Increasing urbanization along with transformation of rural economies and communities results in new types of rural-urban interactions and dependencies, to which policies and governance approaches are not fully adapted yet. Consolidated evidence is needed to assess the impact of these interactions o


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ROBUST will provide an illustration of the potential of place-based approaches based on an in-depth analysis of current practices and approaches. This will emphasize effective uses of local capacities, resources and knowledge thereby supporting the self-efficacy of people and communities, and adding value in sustainable ways.


ROBUST will be in a position to identify and strengthen policies, governance systems and practices that contribute effectively to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across rural, peri-urban and urban areas, and across all of Europe. Particular attention will be paid to identifying common interests, tensions and trade-offs as well as governance systems that are effective in managing these. ROBUST will provide practice-oriented information about successful governance models.