Online workshop on Regions and structural change in the light of just transition and decarbonisation strategies - focus on Polish coal regions


11 June 2021

Regions in transition to a post-carbon Europe are facing an unprecedented structural change, compounded by the damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic and population shrinkage.  With a special focus on Polish coal regions and comparison with other transitioning regions in Europe, the workshop will revolve around the Just Transition Plans, being the common denominator for various policy and empirical realities. We will discuss ESPON territorial evidence that seeks to explain the different potential of regions in transition to induce structural change, focusing in particular on knowledge and innovation, industry and entrepreneurship and the phenomenon of complex shrinkage.

In a context where industrial path dependencies and demographic decline are likely to moderate differently the impact of just transition instruments and public policies in different cities, functional areas and regions, the workshop will in particular focus on the design of effective public policies, captured in robust Just Transition Plans.

Contributions will feature new forms of triple-helix involvement and new opportunities for diversification.

The online workshop will take place on the 11th of June 2021 and is co-organized by the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and ESPON. It brings together Polish national and regional practitioners and their counterparts from other regions developing their Just Transition Plans.

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