In.FLOW.ence is a transnational project co-funded by the European Commission within the MED programme. It is carried out by a partnership of 10 organizations coming from 8 EU members, mainly concentrated in the Mediterranean region, representing key actors of a larger community of institutions, stakeholders and civil society on a local and regional level.
The point of departure of In.FLOW.ence is the notion that polycentricity is a strategic concept to foster territorially integrated, sustainable regional development. Polycentricity plays a central role in current thinking on policies for economic restructuring of urban regions. The focus is on how morphological polycentricity, which simply describes a pattern of regional distribution of cities in towns in relatively close proximity, can be transformed into functional polycentricity with multi-scale flows of people, goods, services, and notably knowledge between the parts of the region. Increasing these various flows is seen as essential to innovation and economic resilience as they generate agglomeration economies. Under certain governance conditions, functional polycentricity may also contribute to promote a more balanced spatial development and an overall improvement of the quality of life within the region.
In.FLOW.ence will map and analyse the potential for functional polycentricity in the Mediterranean regions. In.FLOW.ence will also investigate how an INCLUSIVE and PARTICIPATIVE governance can contribute to a balanced spatial and sustainable development within the regions by involving three levels of actors:
- broader society
- local institutions
- economic key actors
These three will participate in a pilot for decision making on proposed policies and strategies, aiming to promote and favour functional polycentricity.
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The metropole, a new place for cohesion
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The Polycentric Option