Smart cities projects have increased their popularity worldwide since their very first implementation. But how and to what extent have they expanded in the European Union? On which topics they have been focusing on? Read further for fresh findings from University of Portsmouth‘s team.
Citizens vs. practitioners: contrasting opinions might explain different perceptions of EU performance
Can different ideas on Cohesion Policy influence the perception of its efficiency? Monica Mihaela Tudor, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Economics of Academia Romana, tells us how PERCEIVE is going to investigate the difference that might exist between practitioners’ view on this relevant EU policy and European citizens.
PERCEIVE is an innovative research project. Nicholas Charron, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, department of Political Science, explains how the project will be a roadmap for future researches on EU Cohesion Policy. A project that matters not only to the academic community, but also to policy makers, media outlets and all European citizens.
Is there alignment between the identification with the European project and EU Cohesion Policy? How do implementation, communication, and citizens’ perception of a distinct European identity interact? Professor Markus Höllerer from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business tells us how PERCEIVE is going to address this empirical question and help shed light on unsolved issues. In collaboration with several partner institutions, his team’s research will focus on the role of language and discourse.
An Eurosceptic sentiment is spreading in several member states. Pawel Chmielinski, PhD at the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, illustrates how PERCEIVE might lead toward a more positive identification with the EU: there is the need to show the connection between the Union as an institution and the local context, where citizens’ everyday life is improved.
Why PERCEIVE is important to cast light on Brexit? Gianpiero Torrisi, Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth Business School, explains how the project will lead to a more evidence-based policy approach. Policy makers will greatly benefit thanks to a deeper understanding of the interaction between the EU structure and its narrative.
European citizens’ point of view is a crucial aspect of PERCEIVE’s research. Jordi Suriñach, professor at the University of Barcelona, says that the study of subjective indicators will bring a fresh take compared to usual approaches. PERCEIVE’s results will be useful for society as a whole and European citizens will have the chance to better grasp the benefits of being a member state.
Take a closer look inside the project and find out how, according to the project coordinator Professor Edoardo Mollona from the University of Bologna, PERCEIVE aims at shaping the discourse on the future of European identity. He will personally work on the creation of a computer model that will facilitate policymakers’ ability to predict the effects of Cohesion Policy’s implementation and communication strategies.