01.04.2022

Call for Papers: Cross-Border Cooperation in Crisis - Workshop at Andrassy University Budapest

The cross-border cooperation (CBC) has been flourishing in Europe since the establishment of INTERREG in 1990. After 30 years, the Corona pandemic has been the first true testing for the established cross-border cooperation. It reveals how fragile the cross-border cooperation in Europe actually is. 

The closing of borders challenged every form of cross-border cooperation, be it loose-knit networks or formalized legal entities like European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). Actors involved in CBC had to adapt to a fundamentally novel situation and to find innovative ways to maintain the cooperation, if possible. 

While regional innovation systems are the focus of regional economic development, questions arise on their contribution to cross-border cooperation in times of crisis. Did regions with well-established cross-border networks benefit from stronger regional innovation systems? How did regions with rather weak cross-border innovation linkages cope with the challenges? Did the crisis boost their strengths and result in novel approaches? On the other hand, quite to the contrary, did it further weaken the already fragile cooperation across borders? What resources are the most relevant and had been experienced to be most scarce? Are there strategies in the follow-up to learn from these experiences?

Following these arising qustions, the workshop committee invites scholars as well as practitioners to submit papers for a Workshop on 

Cross-Border Cooperation in Crisis: to what extent does the institutionalized CBC contribute to resilience and innovation of the border regions?

held on 20-22 October 2022 at Andrassy University Budapest, Hungary.

Submission of extended abstract: May 15, 2022 (500 words per paper)

Complete Call for Papers (PDF)