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27 Jun 2017

Spatial inequalities, regional polarisation and convergence in CEE

The current increase in spatial inequalities in Europe, and particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), has led to the reconsideration and revival of concepts like “polarisation” and “convergence” in regional economics, economic geography and spatial planning. In contrast to the […]

20 Jun 2017

Modelling spatial dependence in mortgage credit models

Introduction The recent financial crisis in the US has generated concerns about credit contagion, that is, how the deterioration of a borrower’s future ability to honour his/her debt obligations can affect the ability of other borrowers to repay. After the […]

6 Jun 2017

Community-led local development: challenges and opportunities

The EU introduced ‘community-led local development’ (CLLD) in the 2014-2020 programming period, broadening significantly the scope of what was known as the ‘LEADER approach’. Three years into this period significant challenges still face the practitioners and offer opportunities for better […]

Alan Aughey, Mayor of the Clare and Gilbert Valleys 25 May 2017

Hello Possums!

Those familiar with contemporary British culture would be all too aware that ‘Hello Possums’ is the catch-cry of the entertainment character Dame Edna Everage.  Dame Edna – in reality the actor Barry Humphries – has the unique capacity to cast […]

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