Germany: Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, State Association of Culture and Creative Industries Saxony e.V
Austria: Impact Hub GmbH, Otelo eGen
Italy: Politecnico di Milano
France: Paris School of Business
Greece: Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, European Creative Hubs Network Association
01/2021 – 12/2024
Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Dr. Thilo Lang
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-159
CORAL aims to unpack the latent dynamics and impacts of collaborative workspaces (CWS) in rural and peripheral areas and integrate them as development tools in local and regional policies to open up new potentials for socio-economic development.
Whereas we have observed the rapid rise of CWS in urban agglomerations the past 15 years, there is now a gradual rise of CWS in rural and peripheral areas too. However, there is no clear evidence about their functions, impacts and the ways that policymaking should promote the rural CWS wave and assist in linking the development of CWS with processes of local socio-economic development. In fact, that policy link is much needed for those disadvantaged places (places that don’t matter), as only a few EU policies (e.g. Interreg) have assisted the development of CWS in peripheral and rural areas. At the same time, there is an urgent need for qualified professionals in academia and the policy arena, in order to effectively promote CWS in the lagging parts of the EU and by that, open up new development futures.
CORAL aims to provide specialized and tailor-made training to 15 young researchers to better understand and support the development processes of CWS in rural and peripheral areas, their wider impacts at the local and regional level, as well as at the level of the individual worker and the enterprise.
The research consists of 15 projects; the following two projects will be hosted by the IfL:
Through different means of dissemination and exploitation such as knowledge exchange days, CORAL schools and a digital platform, the impacts of CORAL aim to reach a wider audience ranging from public policymakers to private stakeholders and CWS communities across the EU.
Görmar, Franziska (2021): Collaborative workspaces in small towns and rural areas. The COVID-19 crisis as driver of new work models and an opportunity for sustainable regional development? Working Paper, freely available on ResearchGate
Blog Deutsche Glasfaser, 19 January 2022:
Forschungsprojekt CORAL: Erfolgsfaktoren für Coworking und Co. in Europa