Multilevel Governance Instruments for Achieving Balanced Urban-Rural Development
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Sustainable and balanced urban-rural development largely depends on the system of governance, as well as methods, instruments, and practices which were derived from it. Just, efficient and effective governance requires collaboration and sharing of responsibility in policy formulation and decision-making processes between different stakeholders at different levels of territorial organisation. This implies a complex set of mechanisms, processes and institutions through which stakeholders can articulate their interests and exercise their rights, but also share ideas, negotiate, reach common understanding, and agree on solutions in given circumstances. This paper presents and discusses the process and results of the collaboration between an academic institution and a local government in the development of students’ master’s theses and integrated projects for the territory of the municipality of Pančevo, Serbia. The main focus of the curriculum was the application of multilevel governance ...instruments to achieve balanced development of the municipal territory. Students’ projects addressed various challenges: devastation of agricultural land; migration of (especially young) people from rural to urban areas; poor services and low income in rural areas; waste management; neglect of natural and cultural heritage. The educational approach was designed so as to create a learning environment that fosters collaborative learning for all the participants involved: students, local stakeholders, consultants, and mentors. The paper consists of three main sections. The first provides a brief overview of the theoretical background of multilevel governance, collaborative learning, and the practice-oriented approach to education. The second section presents the objectives of this educational model, and the methods and structure of the expected deliverables. The third part presents six students’ projects that deal with urban-rural relationships, and highlights key multilevel governance instruments for the implementation of the resulting proposals. The conclusion discusses process and product outcomes, differentiating benefits for all those involved, obstacles, and challenges, and provides recommendations for future work.
Keywords:multilevel urban governance / integrated projects / collaborative learning / practice oriented education
Source:Keeping up with technologies in the context of urban and rural synergy [Elektronski izvor] : book of conference proceedings / [4th International academic conference] Places and technologies 2017, Sarajevo, June, 08th - 09th, 2017, 2017, 332-340
- Sarajevo : Arhitektonski fakultet
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