When SPOT meets SPOT: Workshop on challenges of Europeanization from different perspectives

Do you know that there are two SPOT projects running on right now? Meet the other one: SPOT (Social and innovative Platform On cultural Tourism and its potential towards deepening Europeanisation). This is 3 years EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme, focused on the study of problems related to cultural tourism. The consortium is composed of 15 partners from 14 European countries and Israel.

SPOT project aims to develop a new approach to understanding and addressing cultural tourism and to promote the development of disadvantaged areas. Specifically, it will identify different layers of data and capitalise on existing practice. It will explore emerging forms of cultural tourism, identifying opportunities and developing strategies to allow local people to gain benefit from their precious cultural assets. SPOT will engage academics and stakeholders in the development of policy proposals and generalise lessons learnt through an Innovation Tool to assist policymakers and practitioners. One of the objectives of this tool (SPOT-IT) is to assist in considerations of policy and financial interventions to support initiatives in remote and deprived areas based on their contribution to Europeanization as well as investing in high cost infrastructure.

The workshop on challenges of Europeanization from different perspectives will be the contribution of SPOT to SPOT, held in Peniche (Portugal) during the study visit scheduled on May 2022. During the workshop we will try to look at the idea of Europeanisation, discuss it and refer to experiences (examples) from particular countries. Of course we will try to pay attention to the relation between this idea and tourism (tourist resources).

The workshop will be conducted by Krzysztof Janc. He is an associated professor in the Institute of Geography and Regional Development; graduated in socio-economic geography (University of Wrocław). His fields of expertise are local and regional development, internet studies. He has participated in many applied research projects for national and regional ministries and agencies as well as in European projects concerning knowledge transfer, spatial differentiation of educational potential and digital geography. He is a member of several expert groups, including Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning, European Rural Development Network, Commission for Rural Areas the Polish Geographical Society.

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