The subject matter of the conference concerns theoretical and methodical as well as practical aspects related to the idea of spatial justice. This term has been used for a number of years in social and geographical sciences when defining the marginal level of territorial inequalities. In the subject literature, spatial justice is perceived through the prism of residents’ mobility and their capability of achieving specific goals. In practical terms, this often comes down to manners (methods or tools) of overcoming delays in development and territorial marginalization at various spatial scales. During the conference, the issue of spatial justice will be raised respecting both European, national, regional and even local aspects. At the European scale, spatial justice refers directly to evaluation of support provided to regions by the EU. Concerning the local dimension, the problem of spatial justice regards territorial development policy pursued by self-government authorities, including spatial planning, moulding living conditions.

The conference intends to discuss the tools of overcoming the threat of marginalization, including actions based on the use of endogenous potentials, as well as external intervention. The subject of the meeting will simultaneously encompass agglomerations and other areas of economic development, as well as linkages and spatial interactions between developed and lagging regions.

The following topics are expected to be held at the conference:

  • Spatial justice in theory and research concepts;
  • Methods and tools for measuring spatial justice, territorial cohesion and marginalization;
  • Delineation of growth and marginalized areas;
  • Mobility and accessibility in relation to spatial justice;
  • Approaches to counteract territorial marginalization;
  • Development inequalities in the European Union in light of the Cohesion Policy after 2020;
  • Territorial inequalities in urban structure;
  • Spatial planning as a way for counteracting marginalization;
  • Public benefit services as a determinant of marginalization.