Collaborative workspaces, such as coworking spaces, fab labs, creative hubs etc., for freelancers, self-employed, remote workers and start-ups are increasingly gaining attention of local and regional economic development strategies and policies as they are considered important intermediaries that help deliver entrepreneurial growth and local innovation agendas (Babb et al., 2018; Capdevila, 2015; Di Marino & Lapintie, 2018).

For 2021 Regions in Recovery E-Festival, together with New Working Spaces and Regional Studies Association, CORAL-ITN is hosting a special session exploring functions and impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral regions and towns.

CORAL is inviting contributions that deal with the exploration of the multiple ways that collaborative workspaces function in rural areas and peripheral towns and regions, e.g.:

–       Distribution and character of collaborative workspaces in rural and/ or peripheral regions

–       Contributions of CWS to regional and local learning, creative, social or economic innovation or entrepreneurial processes

–       Gender dynamics

–       Functions of CWS in local and regional markets

–       Role of CWS in local and translocal entrepreneurial ecosystems

–       Potential contribution of CWS to sustainable regional development and relevant public policies

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 March 2021

Learn more about the call and apply here.

CORAL – ITN is coordinated by Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in partnership with 15 organisations from 6 European countries. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) scheme.

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