Professor Kathy Pain to present on EU Cohesion Policy
4 February 2015
Kathy Pain, Professor of Real Estate Development in the School of Real Estate & Planning, will be presenting at EU Cohesion Policy Conference in Riga, Latvia later this week.
Kathy Pain, Professor of Real Estate Development in the School of Real Estate & Planning, will be presenting at EU Cohesion Policy Conference in Riga, Latvia in February.
Her paper paper, "Europe as a Global Macro-Region: How is economic geography changing the cohesion policy challenge?", examines the implications of research in the 2010-12 ESPON Applied Research Project ‘TIGER – Territorial Impact of Globalization for Europe and its Regions’ for European cohesion policy. The study identifies a new phenomenon – the European ‘global macro-region’: a scale of intense internal trade linkages and flows within a space that is larger than the EU as a political entity. Nevertheless, its most critical interactions and flows of knowledge and finance in the wider global economy are articulated at the city scale where agglomeration economies are maintaining Europe’s prominent position in global value chains. The challenge for cohesion policy is therefore how to refocus attention away from territorial competition and onto ways of enhancing the functional complementarities that interlink the European urban system as a whole in the global economy.