Places that don’t matter and Populism in Europe


Giovedì 10 Dicembre 2020
h. 9:30


Politecnico di Milano - Zoom

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Meeting ID: 878 8690 7808

Passcode: 900636



The debate around the places that don’t matter is at a turning-point: after a period characterized by several electoral twists and turns in many parts of the World, the rise of discontent seems to dim in some recent regional and national election results.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 barged into the institutional matters of wolrdwide places, with the risk of stoking economic grievances and social cleavages within many established democracies. Will Covid-19 undermine the political stability of local and national governments and/or will it act as disruptor of discontent?

We will discuss it with Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the Sheffield University Management School, who authored the paper Perceptions of regional inequality and the geography of discontent: insights from the UK’, one of the most impactful studies addressing the matter of discontent.

The webinar is part of the activities of ‘StraDe’ research unit (Strengths and weaknesses of the economic and territorial development strategies for depressed areas. The Italian case within the European context) and it is organized with the collaboration and patronage of c.MET05 (National University Centre on Applied Economic Studies), DAStU belongs to.


9.30 _Introduction
Massimo Bricocoli / DAStU Head of Department
Ilaria Mariotti / DAStU Coordinator of ‘StraDe’ research unit

9.45_Keynote Speech
The Geography of Discontent and the Regional Implications of Covid-19
Philip McCann / Sheffield University Management School

Determinants of Italian Discontent and the role of Place-Based Policies
Dante Di Matteo / DAStU Intermediate results of ‘StraDe’ research unit

11.00_Round Table
Trajectories and Perceptions of Discontent in the view of Territorial Heterogeneities
Gaetano Vecchione / Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Eveline van Leeuwen / Wageningen University
Marco R. Di Tommaso / Università degli Studi di Ferrara, c.MET05
Augusto Cerqua / Sapienza Università di Roma
Antonella Ferrara / European Commission (Joint Research Centre)
Alessandro Coppola / DAStU

Dante Di Matteo / DAStU Intermediate results of ‘StraDe’ research unit

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