Understanding the role of small and medium-sized towns in Europe
Sounding Board member for the ESPON project TOWN-Small and Medium sized Towns in their Functional Territorial Context. 2012-2014.
Up to now, TOWN is the most ambitious research project in Europe aimed at better understanding spatial patterns, roles and functions of medium-sized towns. The research was carried out by a pool of academic institutions led by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. We were recruited by the ESPON programme to play an advisory role at the project Sounding Board, providing continuous feedback and guidance to the Transnational Project Group. The Sounding Board is strongly encouraged to bring in scientific and practical expertise that can be of added value to the project. ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observatory Network) is targeted at analyzing spatial trends in Europe, where cities and urban systems represent core issues.