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CLUDs – Community Local Urban Development Urban Regeneration/Public Private Partnership

Laboratorio per l'alta formazione e la ricerca nell'ambito dello sviluppo urbano sostenibile

Department: Dipartimento di Patrimonio, Architettura e Urbanistica
Location and Contacts:

Via dell'Università 25
89124 Reggio Calabria

Area (mq): 60
Rooms: 1
Director: Carmelina Bevilacqua
Mail: Mail
Useful links: Progetto TREnD
Researchers: Carmelina Bevilacqua (ICAR/21)
PhD graduates: Francesco Cappellano; Alfonso Spisto;
PhD students: Giada Anversa; Virginia Borrello; Giuseppe Umberto Cantaffio; Iago Lestegas Tizon; Luana Parisi; Laura Biancuzzo; Gianmarco Cantafio; Cesare Cascella; Claudio Cesare Colombo; Israa Hanafi; Giuseppe Pronestì; Antonio Errigo; Gugliemo Minervino; Arnualt Morisson; Yapeng Ou, Liliana Starace
Research fellows: Carla Maione; Pasquale Pizzimenti
Project-based collaborators: Laura Battaglia
Other staff: Giacomo Sanzo

Principal aims

The CLUDs (Community Local Urban Development) Laboratory aims both at the Innovation Transfer finalised at the use of the Innovative Finance (including the Innovative Financial Instruments provided by the new EU Programming Period 2014-2020) and at promotion of Public-Private Partnership in urban/rural regeneration process and at the production/use of innovation for the local entrepreneurial context following the smart specialisation perspective.

The Lab has a twofold objective: strengthen the international Research activity and make available the results achieved in the national/regional system following the smart specialisation strategies perspective and contribute to the creation of the so called “innovation ecosystem” for the promotion of the urban and territorial regeneration chain.

The mission of the Lab is to build a strong and permanent linkage between Development Policies and Research Policies through the combination of European Structural Funds and the on-going Research Projects. It is articulated in three main actions:

  • Networking. The objective is to expand the the Lab’s platform to local stakeholders, both public and private, in stipulating specific cooperative agreements even through best practice exchange activities with the international partner belonging to the international research network. The Networking activity includes the organisation of thematic workshops, focus group, seminars and the organisation of international events for the granted research project in order to revitalise the context not only through physical transformation projects but also through the exchange of ideas and best practices with international partners favouring the international exposures of territories.
  • Pilot Projects. The objective it to propose the experimentation of Pilot Projects for the Calabrian context aiming at the implementation of the integration between Research activities and local context through the production and distribution of services for businesses, users and citizens, through the joining of smart cities and smart specialisation within the urban regeneration chain. This activity is articulated in functional areas, which through the employment of smart tools allows to: The optimum equilibrium between demand and supply of local goods and services in order to guarantee a more competitive and constant critical mass in the regional market; A “smart” management of the Calabrian urban regeneration chain through a dynamic mapping of the high development potential areas, taking into account the local context conditions.
  • Capitalisation. The objective is to promote Cooperative Agreements through results-oriented Local Action Plans consistent with the European strategies for Inland areas and the Urban Agenda of the Regional Program for the period 2014-2020.

Research activities

The CLUDs Lab activities are strictly related to the granted and the under evaluation research projects within the European Research Framework (7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020) and the Cohesion Policy (ESF internationalisation, Territorial Cooperation). Particularly, these activities focus on:

Research and Higher Education.

  • International Doctorate Program in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development (URED). The Doctorate Program started in 2012 (1st Cycle). It represents one of the outputs of the research activities conducted within the CLUDs Research Project (Commercial Local Urban Districts – 7th FP Marie Curie IRSES Action 2010). Actually, the 5th Cycle has been activated (2016). The URED Program merges “higher education and research activities” with an integrated multidisciplinary and intersectorial approach. It has been funded by the Calabria Region ESF ROP 2007-2013 – Axis V – Operative Objective N, thanks to the PrInteR Project (Project for the strengthening of the international network on the theme of urban regeneration). The main objective of the URED Program is to gather the research and development strategies coherent with the programmatic orientation of the Europe 2020 strategy and Horizon 2020 in the CLUDs/MAPS-LED analysed contexts through specific set of actions.
  • H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016. IDP URED Proposal. The Marie Curie COFUN Action allows to cofund Doctoral Programs consistent with the European Innovative Doctorate requirements. The proposal IDP URED aims at improving international exposure of the doctoral programme by reinforcing the existing combination of research/training activities and support secondments to partner organisations, in order to ensure exposure to the non-academic sector. The main objective of the proposal is to improve the environment for ESR by creating institutionalised opportunities for cross sectorial and cross disciplinary research.

Research – European Research Framework/Interregional Cooperation

  • Urban Regeneration and Public Private Partnership. The CLUDs (Commercial Local Urban District) Research Project has been granted by the 7th European Research Framework Program within the Marie Curie IRSES actions 2010. The project allowed to build up a strong international research network composed by 4 European and 2 US universities favouring the mobility of experienced and early stage researchers between Europe and US. The CLUDs Project allowed to highlight the successful factors in US urban regeneration strategies through a complex case studies analysis highlighting the relevant role played by new forms of Public-Private Partnership. The Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria was the leading Beneficiary and the Project has been coordinated by Professor Carmelina Bevilacqua. The results achieved can be summed up as follows: national and international events related to the project; national and international publications; participation to national and international conferences; the establishment of the CLUDs lab in 2011; the establishment of the International Doctorate Program in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development (URED) in 2012. The CLUDs Project has been selected by the CORDIS for the publication of the “Results in Brief” in order to disseminate European researches results (
  • Urban Safety/Security. BESECURE (Best practice Enhancers Security in Urban Regions) is a project commissioned by the European Union under the EU 7th framework programme (FP7-SECURITY). The BESECURE project “worked towards a better understanding of urban security through examination of different European urban areas. By examining eight urban areas throughout Europe, BESECURE is building a comprehensive and pragmatic knowledge base that supports policy making on urban security challenges by sharing best practices in use throughout Europe, and by provides visualisation and assessment tools and guidelines that help local policy makers to assess the impact of their practices, and improve their decision making”. The Research activities conducted by the unit of the Università Mediterranea, lead by Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua focused on the case study analysis of the Arghillà neighbourhood. The results have been published in comprehensive report and have been disseminated through international and national publications.
  • Smart Specialisation Strategies. The Research Project MAPS-LED (Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialisation Strategies for Local Economic Development) is granted by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie RISE Action 2014. The MAPS-LED project intends to examine how Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) can be implemented, with respect to the new agenda of Europe 2020, by incorporating a place-based dimension. The main objective of the MAPS-LED program is to build and test an evidence- based methodology for recognizing and assessing emerging and potential of S3. The methodology will be developed by drawing insights from existing successful US Clusters. The Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria is the Beneficiary of the Project (the only one H2020 project in Calabria led by a Calabrian University). The Project is coordinated by Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua.
  • Territorial Cooperation. The CAPACITY (Capacity building for Smart Specialisation Strategies in the MED space) Project is granted within the INTERREG MED European Initiative (European Territorial Cooperation). Its aim is to to build on the growing knowledge base on the theory and practice of Smart Specialisation to launch a network of coordinated initiatives focusing on the MED’s problems and opportunities in RIS3 implementation and optimization. Operationally, S3-MED will act through local and trans-national workshops, study visits and peer-to-peer meetings, supported by the development of transferrable models for action and analytical tools for evidence based decision making. The network is composed by universities, public authorities and local governments. The Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria is partner of the international network and the unit is coordinated by Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua.

International relationships

The current CLUDs Lab international research network is composed by:

  • - Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, IT;
  • - Salford University, UK;
  • - Aalto Korkeakoulusaatio, FI;
  • - La Sapienza di Roma University, IT;
  • - Northeastern University of Boston, MA, US;
  • - San Diego State University, CA, US;
  • - Louisiana Tech University, LA, US;

Horizon 2020 topics

Smart SpecialisationStrategies / Urban Regeneration / Cluster/ Place-based approach / Milieu Innovateur/ Sustainable Return on Investment / Urban Governance / Local Economic Development / Public Private Partnership Community Planning / Community led-approach / Urban-Rural Link / Transit-Oriented Development

Smart Specialisation Strategy Calabria (S3 Calabria)

Bioedilizia; Logistica; Turismo e Cultura; ICT e Terziario Innovativo.

Research fields

Responsible Keywords ERC Domain
Carmelina Bevilacqua Urban Economics, Urban Regeneration; Sustainability; Smart Specialisation Strategies; Innovative Financial Instruments (InFiS); Balanced resources management, Support to public and private subjects SH1_5 - Competitiveness, innovation, research and development
SH3_8 - Urbanization and urban planning, cities

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