change, Energy, migration, technology, ecc.)
• the revisited Territorial Agenda 2030 
• from the Leipzig Chart to Urban Agenda 2027
• RIO+20, new Paris 2015, circular and green economy
• Blue Growth
•Strategy for Infrastructures
• New European multilevel Governance
. new programming and ESIF and new funds

Examples of EU (ESPON, ENPIMED, MED, URBACT II-III, Adrian-Jonian, etc) and national programs (PON Metro, Territorial Agenda, Habitat III, Inner peripheries and internal areas)
Module VI: New tools
• Geographical Information System (GIS) - by STeMA and TIA
• data gathering, organisation and territorial geo-reference (at NUTS and LAU)
• Data base and Atlas –   Use of ESPON tools
• Territorial Capital and ex ante assessment processes
• Territorial Impact Assessment process by STeMA
• Environmental Strategic Assessment process by STeMA
• how support the “decision makeing”

slides, papers and documents will be made available during the course

PREZIOSO M. (ed.) (2020), Territorial Impact Assessment of Territorial cohesion in the Italian regions i, Bologna, Patron (some parts).
PREZIOSO M. (2019), Measuring the progress towards Territorial Cohesion: a TIA application to the regional development programs, Third ESPON 2013 Scientific Report. London/Luxembourg: ESPON.
PREZIOSO M. (2020), STeMA: a Sustainable Territorial economic/environmental Management Approach for the TIA, in E. Madeiros (ed), Territorial Impact Assessment. The Handbook, Springer.
PREZIOSO M. (2021), 945–1975: What if Italy had been reconstructed through spatial planning? In: D Briesen and W. Strubelt (eds), L'aménagement du territoire en Europe 1945-1975, Campus-Verlag, Berlin. pp.135-170.
Joaquín Farinós y Enrique Peiró (2018), TERRITORIO Y ESTADOS - Elementos para la coordinación de las políticas de ordenación del Territorio en el siglo XXI TERRITORY AND STATES - Essentials for coordination of Spatial Planning policies in XXIst Century, Velencia: tirant humanidades. (some parts).