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November 3, 2014

JPI Urban Europe launches 10 projects

JPI Urban Europe launches 10 projects

Investigations into neighborhood segregation; electric cars and the use of games to teach youngsters about carbon footprints are among urban research projects that kicked off in October under the auspices of JPI Urban Europe.

The 10 new projects, culled from more than 170 submitted proposals, will receive a total of more than EUR 10 million in support and will run for three years each. They are the winners of JPI Urban Europe’s second pilot call; another 10 projects, funded with a similar sum under the first call, have been running for a year now.

The projects under the second call fall under two main themes: 1. governance of urban complexity; and 2. urban vulnerability, adaptability and resilience. Their ultimate goal is to find solutions to some of the major challenges confronting European cities.

Some examples:

  • A project called SimsCity ValueCap looks into new ways to transform fallow urban territory (e.g. disused industrial sites and dockyards) in a context of reduced support from cash-strapped city halls. Researchers will look into business-improvement districts and other means of stimulating collaboration between property owners, businesses, retailers and residents in order to reanimate lifeless urban real estate.
  • Another, called play!UC, explores how games can be used to teach young adults to reduce their urban carbon footprints.
  • A study called ResSegr, meanwhile, would investigate how segregation of urban neighborhoods creates problems such as reduced access to employment among minorities. The project would use a novel method of analyzing neighborhoods by defining them not by administrative borders but by the demographic characteristics of residents.

The JPI Urban Europe pilot projects are financially supported by funding agencies from JPI Urban Europe member countries Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.