Themes

Theme 1. Innovation, co-ordination and regulation

As connection arenas between public services and collective actions, territories offer an incentive framework for innovation. Access to renewable resources, labour, production and trade are part of a local system of social relationships and powers: they foster or limit dynamics of cooperation, coordination, information. The various forms that territorial governance may adopt are at the core of the territories’ ability to innovate and provide new institutional and organisational arrangements in support of sustainable development.

Contributions are especially expected to discuss community-based actions (cooperatives, farmer associations, etc.) and their role in the provision of new rules, norms and acts towards territorial development. For example, territory plays a key role in shaping the contribution and the impact of value chain changes on sustainable development. It may stimulate or hamper innovation and coordination processes towards addressing the conciliation and trade-offs between sustainability challenges and economic and trade dynamics.

Contributions may also address the way new coordination patterns among stakeholders allow to envisage conflict resolution and strengthen regulation, as well as they are also likely to sometimes foster social tensions and exclusion. Finally, contributions on the methods and tools designed and implemented for territorial development are very welcome.

Theme 2. Territorial development and globalization: think locally, act globally?

This theme addresses multi-level territorial governance mechanisms. Territories are spaces for coordination between scattered and asymmetric stakeholders, sometimes driven by divergent stakes, which bring together public and private interests and actions. However, they question the consistency of actions on a wider scale, the way territorial development may contribute to it and the trade-offs to be addressed. They represent an essential link in articulating local, national and international actions and policies.

Contributions are expected to discuss the interactions between different actors (governments, local and regional authorities, civil society, firms, NGOs, producers’ organizations, international players, etc.) and their ability to invent innovative forms of place-based collective action and public policies. Contributions should in particular focus on the articulation between local, regional, national governments and their role in fostering and supporting multi-actor partnerships. Finally, they are also expected to address the way territorial approaches confront and articulate with network-based approaches (circulations, migrations, mobility, health-related issues).

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