Research and Practice in Dialogue: How do cross-border public services and civic participation function in the Euroregion Pro Europa Viadrina?
- Dr. Peter Ulrich (Akademischer Mitarbeiter, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) and Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung)
- Dr. Krzysztof Wojciechowski (Collegium Polonicum Słubice)
INTERREG (Europäische territoriale Zusammenarbeit)
1.1.2020 - 31.03.2022
Social public services comprise essential policy cooperation fields for the human well-being: health, public transport, education, energy supply, disaster protection and labor market-related measures. In the national peripheries of the EU member states, these policy fields are often coordinated across national borders on the regional level. Despite the high cross-border interconnectedness, still, legal, administrative and political boundaries as well as cultural, social and linguistic boundaries remain in the fields of cross-border public services and social cohesion.
The scientifically informed cooperation project “Research and Practice in Dialogue: How do cross-border public services and civic participation function in the Euroregion Pro Europa Viadrina?” aims at bringing together actors from cross-border public services (in the ambits of health, transport, education and labor market) and the civil society (citizens, associations and economy) in the Euroregion Pro Europa Viadrina. The objective of cooperation is to network, exchange and discuss potentials and boundaries of cross-border undertakings with experts and scientists from the Euroregion. The main aim is thus to unite actors from academia with experts and practitioners for discussion and networking.
The project is funded by the Euroregion Pro Europa Viadrina (European territorial cooperation – INTERREG) and is a joined project by the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION and the Collegium Polonicum. Within the project, it is planned to conduct field research applying the method of data collection through qualitative interviews with actors from cross-border cooperation (public services) in the Euroregion Pro Europa Viadrina. Moreover, as an output, a bilingual publication has been organized and a conference took place
Conference 17. March 2021 (Program DE, Program PL).
A related publication, "Participatory Governance in the Europe of Cross-Border Regions. Cooperation - Boundaries - Civil Society" (dissertation by Dr. Peter Ulrich) was published in February 2021.
At the end of January 2021, an online book launch of this publication took place as part of the Research Factory series of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION.