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Regional development and equity

This research topic covers areas such as

  • sustainable strategies to promote non-discrimination (social inclusion, social cohesion) and addressing economic disparities within (European Cohesion) and outside the EU (including cross border investment)
  • scenarios to support Cohesion policy development and territorial impact assessment
  • regional aspects of growth and employment
  • innovation ecosystems and governance in lagging regions
  • territorial approach to EU development cooperation and neighbourhood
  • urban development

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Scientific tools

The RHOMOLO model

RHOMOLO is the spatial computable general equilibrium model of the European Commission focusing on EU regions developed by the JRC's Territorial Data...

Urban Data Platform

The Urban Data Platform is a joint initiative of the DG JRC and DG Regional and Urban Policy. It provides an access point to exchange information on...

Activities on this topic

Since the economic downturn, unemployment is reaching unprecedented levels. According to Eurostat, in July 2013, the unemployment rate in the EU was...

Sustainability science is a solution-oriented discipline that studies the complex relationship between nature and humankind, conciliating the mutually...

JRC research focuses on the role of agriculture as provider of public goods, on the impacts of rural development policies on all the aspects of rural...

The European Commission set out a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas over the next two decades. It identifies a number of areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities by 2040.