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Territorial capital – concepts, indicators & policy


The Warsaw Regional Forum is organized on a regular basis once every two years (biennially) by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, together with the Ministry of Regional Development of the Republic of Poland and Polish Geographical Society. This year coorganizer is also Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes.

Conference is co-financed by Ministry of Science and Higher Education Republic of Poland.

In a globalized and highly competitive world, local and regional development is increasingly becoming associated with capital available in a given territory – i.e. potentialities for growth, development and carrying through investment projects, and socio-economic success. Each territory has its own specificity and peculiar linkages between main elements of environment, society and economy. These resources offer various opportunities to be taken advantage of and to be adequately modified. In a further development, factors like governance over territorial capital, cooperation between different actors, proactive approach to implementing innovative measures and processes of education seem to be of crucial importance.

The organizers invite submission of papers concerning different understanding in various countries of the concept of territorial capital, based on a foundation of different sciences across multiple disciplines (geography, economy, sociology, etc.) as well as on the basis of political documents of varied level. Certainly, as a complementary result of this discussion, articles will be particularly welcome referring to concrete and tangible cases regarding dynamics and structure of territorial capital of European regions, including the results of research projects touching upon the aforesaid subject matter (e.g. ESPON).


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To date, there have been five meetings held under the common title Warsaw Regional Forum: Central and Eastern Europe: Changing spatial patterns of human activity (2004), The core and peripheral regions in Central and Eastern Europe (2005), Contemporary dilemmas of spatial development in Europe (2007), Networking in the European, regional and local space (2009) and Functional regions – towards a new paradigm of territorial and cohesion policy (2011). During the five meetings of the Warsaw Regional Forum more than 200 papers have been presented. The research studies dealt with a wide spectrum of themes and the analysis contained within them covered a wide spectrum of spatial scales – ranging from that of the European through the national and regional, to the local level. The participants of all five conferences came from 27 different countries.

Warsaw Regional Forum – an overview of first four conferences