ABOUT THE PROJECT
The objective of the proposed research is to analyze the development paths of Central Eatern European cities disposing of regional organizing functions, taking into consideration the presence and transformation of the factors constituting the basis of the stock of territorial capital and the innovative milieu, as well as positioning Hungarian regional centers within the framework of the Central Eastern European urban network.
The significance of our research lies in the fact that we desire to establish a complex analytical framework for the examination of territorial capital and the innovative milieu which, besides its methodological novelty, enables the reproduction of the research as well as its extension in space, time and scope. The outcome of the research will be the presentation of a typology of the development models of domestic and Central Eastern European cities.
The research has three main directions. Primarily, it processes, systematizes and evaluates the theoretical background related to the focus areas of the research as well as the methodological specifics of the relevant empirical analyses. The second direction includes the identification of development models of Central Eastern European regional centers, which is based primarily on quantitative socio-economic indicators depicting territorial capital components. The third block constitutes an in-depth analysis covering various aspects of territorial capital which cannot be quantified. This analysis will be carried out on three Hungarian regional centers (focusing on ’soft’ elements of territorial capital and the interactions among them.
The point of origin of our research is the postulate according to which territorial capital can be described as a constellation of socio-economic resources and immaterial capital goods which is unique and is characterized by heterogeneous specifics and emphases in the case of each territorial unit.
On the basis of the above, our hypothesis is that territorial capital can be interpreted in the case of cities through the review and systematization of its components and development models of Central Eastern European cities can be interpreted through the observation of the various emphases and the temporal evolution of these components. The unique innovative milieu determined by the specifics of territorial capital have a varying impact on development. Key research questions can be summarized as follows:
1. How can the notion of territorial capital be interpreted in cities, how can the factors shaping it be analyzed and how can we describe the innovative milieu constructed on its basis?
2. What kind of similarities and model-like disparities can be detected in the structure of the territorial capital stock of Central and Eastern European cities and its temporal changes?
3. How can Hungarian cities be positioned in the regional urban network on the basis of the specifics of territorial capital and development paths?
4. How can the effects of the different constitution of territorial capital elements on discrepancies of development paths be explained?
5. How can we describe and explain the joint role of endogenous and exogenous components in urban development?
6. What types and means of predictions are available regarding urban development paths based on territorial capital?
KEY QUESTIONS OF THE RESEARCH