EURA 2016 Conference Updates

A reminder that the call for abstracts for the 2016 EURA conference is open! Check the conference webpage here for details.

Also, as a part of the 2016 Conference, EURA is proud to announce two competitions for young scholars and conference participants:

  1. In the past EURA has supported young scholars through various awards. In 2016 the tradition will continue by granting one young scholar with a travel grant of up to 1000 € to either the 2017 EURA Conference in Warsaw (PL) or the 2017 UAA Conference in Milwaukee (US).
  2. Additionally, EURA will grant a “Best Paper Award” at the 2016 Conference. The successful awardee will have their paper mentioned in the conference website and the opportunity to participate for free to the 2017 EURA Conference in Warsaw.

Further details still to come regarding the eligibility and conditions of the competition but to take part to the competition it is necessary to submit a full paper. Please, check the EURA wesite and conference websites for updates.

New EURA Board


After EURA’s successful Board election in Sibiu, we are proud to announce the following incoming Board members:

Returning Candidates

Mervi Ilmonen
Jan Erling KlausenP1010160
Paula Russell
Pawel Swianiewicz
Valeria Fedeli
Christian Lefevre
Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic
Panos Getimis
Cristiana Rossignolo
Bas Denters
Rob Atkinson
Robin Hambleton
Jacob Norvig Larsen
Ivan Tosics

New Candidates

  Colin CopusColin Copus

  De Montfort University, Leicester, England

I am a Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. As a former editor of Local Government Studies, (also published by Taylor and Frances) a role I undertook for 13 years, I would be able to contribute editorial experience, reviewer networks and publishing expertise to the journal Urban Research & Practice and could help to strengthen the journal further. As editor of LGS I successful steered that journal into new journal ranking categories and improved the journal’s impact factor and I would be very willing to contribute to Urban Research & Practice and its development in a similar way.

I have strong international networks and am active within the local government specialist groups of the EGPA (co-convenor of the Local Governance and Democracy Standing Group), ECPR, IPSA (executive board member for RC05 Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics) and PSA (chair and convenor of the Local Politics Specialist Group). I also have extensive academic networks beyond those organisations to contribute to EURA’s activity and to EURA’s collaboration with others by developing research networks and projects focused on EURA specific interests. I am currently developing two research projects with EURA members which could be expanded into engagement with the wider EURA network.

In addition to academic networks I have strong links with policy-makers and practitioners having been advisor to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee for five years and I worked with the Communities and Local Government Committee as an advisor on two of its inquires. I am also advisor to the Chairman of the Local Government Association and advisor to the District Council Network as well as having extensive networks and experiences of working with local government across the country. I would be able to bring my practitioner and policy-maker networks together with EURA’s work. I would welcome the chance to form and / or chair a EURA working group aimed at developing practitioner and policy-maker relevant work and network development.

Along with colleagues from Sibu and Warsaw Universities I have organised a track for the 2015 conference and will be chairing sessions at the conference. I would be happy to extend that role into involvement in future EURA conferences and in taking part in organising seminars or roundtable events, for EURA members, in between annual conferences to explore research or specific academic and policy-related issues. My Unit at De Montfort University – the Local Governance Research Unit – would also be able to support EURA in its work as well as providing me with specific support for the tasks involved in being a member of the EURA Governing Board.


Marichela SepeMarichela Sepe

Italian National Research Council & University of Naples, Italy

I am interested in becoming an active part of EURA. Her research focuses in Urban Design and Planning at the Italian National Research Council. I am also Contract Professor of Contemporary Urban Landscape at the University of Naples.

I’d like to propose my Candidature to become active in the following activities:

  • Organising a EURA event (a conference or workshop);
  • Initiating a new network activity or taking over the role of a project leader of an existing network activity
  • Acting as the editors of the Journal Urban Research & Practice;
  • Chair a working group /sub-committee to undertake any specific initiative to further the aims and objectives of EURA;
  • Serve on academic committees for EURA conferences, chair conference tracks, and organise conference sessions;
  • Promote the journal among  academic and practice networks and promote the journal when at conferences and workshops. Be willing to act as a referee for articles when appropriate;
  • Promote EURA as a network among their academic and practice networks, particularly in my own country or wider region.


Ignazio VinciIgnazio Vinci

University of Palermo, Italy

Ignazio Vinci (1970) is Associate professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo, where he is delegate for International mobility of the Polytechnic School and member of the teaching board of the PhD Programme in Arts, Architecture and Planning. His research interests include urban development in Europe and Italy, urban regeneration and local development, innovation in spatial planning and governance. More recently he’s also supervising research projects related to cross-cutting issues such as urban-rural relationship in the urban regions and the role of mobility projects in the regeneration of marginal neighbourhoods.

He has served as consultant for several national and international agencies –including the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Ministry of Economic Development and UN-Habitat – in the design, implementation and evaluation of plans and programmes in the fields of urban policy and territorial development. In the last year he has been an advisor for the Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion in the implementation of the National Programme “Città Metropolitane 2014-2020” addressed to the 14 city-region established in 2014.

He has published extensively on urban policy, local development, strategic planning, regionalism, and the territorialisation of EU’s cohesion policy. His last book published is The spatial strategies of Italian regions, Milan, 2014.

In the last academic year he has been visiting lecturer at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy of the University College of Dublin.

The recent economic crisis has shown how cities retain strategic resources in the creation of more resilient and ecological-oriented societies in the western countries. At the same time, it is clear that an increased knowledge on the complex, and sometimes controversial, processes of change within urban areas are crucial in order to provide up-to-date and more effective perspectives to all the actors responsible for active policies. If elected, it is my intention to work actively in order to strengthening the role of EURA as one of the most influential knowledge provider in the field of urban research and policy in Europe.

One of my wishes is to bring within the EURA’s community a Southern (and in some ways Mediterranean) research perspective, with the aim of further exploring urban change and the performance of urban policy under such a geopolitical conditions. To do so, I will make available my personal research network and I will work actively to promote the EURA’s identity towards new potential partners in these regions. Further sinergies could be reached in this direction with the AESOP, whose current president is a member of my department at the University of Palermo.

As member of the Governing Board, I would like to provide my contribution both in some already established activities of the association – supporting the editing of the EURA Journal and newsletter, contributing as organiser and chair in the EURA events –, as well as promoting activities in new areas. In this regard, I would like to promote the creation of an informal research network on the topic of urban policy in the marginal-converging regions, with the aim of:

  • ensuring regularly its presence as organised session within the EURA conferences;
  • drafting research applications if funding will be available on the topic;
  • providing regular accounts of the network activities in the forms of research report and articles.


Sonia de Gregorio HurtadoSonia De Gregorio Hurtado

Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

Sonia is researcher and lecturer in the Department of urban and regional planning (DUYOT) of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid –UPM-. Her professional experience has been developed in parallel in the field of urban/ architectural practice and in the field of research on urban policies from the beginning of her career.  She has developed her activity as a practitioner working for international architecture offices (Chapman Taylor and L35), focusing on the development of masterplans and mix-use architectural projects in Europe, North Africa, Asia and Central America.  This experience is considered by Sonia as a privileged observatory of urban planning dynamics that have enriched and enhance her scientific interest on these matters.  She has developed her work in the field of research from her years as a student at the School of Architecture of Madrid.  At the beginning in the context of a scholarship from the Ministerio de Educación of Spain and afterwards in the framework of a grant of the Ministero degli Affari Esteri of Italy, which took place in the Laboratorio di Politiche Urbane e Territoriali of the Polithecnic of Milan.   She continued this activity in the context of her Doctorate in DUYOT and her independent research work, which resulted in her PhD Thesis in which she studied the impact of the Urban Policy of the European Union in Spain.  She has also been researcher in CEDEX, the Centre of Research of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, and visitor researcher in the European Institute for Urban Affairs (University John Moores of Liverpool) and in the Boku University (Vienna).  In the development of her research activity she has participated in European and national research projects, some of which have been coordinated and leaded by her and have resulted in published articles and books.  Sonia has a good level of English and Italian.

She participates frequently in high-level conferences and publishes research in Spanish and international journals.  From 2011 she is member of the Technical Committee of the Spanish National Conference on Environment (CONAMA) and from 2015 of the Working Group of the Ministry of Finance that is working in the Urban Agenda for Spain.  She is Management Committee member of COST Action TN1201, genderSTE (gender, science, technology and environment), and was substitute Management Committee member of COST Action TU0902 “Integrated assessment technologies to support the sustainable development of urban areas”, in which she was responsible of the work of WG4 in the context of urban regeneration, and the work of WG2 regarding climate governance.  Her research work focuses on integrated urban regeneration in the EU and Spain, local climate change and mobility, and the gender dimension of these urban policies.

Sonia proposes to contribute to EURA disseminating its activity in Spain.  Regarding this, she would like to join the group organizing the EUROLOC/EURA summer schools, with the aim of organizing one of its future activities in her country.  She is also interested in collaborating in existing networks within EURA and in the framework of the editing work of the Journal Urban Research & Practice.


TelesFilipe Teles

University of Aveiro, Portugal

I have the intention of becoming a member of EURA and I am willing to contribute with my expertise, academic networks and institutional responsibilities at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, to the development of EURA aims.

I am a professor of political science at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences – University of Aveiro, where I teach several courses in the fields of Public Administration and Local Governance. I am, since April 2014, the Pro-rector for regional development of the University of Aveiro.

I hold a PhD in Political Science and I am a member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP), where I develop research work on governance and local administration, territorial reform, political leadership and collaboration.

I also collaborated, as Visiting Professor and Member of the Board, in the design of a Master in Public Administration at the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto, having also been Visiting Professor at EGP-University of Porto Business School. I was Deputy Director of the Master’s Program in Public Administration and Management, at the University of Aveiro and Member of the Board of the Research Unit (GOVCOPP). I collaborated in the preparation of the scientific and pedagogical project of the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Science, University of Aveiro, approved by the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education.

I participate in several national and international projects and published several articles in international journals of reference (eg Local Government Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, Political Studies Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Space and Polity) as well as books, book chapters, reports and policy papers.

I am also a member of the Advisory Board of the Forum for Integrated Governance of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and I have also been active as a consultant and trainer in the European Environmental Agency and the European Securities and Markets Authority, and other international entities.

I am a member of the Portuguese Association of Political Science, the Political Studies Association (UK), and the International Political Science Association.


LAckowskaMarta Lackowska

University of Warsaw, Poland

Marta Lackowska is being nominated as the candidate to take over from Pawel Swianiewicz, when he steps down from the Governing Board within the next two years.

EURA 2016 Website now live!

Detailed information about the 2016 EURA Conference is now available! Please visit the or 2016 Conference website for more details. Immagine

Conference in Sibiu Underway!


IMG-20150917-WA0007The 2015 EURA Conference is finally started in balmy Sibiu! Who knew that the conference would take place during what feels like a second summer in September?! We hope everyone enjoys the various sessions, panels and workshops that will take place over the weekend.

Attendees are reminded to attend the General Assembly and participate in the upcoming election on Saturday. Participants are also invited to consider joining EURA if they have not already done so. Don’t forget that EURA membership benifits include discounts at the the 2016 UAA Conference in San Diego and the 2016 EURA Conference in Turin and much, much more….

Many thanks to Cristina Stanus and the wonderful team at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu who are doing their best to ensure that this year’s conference is a success.

EURA Conference Update!

Only three more days until the EURA Conference in Sibiu! Visit the conference website for last minute updates including information about the EURA General Assembly and Election.

More upcoming events!

Visit our events page to follow up on recent event updates from the Urban Affairs Association and the Italian Institute of Urban Planning!

A Tour-rific Opportunity!

Science Tour 2016:
City of the Future – Research for Sustainable Urban Development

Cheesy pun aside, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are providing German and international researchers the opportunity to discuss current and future urban development. A goal of these discussions is to define common areas of interest as starting points for future cooperation as a part of programming for the Year of Science 2016 “City of the Future”.

This program invites international scientists to learn more about research activities in the area of urban transition, mobility and logistics at German universities and research institutes. The Science Tour 2016 is part of the “Research in Germany – Land of Ideas” campaign, initiated by the BMBF in 2006 to strengthen and expand R&D collaboration between Germany and international partners.

Application details here.

Reminder: Nominations for EURA Governing Boad


At the General Assembly in Sibiu, EURA board elections will be held. We invite invite EURA members to become active in the board and support EURA activities. Board meetings take place once a year during the conferences.

Further details available on our earlier post.

Interested Candidates should submit a short expression of interest (no more than one paragraph or 500 words) and explain how they intend to support EURA. These should be submitted to the EURA Secretariat before August 31st, 2015.


EURA Governing Board: Call for Nominations!

At the General Assembly in Sibiu, EURA board elections will be held. We invite invite EURA members to become active in the board and support EURA activities. Board meetings take place once a year during the conferences. The role and composition of the board is describe in Article 8 of our charta.

Article 8: Board and Elections
The Association is administered by the Board, consisting of no less than seven (7) nor more than twenty-nine (29) members. The membership of this Board should constitute a fair representation of the diversity of countries of EURA’s membership. All members of the Board are elected by the General Assembly for a period of four (4) years. The chairmanship of the Governing Board is taken by the President who is authorized representative of the association according to §26 of the German Civil Code (/Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch/) of the Governing Board and the President will normally be held at regular General Assemblies but, if in certain years this is not practical, an election using postal ballots may be held. Voting is based on a system of “one person – one vote” (see Article 7). Upon request of a member elections can be conducted by a secret written ballot. In the case of a postal ballot or a secret written ballot, the Board will appoint an Election Committee comprising of Official Representatives of institutional members to supervise the elections and count the votes.

We expect candidates for the Board to declare before the election the way they are intending to contribute to the work of EURA. This could be done for instance by articulating the willingness of taking over one/some of the following responsibilities for a term of office (the next four years):

  • organising a EURA event (a conference or workshop);
  • initiating a new network activity or taking over the role of a project leader of an existing network activity 
  • joining the group organising the EUROLOC/EURA summer schools;
  • coordinating the preparation of a research application;
  • supporting the secretariat in editing the EURA newsletter;
  • acting as a contact person for the collaboration with other organisations (like UAA or AESOP);
  • acting as the editors of the Journal Urban Research & Practice;
  • Act as a co-ordinator for social media, with a view to developing the social media presence of the organisation;
  • Work in conjunction with the secretariat on the development of the website;
  • Act as a membership secretary –to liaise with the secretariat regarding membership and help initiate membership and recruitment initiatives;
  • Chair a working group /sub-committee to undertake any specific initiative to further the aims and objectives of EURA;

In addition notwithstanding specific tasks all EURA Board members should be willing to perform the following roles during their term:

  • Serve on academic committees for EURA conferences, chair conference tracks, and organise conference sessions;
  • Promote the journal among their academic and practice networks and promote the journal when at conferences and workshops. Be willing to act as a referee for articles when appropriate;
  • Promote EURA as a network among their academic and practice networks, particularly in their own country or wider region.

Interested Candidates should submit a short expression of interest (no more than one paragraph or 500 words) and explain how they intend to support EURA. These should be submitted to the EURA Secretariat before August 31st, 2015.

Call for Host: EURA Summer School 2016

The 2015 EURA Summer School will take place in September on Greek island of Spetses. The course is intended to provide training for young researchers through the COST Action program. The Action program provides a platform for establishing new comparative knowledge and integrated research, while helping young researchers build networks and strenthen skills.

To continue this legacy, EURA is inviting EURA and affiliated members to consider hosting the 2016 EURA Summer School. EURA members who are willing to host this event next year will receive financial and administrative support.

If you and your institution are interesting in becoming the next EURA Summer School host, please send an expression of interest before September 10th, 2015.