Project workplan

Work is divided into a major theoretical and methodological element (WP 1), five main research (RTD) workpackages (WP 2-6), an RTD workpackage for actual fieldwork implementation (WP7), a training package for fieldwork (WP 8) and separate workpackages for policy options deriving from our research as well as dissemination activities (WP 9) and management (WP 10).

Overview of EUBORDERREGIONS workpackages and individual tasks:


Work package title

Tasks involved


State of the Debate: theories and methods of complex regional analysis

1. To define scope, select case study areas
2. To characterise the current state of scholarly debate, policy research and analytical tools
3. To summarise insights and arguments that have emerged as a result of research
4. To prepare a Final Project Report


Regional Dimensions of  Change 1: Geopolitical data

1.Characterise major geopolitical issues in Neighbourhood relations per mesoregions; players, policies at the macrolevel
2. Identify potential conflicts, development impacts
3. Understand logics of mesoregional CBC


Regional Dimensions of Change 2: Socio-economic data

1. Characterise major development issues of a cross-border nature
2. Compare development trends in terms of EU cohesion measurements at mesoregional level
3. Cross-border economic profiles


Empirical Design for Fieldwork


1. Develop, refine and operationalise central research questions
2. Final Designation of method-mix for case studies
3. Guidelines for fieldwork

 5 RTD

Case Studies


1. Interpret fieldwork results for (9) NUTS 2 regions
2. Statistical analysis of local development indicators
3. Cross-border economic profiles
4. Content analysis-newspaper screening
5. Ascertain development prospects of selected regions
6. Policy relevant conclusions per case study

 6 RTD

Cross-Sectional Analysis and

Policy Options

1. Horizontal linking of case studies through thematic reports
2. Identify policy-relevant aspects of research results
3. Identify major policy shortfalls and problems
4. Suggest options for effective policy mechanisms


Fieldwork Implementation

1. Fieldwork: intensive survey and interview series
2. Coordination and monitoring of fieldwork
3. Troubleshooting
4. Management of logistics and technical matters


Fieldwork Training Activities

1. Preparation of survey manuals based on the survey  TOR and outlines
2. Method-specific training activities
3. Local survey guidelines



1. Addressing needs of different user-groups
2. Project identity: Website, Leaflets (2 issues) and newsletters (6 issues)
3. Video documentation
4. Use of new and interactive social media
5. Organisation of conferences, seminars and working papers

10 MGT

Project management


1. Administrative tasks and consortium management
2. Executive Committee (6 meetings)
3. Project workshops and Consortium meetings (8 meetings)
4. Advisory board (yearly)
5. Reporting

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Dr. James Scott
Project manager
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Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €