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Breaking the vicious cycle? Depopulation and provision of public services

Tuesday, 24 January 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 CET

Es wird eine Simultanübersetzung Englisch-Deutsch angeboten.



14:00 - 14:05 Welcoming by Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

  • Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary
  • Öndercan Muti, Project coordinator

14:05 - 14:15 Framing the event & Live poll 

14:15 - 15:15 Panels in 2 rooms

  • Panel I: Place-based solutions: Boosting administrative collaboration at the local level
  • Panel II: Digital tools: An instrument to improve the quality of life in shrinking regions?

15:15 - 15:30 Wrap up of breakout rooms

15:30 - 15:35 Live poll 

15:35 - 15:55 Plenary discussion

15:55 - 16:00 Meeting closure and next steps 


Expert Participants

Panel I

Céline Dacy, Project Manager, ADRETS - Association pour le Développement en Réseau des Territoires et des Services

Javier Sancho Royo, Lead Project Manager, SARGA - Sociedad Aragonesa de Gestión Agroambiental S.L.U.

Mario Hesse, Research Fellow and Deputy Managing Director of the Competence Centre for Municipal Infrastructure Saxony, University of Leipzig

Serafin Pazos-Vidal, Senior Expert on Rural and Territorial DevelopmentAEIDL - European Association for Innovation in Local Development

Discussant: Louise SkoogPost Doctoral Researcher in Political ScienceUmeå University

Panel II

Johanna Jokinen, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio

Jonathan Hopkins, Research Scientist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department, The James Hutton Institute   

Klaus Niederlander, Former Director, Active & Assisted Living (AAL) Programme

Matthias Berg, Project Manager / Digital Villages Platform, Fraunhofer IESE

Discussant: Lauren Mason, Policy and Advocacy Manager on Youth Participation & Digitalisation, European Youth Forum



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The project “Regional population diversity and social cohesion in local contexts” is funded by Stiftung Mercator.