In the 21st century, knowledge has become the most essential resource for urban competitiveness. City-Regions as Intelligent Territories is an international research project funded by the EU R&D Framework Programme. The project contributes in the understanding of territorial learning processes, knowledge dissemination and transfer, and social networks in a number of different urban environments.
The core of the project is a set of city-region case studies on Dortmund in Germany, Dublin in Ireland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, and Tampere in Finland. The aim of the studies is to examine a range of formal and informal learning networks within which learning and knowledge development take place, and to develop:
- techniques for the mapping of a wider range of knowledge centres than is conventionally considered in studies of the knowledge economy;
- a process for researching and assessing the benefits of community based learning to participants;
- tools and approaches to measuring and comparing the outreach learning activities of the tertiary educational sector;
- a methodology for examining the process of strategy development in cities and the role of learning in that process.
The findings of CRITICAL will be presented in series of meetings in November and December 2005. More