Bright future for black towns: reinventing European industrial towns and challenging dominant post-industrial discourses

Project objective is to develop place-specific strategies for industrial towns in Europe by respecting their strengths, needs and expectations. We are interested in assets and strengths of case studies leading to new social innovations and enabling small towns to adapt, to be resilient, and to be sustainable. Those innovations are the key project outcome and streamlining them into planning practice is important. The project affects small towns that are trying to adapt to urban change by understanding of how cities dependent on manufacturing can thrive in the future and by understanding their economic, cultural and social dynamics. Research has a strong trans-disciplinary focus involving non-academic participants.


Duration: 2017–2020
Contact Dr. David Bole
Budget: 1.313.222 EUR
Partners: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SI) University of Eastern Finland (FI) University of Amsterdam (NL) University of Bucharest (RO) Social Life Limited (UK) The Young Foundation (UK)


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