MRI colleagues, researcher Andrea Tönkő and project coordinator Hanna Szemző participated in the Resilient Cultural Heritage and Communities in Europe conference on 10-11 May 2018, where they outlined the main goals of “OpenHeritage: Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Re-use through Inclusion,
Technology, Access, Governance, and Empowerment”, a 4-year Horizon2020 project to be launched in June 2018.
OpenHeritage concentrates a consortium of 16 partners: universities, SMEs, think tanks and NGOs, is led by Metropolitan Research Institute. The project will aim at creating a sustainable management model of heritage assets, working with an open definition of heritage, and involving sites that are not listed or incorporated into the official heritage discourse. Instead, the consortium chose to focus on buildings, complexes, and spaces which lie outside traditional and centrally located heritage spaces, and rather have a symbolic or practical significance for local and trans-local communities. Through community and stakeholder involvement, resource integration and territorial embeddedness, OpenHeritage will select, survey and analyse peripheral, often neglected heritage sites spread over sixteen Observatory Cases and six Cooperative Heritage Labs in 10 European countries.
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Hanna Szemző and Andrea Tönkő presented OpenHeritage H2020 project, set to start in June 2018, on 20 March at the “Cultural Heritage, Social Cohesion and Place Attachment” workshop organised by the Institute of Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Science.
FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness, the Metropolitan Research Institute Budapest and Shelter Foundation Budapest are pleased to announce the 13th Annual European Research Conference on Homelessness in Budapest, on Friday 21 Spetember 2018, entitled Social and Economic Integration of Homeless People. The purpose of this research conference is to explore evidence on levels of and opportunities for social and economic integration of homeless people in Europe and elsewhere.
The edited volume Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces was recently published in Vienna, presenting stories and models of community finance and civic economy. The volume’s chapter on Central and Eastern European urban civic initiatives was authored by Hanna Szemző, managing director of Metropolitan Research Institute.
Eszter Somogyi and Hanna Szemző attended the Opening up to an ERA of Social Innovation Conference on November 27-28th. The Lisbon conference, organized by the EC, the Portuguese government and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation focused on finding ways to promote social innovations, both as a way to increase inclusiveness and to overcome the difficulties caused by budgetary cuts and changing shifts in public financing. Representing HomeLab, MRI’s project focusing on innovations in the housing and employment sector, Eszter and Hanna have focused their efforts on deepening their knowledge and their network in the field.
Iván Tosics was the keynote speaker of the European Metropolitan Authorities (EMA) forum, which was held in Warsaw on 20 October 2017. The theme of the conference was Metropolitan areas as drivers of development in EU policies. The opening keynote presentation had the title „The Metropolitan Challenge In Europe” and included the following parts: 1. Benefits of metropolitan cooperation and the main bottlenecks; 2. Recent policy trends in metropolitan cooperation in the EU countries; 3. Good practices of metropolitan coordination: planning and governance solutions; 4. EU policies and tools for metropolitan areas: lessons from the present and ideas for the future. Tosics’s presentation is available here (pdf).
In the presence of 100 people, representing metropolitan authorities and areas from EU countries, Ivan gave also the summary of the whole days’ meeting, emphasizing that under the unfavourable conditions of Brexit and he internal debates among EU countries Cohesion Policy is much endangered. Metropolitan areas can become important players on European level if they have good institutional framework. To achieve that both the European and the national levels have to do more, acknowledging the huge advantages of metropolitan cooperation. An important step would be the increasing the urban dimension in the post 2020 Cohesion Policy and giving to metropolitan regions enhanced role in the planning and implementation.
Iván Tosics was the moderator of the Urban Development Network workshop in Budapest on 17 October 2017. On the workshop, participants discussed the most important aspects of cohesion policy, including integrated approach, participation, and funding with the representatives of the 23 Hungarian cities with County Rights. The European Commission was represented by Judit Törökné Rózsa (European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development) and her colleagues.
Metropolitan Research Institute’s colleague, Anna Bajomi, advisory board member of European Energy Poverty Observatory, presented about private tenants’ energy costs at the event of “Advances in fuel poverty research and practice: a pan-European early career researcher symposium” as a bursary of EEGA Charitable Trust.
In the framework of the HomeLab project a short, two-day long seminar was hosted by MRI exploring the development and possible application of the SRE model in Hungary and Greece. The Greek partner present was Gabriel Amitsis, Social Security Law Professor at the Athens University of Applied Sciences. Housing Europe facilitated the organisation of the seminar, and Edit Lakatos, the policy officer in charge of facilitating the event was present.
In the framework of the seminar two short field trips were conducted – one to visit the social housing experiment of Veszprém headed by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, a HomeLab partner – and one to visit the innovative housing service provided by ULE (From Street to Home Association – another HomeLab partner) that focuses on providing social, housing and employment services to homeless people.
The lessons from the field trips were debated at the premises of MRI, as well as possible ways of cooperation were discussed.
Read the full report about the seminar at Housing Europe’s website.