The Innovative Training Network (ITN) TOD-IS-RUR sets up an interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral network to make significant research contributions to the scientific and societal challenge of countering sprawl in Europe. The network aims to extend the concept of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to rural-urban regions (RURs) with a context-based approach, in which interactions between mobility and urbanization are studied in relation to social and environmental qualities.

This research (ESR10) is part of TOD is RUR and specifically focuses on the transfer of knowledge and findings from research to practice. However, the phrasing ‘from research to practice’ suggests that this is a one-way interaction in which knowledge is generated in knowledge institutions and subsequently transferred to others who implement the ideas developed by academics. In reality, this interaction is more complex and it does not seem desirable to restrict the interaction to a simple unidirectional transfer of expert knowledge. That’s why the interaction between research and practice is put in a broader perspective. The project will first focus on “epistemic justice” around TOD, producing local and liminal knowledge with bottom-up approaches and co-creational methodologies that aim to empower the communities where they are made. The first phase will generate audio-visual materials that aim to, in the second phase, open dialogues with diverse audiences (practitioners, researchers).

More info: TOD is RUR

Researcher: Sandra La Rota
Promotor: Thomas Vanoutrive, Caroline Gallez (Université Gustave Eiffel), Luca Bertolini (University of Amsterdam)
Funding: Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Period: 2021-2024