Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 1998

Inequality, Cohesion and Unemployment:
Comparative Regional and Urban change in Europe

Main Discipline: Human Geography
Lecturer: Professor Mick Dunford
Institution: School of European Studies, University of Sussex
Dates: 10. - 14. August

This course studies the record of recent regional and urban change in Europe in a comparative perspective. First, a portrait is given of present inequalities, within the EU, and in relation to East European and Mediterranean neighbours. Then, trends towards divergence and convergence are studied. Scholarly debates on these matters are discussed, and various explanatory approaches are presented. Ways in which the impact of structural and other EU policies on cohesion may be evaluated are presented. The question of reinforced economic polarisation and the new role of large cities in the global system is discussed. Various comparative approaches to the study of winners and loosers are also covered. Finally, the possible impact of EU enlargement is discussed, and an interpretation of recent trends in integration, employment and inequality based on regulation theory is offered

Basic reading

The lecturer
Mick Dunford is Professor of Economic Geography, School of European Studies, University of Sussex. He is also Director of the Centre for the Changing Political Economy of Europe and Editor of Regional Studies. He has contributed to several edited works and published articles in scholarly journals such as Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning, Regional Studies, Review of International Political Economy. Among his recent publications are Regional Futures (co-edited with B. Asheim), Successful European regions. Northern Ireland learning from others (written with R. Hudson, Belfast 1996) and Cities and regions in the new Europe: the global-local interplay and spatial development strategies (co-edited with G. Kafkalas, London 1992).