GET TO KNOW Re-Place project
Re-Place is a 48 months project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Action (RIA). The Re-Place consortium is coordinated by IGOT (Institute of Geography and spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal) and has a total of 7 partners, from 6 different countries.

Re-Place is set to explore the complex issues faced by peripheral non-metropolitan areas which have been the subject of mixed narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some people see these areas as struggling and left behind, others see them as offering a higher quality of life compared to big cities.

Through participative research, Re-Place will examine the role that spatial mobilities play in the future of these places, and how it can be harnessed to improve these communities quality of life.

Find out more on Re-Place website!

The Re-Place Kick-off Meeting (KoM) was held on the 20th – 21st March 2023 at IGOT, in Lisbon, bringing together all the consortium members from around Europe and Dr. Simone Rosini, the Policy Officer at the European Commission.

Group photo at IGOT

The two days were filled with rich and extensive exchanges between partners, and focused on the planned activities under the various Work Packages, that included descriptions of the tasks, deliverables and upcoming actions, as well a Q&A session.

KoM working sessions

The Re-Place KoM also included three participatory workshops on (1) Mapping Innovative Concepts, (2) Building a Local Human Development Index and (3) Preparing a Population Survey. Active discussion on these topics were key to a fruitful launch of the project and allowed partners to share insights about national and regional contrasts, and different approaches on each subject.

In addition, the Opening Event “Mobilities and local development in peripheral places” showcased two film screenings, that revealed ethnoghaphic explorations of Left-Behind Places in Romania and Portugal.

Alin in the Ghost Town
Stefano Piemontese, England (Institute for Research into superdiversity, University of Birmingham)

Watch full video on Youtube

I’m everywhere and nowhere at once
Amandine Desille, Portugal (IGOT)

Watch trailer on Vimeo

On the 26th September 2023, IGOT organized the first Re-Place advisory board meeting.

The Re-Place Advisory Board is a crucial part of the management structure of the Re-Place project (together with the Project coordinator, the Project Officer, and the Work Package Leaders), and includes three international experts: Thilo Lang, Maria Grazia Montella, and Ricard Morén Alegret.

The Advisory Board is engaged during key moments to offer inputs and guidance on the conceptual and methodological aspects of the project, as well as in the exploitation of results and in translating these into meaningful and transformative policy recommendations.

This first online meeting was the occasion for every consortium partner to introduce their institution and to discuss the fundamentals of the Re-Place project. The timing also allowed ICCV researchers to share the preliminary results of the Local Human Development Index.

Presentation of the LHDI by Dumitru Sandu and Monica Serban (ICCV)

The Advisory Board members revealed an interest in the relevance of the UK-centred concept of “left-behindness” for a wider range of European contexts; the relationship between the LHDI and the concept of “left-behindness”; the parallel drawn between “left-behindness” and shrinking areas or de-industrialisation processes; the existing narratives of “left-behindness”; and the variegated effects of “left-behindness” on individuals and groups.

The next meeting will be at the annual conference in Riga, in the spring of 2024.

Meet our Advisory Board members

Re-Place at IMISCOE
Re-Place members Elina Apsite-Berina (University of Latvia), Amandine Desille (IGOT-ULisboa), Lucinda Fonseca (IGOT-ULisboa), and Zaiga Krisjane (University of Latvia) participated in the 20th edition of IMISCOE annual conference at the beginning of July, under the theme “Migration and Inequalities – in search of answers and solutions”.

IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the field of migration, and its annual conference was organised by the Centre for Research in Migration at Warsaw University.

For more information about the event click here.

Re-Place project presented at the 4th conference of Romanian Network for Migration Studies

Researcher Monica Șerban, from the Romanian Academy, Research Institute for the Quality of Life (RIQL), had the opportunity to present Re-Place Project, in the 4th conference of the Romanian Network for Migration Studies, held on September – 7th – 8th, 2023.

This conference focused on the concept of Migration Dialogue and aimed to explore the existing and potential connections between research, art, civil society organizations, and policy makers, in relation to migration.

For more information about the event click here.

Specific session intitled “Spatial (im)mobility and local development in non-metropolitan areas” at the EUGEO conference

Several members of the Re-Place project consortium presented their contributions at the EUGEO conference, held on September 4th-7th 2023, in Barcelona. The conference focused on the interaction between people and environments, aiming to answer questions about our current condition, how we got here, and how we can establish directions for research to secure our common future.

This event provided a platform for Re-Place researchers to share insights through impactful presentations, assembled in a specific session entitled “Spatial (im)mobility and local development in non-metropolitan areas”.

For more information about the event click here.

FIRST SCIENTIFIC DELIVERABLE submitted by Re-Place consortium

At the end of July 2023, the Re-Place consortium submitted the first scientific deliverable of the project. Prof. Dumitru Sandu, together with the other five team members of the Research Institute for Quality of Life (ICCV), Romanian Academy – the Romanian Re-Place partner - authored the paper.

The paper introduces a methodology for calculating an index measuring the local development – namely Local Human Development Index (LHDI). As the name suggests, LHDI is based on one of the most used measurements of development at global level – the Human Development Index (HDI). HDI is a standardized measure, calculated starting with 1990 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), allows comparisons at global level and, in time, on people’s livelihoods in different countries. LHDI reproduces HDI’s idea at local level and is based on the statistical aggregation of indicators measuring three types of capital: health, knowledge and economic capital.

The methodology of calculating LHDI is the result of many years of research by Prof. Dumitru Sandu to define and to validate the best fitted measurement of development at local level in Romania. The Re-Place consortium will use this methodology to calculate LHDI for thousands of localities, in each one of the consortium countries (Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Romania). This way, the Re-Place project can offer a better perspective on the left-behind areas when compared with the rest of the territory.


The Romanian research team and the Romanian institutional partner was rewarded for their participation in Re-Place project.

In its attempt to stimulate the participation of Romanian researchers in international projects, The Romanian Ministry of Education through its Executive Unit for the Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) annually rewards the teams receiving funds to implement European projects. In 2023, UEFISCDI opened two awarding schemes in relation to the Horizon Europe framework: (a) one rewarding the individual researchers (in the case that their institution is the partner coordinating a project or a work package leader) and (b) another one stimulating the institutional development of institutions hosting Horizon Europe teams through a competition for funds. As members of the Re-Place consortium, coordinating the Work Package 6: Mobility and peripherality: local household strategies, the six members of the Romanian team: Alin Croitoru, Alexandra Deliu, Mădălina Manoilă, Dumitru Sandu, Monica Șerban, Paula Tufiș (alphabetical order) were individually awarded a prize.

The Research Institute for Quality of Life (ICCV), Romanian Academy, the institutional Romanian partner of Re-Place consortium, has submitted a project proposal in the competition opened by UEFISCDI for institutions. Out of 57 project proposals, ICCV`s project is one of the 27 winners. The project has started in 2023 and aims to enhance the institutional capacity of ICCV to participate in international collaborations.


In the FIELD

Re-Place reseacher, Amandine Desille, from IGOT-ULisboa - Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, shares her insights on some possible hints of regeneration in the "inner territories" of Portugal.

In this article she focuses on her last visit to Bragança, in the Region on Trás-os-Montes, and the villages forming the council, where she found renewed dynamism compared to previous visits.

Read the full article



Solidarity Typologies in Dynamics Between Portuguese Emigrants and Their Parents

Re-Place team members, Jennifer McGarrigle and Sofia Santos, published a paper on transnational intergenerational solidarity between Portuguese emigrants living abroad and their parents still living in Portugal. The typology of relationship types developed in the paper sheds light on the impact of migration on family solidarities, an important aspect in relation to well-being. These results are useful for the qualitative fieldwork we will do with households in left-behind or peripheral areas in the Re-Place project as we seek to understand the impacts of out-migration on these places and families.

Barros, C., McGarrigle, J., Santos, A.S. et al. Solidarity Typologies in Dynamics Between Portuguese Emigrants and Their Parents. Human Arenas (2023)


Multisensory approaches in migration research: reflections and pathways

Re-Place team member Amandine Desille published an article in the journal Visual Studies with co-author Karolina Nikielska-Sekula where they share a reflection on multisensory research in migration studies, based on their past research work. Yet this reflection aligns with the visual methodology which will be adopted in Re-Place.

Desille, A. & Nikielska-Sekula, K. (2023). Multisensory approaches in migration research: reflections and pathways. Visual Studies.


Re-Place and Globility: NEW BOOK CHAPTER

Members of the Re-Place consortium (J. Domínguez-Mujica, M. Fonseca, D. Göler, Z. Krišjāne and B. Staniscia, together with co-authors) recently published their paper on “Global Change and Human Mobility in the Anthropocene” as a book chapter (#7) of the volume “Research Directions, Challenges and Achievements of Modern Geography“, edited by Jerzy Bański and Michael Meadows.

Basis is the long-lasting collaboration in the framework of the IGU-Commission on Globility, which stands for global change and human mobility. As the mobility turn has emerged as a new paradigm for social sciences, human mobility, associated with globalisation processes, has become a constitutive element of social and economic changes, establishing novel forms of relationship between space and society. Socioeconomic inequalities, the nexus between migration and development, and the complexity of drivers of mobility, make Geography an essential science for interpreting the interrelation between mobility and social sustainability. All of these topics are strongly related to the concept and ambitions of Re-Place.


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International Geographical Union Thematic Conference
May 18-19, 2024, Quito, Ecuador
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August 24-30, 2024. Dublin, Ireland
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The Re-Place project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no. 101094087.

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