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Social Polis Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion. Coordinators. Frank Moulaert Professor of Spatial Planning - Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning , KU Leuven.

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Frank Moulaert

Professor of Spatial Planning- Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning, KU Leuven.

Visiting Professor – School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University.

Jean Hillier

Professor of Town and Country Planning - School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

Co-Coordinator: Sako Musterd

Professor of Social Geography – Universiteit van Amsterdam

what is a social platform
What is a social platform?
  • a system which leverages the power of social connectivity to distribute information, to facilitate the emergence of new connections, to synergise flows of energy and ideas.
  • an open-network space for information gathering and co-ordination, inclusionary dialogue and debate.
objectives of social polis
Objectives of Social Polis
  • To elaborate a Focused Research Agenda which emphasises the role of cities in social cohesion and on key related policy questions.
  • To construct a social platform where practitioners and researchers can contribute their information and discuss what that research agenda might be.
sub objectives
  • Critical analysis of research that has been undertaken to date. Survey papers of 12 Existential Fields.
  • Establishment of an open, multi-layered network of actors concerned with research, policy and practice about cities and social cohesion.
  • Promotion of dialogue between actors in the social platform.
  • Production and elaboration of a Focused Research Agenda on Cities and Social Cohesion for EU FP7 Calls 2010-2013.
  • Production of thematic strategic texts supporting a coherent research agenda.
who is social polis
Who is Social Polis?

(i) a Scientific Network

a) the Scientific Core of Social Polis partners:

related eu projects
Related EU projects

URSPIC (1997-1999)Urban regeneration and social Polarisation in the City

SINGOCOM(2001-2004) Social Innovation, Governance and Community Building 

DEMOLOGOS(2004-2007) Development Models and Logics of Socioeconomic Organisation of Space

KATARSIS(2006-09) Growing Inequality and Social Innovation: Alternative Knowledge and Practice in Overcoming Social Exclusion in Europe.

(ii) Stakeholder Networks

a) the Social Polis Inner Circle

b) Stakeholders Network 1

c) Stakeholders Network 2

how does social polis work
How does Social Polis work?

(i) the Social Polis interactive website

(v) Brussels meetings with Inner Circle and European networks.

(vi) Information dissemination.

Papers’ organization
  • Inductive definition of the EF
  • Summary of research themes and results in previous FP as well as otherEuropean Research;
  • Signalled lacunae in EU research
  • Political challenges in the EF: what do policy debates say about this EF? Research relevance?
  • Theoretical and methodological shortcomings and improvements needed;
  • Identification of major consultation and policy fora for this EF;
  • Shortlist of proposed research topics.
viii focused research agenda
(viii) Focused Research Agenda

Proposal 1 (Laurent Fraisse & Frank Moulaert)

1) Urban social cohesion in the face of global changes

2) Rethinking cities in the ecological urban age

3) Developing a plural economic approach to tackle the urban economic divide

4) Governing cohesion and diversity

5) Understanding urban behaviour, community initiatives and neighbourhood development

Proposal 2 (Marisol García, Santiago Eizaguirre & Frank Moulaert)

1) Reuniting research on urban social cohesion

2) Social exclusion dynamics as challenges for social cohesion

3) Redefining welfare in cities, sustainability and social justice

4) The governance of the private and public domains

5) Participation, democratisation and socially creative strategies

social polis

Social Polis -

Where to From Here?