EUKN conducts research on socio-economic and spatial dimensions of urban poverty

EUKN is currently conducting research to deliver a policy brief on the socio-economic and spatial dimensions of urban poverty. The research will be carried out in cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU and the DGs responsible for urban development and territorial cohesion.

Despite the European Union’s goal to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020, the reality in the wake of the economic crisis is that we actually see more people ending up in poverty, and the poor are actually becoming poorer.

The research paper will look at successful strategies to combat urban poverty and social exclusion, and promote an inclusive city. It will provide policy recommendations on spatial and urban aspects of inclusiveness, taking into account a multi-level governance perspective.

The research will include case studies demonstrating successful measures for combating poverty and promoting inclusiveness in an urban setting. As an asset for anyone interested in more detail in policy measures on tackling urban poverty, detailed descriptions of case studies will be added to EUKN’s e-library and as an annex to the research.

The policy brief will be presented sometime over the summer, but a first draft will presented at the DG-meeting for Directors-General responsible for territorial development in Athens on April 3rd.