4 Mar 2021
Multi-Local Living: ROBUST Research Highlighted in Helsinki Quarterly
How can public infrastructure and services be delivered equitably?
Public infrastructure and services, such as health care, transportation, and education, are cornerstones for the well-being of citizens. Changes in the technology, access and demand for these services imply a re-thinking of rural-peri-urban-urban boundaries and include new models of service provision. This raises questions about equitable access, fair assessment, representation and compensation of rural and urban needs and interests.
Important outcomes of a Community of Practice are mutual engagement and to collectively develop a shared repertoire. Since the last ROBUST meeting (November 2019), the CoP has met online periodically to exchange information and discuss the CoP’s working agendas. To deepen the previous exchange of experiences, each participating Living Lab prepared several Good Practice Examples. These brief case studies provide a good foundation for mutual learning by exchanging experiences between Living Labs and offering a basis for adaptation to other regions. To date, 22 Good Practice Examples have been developed (links below); additional examples will be added over time. All of the Good Practice Examples are permanently catalogued in the Publication Library.
ROBUST’s Living Labs have identified a number of good practices for rural service hubs, drawn from real examples. This Short Report offers nine case studies from five countries, covering services from food retail to community support, transport and digital connectivity to banking and healthcare. The case studies show that there is no single model for a service hub – but plenty of opportunity for innovation. Service hubs are not a new idea, but through conscious design, combined expertise, partnership and cooperation, and community input, hubs can provide fresh solutions for rural areas. ROBUST’s report offers practical guidance and simple tools for planning or developing a hub, along with inspiration from the Living Labs.
This Short Report from the Public Infrastructure and Social Services Community of Practice addresses rural market failure examples and potentially new governance arrangements in the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, Helsinki, Mid Wales, Tukums and Valencia Living Labs. The report covers:
Modern lives are increasingly multilocal – but rural-urban policies are often yet to catch up. ROBUST’s...
Many rural areas across Europe are struggling to keep their local services open. Service hubs – which provide...
|Developing Sustainable and Flexible Rural–Urban Connectivity through Complementary Mobility Services|
|26 Jan 2021||Developing Sustainable and Flexible Rural–Urban Connectivity through Complementary Mobility Services.pdf https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/3/1280|
|Market Failures in Rural Areas|
|2 Dec 2020||Rural Market Failure_PSCOP_FINAL.pdf|
|Internet Access in Rural Areas: Brake or Stimulus as Post-Covid-19 Opportunity?|
|20 Nov 2020||Internet Access in Rural Areas.pdf https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/22/9619/htm|
|Rural-Urban Business Model Profile: Rural Service Hubs|
|3 Aug 2020||Rural service hubs.pdf|
|Rural-Urban Business Model Profile: Social or Smart Ride-Sharing|
|3 Aug 2020||Smart ride-sharing.pdf|
ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. ROBUST receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988.