Rural-urban.eu is a website operated by ROBUST, a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 program. The site gives regular updates on the activities, news and results of ROBUST in particular and the topic of rural-urban interactions in Europe in general. It serves as an entry point into this topic and a place to debate the latest developments of Rural-Urban Europe.
ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. It is coordinated by Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The project receives funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988. ROBUST kicked off in June 2017 and will run for 48 months until 2021.
The overall goal of ROBUST is to a) advance our understanding of the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas and b) to identify and promote policies, governance models and practices that foster mutually beneficial relations. Improved governance arrangements and synergies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas will in turn contribute to Europe’s smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, maximising the creation of rural jobs and value-added.
To achieve these goals, ROBUST works with 11 Living Labs and 5 Communities of Practice.
A ROBUST Living Lab is a placed-based form of experimental collaboration that emphasizes co-creation in a real-world setting. Policy-makers, researchers, businesses, service providers, citizens and other stakeholders work together to develop and test new ways to solve problems in a specific geographic region. The ROBUST project includes 11 Living Labs that represent typical rural-urban settings throughout Europe.
Communities of Practice
A Community of Practice is a community of people who share a common interest, practice or problem, who share information and experiences with one another to better learn about that particular practice. The Communities of Practice in ROBUST are organised around five rural-urban themes and provide a structured forum for sharing experiences and findings from the different ROBUST Living Labs. In 5 Communities of Practice the Living Labs share their findings and experiences across Europe. They are: New businesses and labour market, Public infrastructures and social services, Sustainable food systems, Cultural connections, Ecosystem services.
The 11 Living Labs (Tukums, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Ede, Lisbon, Gloucestershire, Frankfurt, Lucca, Wales, Styria & Valencia ) are hosted and lead by the following ROBUST consortium partners.
Supporting the practice partners in the case studies are the following research and network partners: