RE-CITY - reviving shrinking cities

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant as part of a consortium including 16 universities and 9 research institutes, agencies and consultancies under the lead of the University of Kaiserslautern. This research project will focus on finding new ways of maintaining or improving the quality of life in shrinking cities.

Cities with a declining population have to cope with various issues. One of the issues concerns the question how to maintain the supply of infrastructure if the declining population causes reduced tax revenues. These issues can be dealt with in various ways.The RE-CITY project perceives shrinkage as an opportunity in the years to come. Hence, the RE-CITY project aims at finding creative and innovative solutions to these types of issues. The knowledge produced by the RE-CITY project can be incorporated into new interdisciplinary concepts in urban planning. To do so, the project promotes young scientists. Within the framework of a graduate school, 13 PhD students will conduct research in the project's international network from April 2019. The project includes setting up a structured training program to deal intensively with the topic in workshops, lectures and internships.

Spatial Foresight’s role in this research project consists on the one hand of supporting the research by providing inputs from the practical field and organising workshops. On the other hand, Spatial Foresight will host one of the PhD students by offering a placement with a practical focus.

More information about the project can be found on:


Client: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Duration: October 2018 - March 2022


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813803

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