SUSPLACE – Exploring the potential of place-shaping practices for sustainable development

The SUSPLACE consortium bids you a hearty welcome to our newly launched website SUSPLACE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission that explores the full potential of place-shaping practices for sustainable development.

SUSPLACE officially kicked-off on October 1, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands and will last till September 30, 2019. The overall aim of the project is to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to study and further enhance sustainable place-shaping practices. The 15 ERS are appointed for three years, starting from April 1, 2016. They are encouraged to complete a PhD and for that purpose SUSPLACE offers an extended and intensive training and networking program.

SUSPLACE will raise the knowledge, skills and capacities needed to design and deliver appropriate, integrative solutions in sustainable place-based development. It will do so via 15 research projects under the heading of five interrelated themes: Inclusive Places, Resilient Places, Connected Places, Greening Economies and Pathways to Sustainability.

SUSPLACE is coordinated by Ina Horlings and Dirk Roep of the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University and brings together six academic and seven non-academic partners from seven European countries: The Netherlands, United Kingdom (Wales), Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Finland and Portugal.

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