This interactive session asks what a spatially just Europe might look like as the continent recovers from COVID-19 and seeks to build resilience in the face of future challenges. The session draws on evidence from the IMAJINE project to present four scenarios for Europe in 2050 and engage participants in a mediated discussion of how their region would fare under each scenario. Participants will vote on balancing demands for solidarity, cohesion, fairness and autonomy in future regional policy.
This interactive session asks what a spatially just Europe might look like as the continent recovers from COVID-19 and seeks to build resilience in the face of future social, economic, political and environmental challenges. The session draws on research from the Horizon 2020 IMAJINE project on territorial inequalities and spatial justice in Europe to engage participants in a discussion on the implications of different scenarios for regions in Europe and explore the key question of "Can coherence and solidarity be balanced with democracy and regional accountability?". Two short presentations will provide background evidence from the IMAJINE research on connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and regional inequalities and on public attitudes towards territorial inequalities, solidarity and autonomy (drawing on a survey of 18,000 citizens in eight countries).
A third presentation will outline four scenarios for future regional policy contexts in Europe: "Silver Citadel", emphasising solidarity and economic growth, in which spatial justice means equitable distribution of wealth between regions; "Green Guardian", emphasising solidarity and wellbeing, in which spatial justice means regions helping each other to adapt to the climate crisis; "Silicon Scaffold", emphasising regional autonomy and economic growth, in which spatial justice means regions' right to hold on to wealth they have generated; and "Patchwork Rainbow", emphasising autonomy and wellbeing, in which spatial justice means regions' right to define their own values.
The second part of the session will involve a mediated discussion applying tools used in IMAJINE workshops, in which participants will discuss how their region would fare under each scenario, helping to identify priorities for spatial justice in regional policy, facilitated by voting in Slido. The session will add values to debates on cohesion with an emphasis on spatial justice and scenario-testing and combining new research evidence with an interactive discussion.