KATARSIS provided a platform on which research teams specialised in the study of the consequences of growing inequality and social exclusion exchanged their knowledge and work with the aim of better integrating their research programs and methodologies. The focus was on socially innovative strategies by which people react to conditions of exclusion, both at the individual and collective level. People in situations of need activate and (re)produce particular types of knowledge and combine resources in novel ways. The strategies they develop in response to exclusion often exhibit marked differences with the ways in which mainstream society's knowledge and practices are mobilized and deployed. These strategies frequently trigger processes of social innovation that open up fresh venues for policy design and implementation.
This DEMOLOGOS programme developed a new methodology for studying socio-economic development and applied it to case studies in a variety of industrialized countries, regions and cities. The methodology is comparative, historical and multi-dimensional. The approach looks at the various dimensions of socio-economic development (capital accumulation, state regulation, socio-cultural dynamics, relationships among state and civil society and state and market, strategies for growth, development and social cohesion) over inter-connected spatial scales (local, regional, national and international level).
The SINGOCOM programme has developed an Alternative Model for Local Innovative Development (ALMOLIN) especially stressing the role of governance dynamics. This model is based on a multi-dimensional concept of social innovation, combining various views of this notion. The model allows for a proper dialogue between institutional economics and sociology, territorial innovation models and institutionalist planning.
The Sagalassos Project: Approaching patterns of nature-society interactions in regional development The project initiates an innovative dialogue between archaeology, ecology, geography and planning studies in the region of Sagalassos (SW Turkey). The purpose is to investigate diachronic co-evolution of society and nature and tie the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project to a parcours of sustainable regional development.
The project aims to develop practical and pedagogical planning and design methodologies to assess, evaluate and implement spatial quality. The strategic focus is on the broadening of the concept of spatial quality through an interdisciplinary (involving different research disciplines in a shared methodology) and transdisciplinary (involving different types of users) approach. This broader frame of reference, including the development of a shared language to read and discuss spatial quality across disciplines and types of user groups, pave the way for methodology development, case-study work (design and planning practice but also research cases, experiments and workshops), all to be valorised in a number of valorisation products, of which the multimodal handbook is the most prominent.
INDIGO is an inter- and transdisciplinary project, which puts the discussion about shared land uses, land property and use rights within the interdisciplinary context of ownership regimes and the ‘governance of the Commons’. INDIGO partners jointly examine contemporary concepts of land use, ownership and the Commons and ways to govern them. Concurrently they take the history of the Commons, in Flanders and abroad, and their use and administration into consideration as background explanatory information. INDIGO also analyses different ownership regimes, the contextualised legal dimensions of property and use rights and their implications for spatial development planning practices and modes of governance.