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Colloque – The attractiveness of small and medium towns:criteria, issues and strategies – 5–7 décembre 2012 – Cracovie
Colloque International et pluridisciplinaire

Colloque – The attractiveness of small and medium towns:criteria, issues and strategies – 5–7 décembre 2012 – Cracovie

The aim of the conference is to present researches dealing with the issue of attractiveness of small and medium-sized towns, by scholars and stakeholders from various backgrounds (geographers, historians, economists, sociologists, spatial planers, etc.).
This conference should favour exchanges and cross-analysis between methodological and epistemological works. Furthermore, the comparison will focus on functional relationships between secondary towns and rural areas. Those surrounding areas are also changing, sometimes more depopulated, sometimes more dynamics than urban centres : what are the position of small and medium towns, as "centres", "poles", "outposts" ? What remains on inherited relationships in times of mobility, in sometimes fragile contexts (due to the demographical and economic aspects) ? What is their place in changing urban networks ? Particular attention will be paid to following problems :

  • 1. Definition of attractiveness : multidisciplinary, comparative and diachronic approaches
  • 2. Issues of quality of life and residential attractiveness
  • 3. Functional changes : innovation and competitiveness
  • 4. Public policies : to support and promote the attractiveness of territories

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