|Original language||American English|
|State||Published - 2007|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We acknowledge the various organizations that have contributed to this program. The SELMA project is funded by the European Community under the Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development FP5 Programme (1998-2002), Key Action 4 City of Tomorrow and Culture Heritage (contract no. EVK4-CT-2002-00102). This project could not have been carried out successfully without the unrestrained energy of all the partners: Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences, Urban and Regional research Centre (The Netherlands), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Geography Faculty of Social Sciences (Israel), Univer-sidad Autonoma de Madrid, Department of Geography, Research Laboratory for Urban and Social Geography (Spain), University G. d’Annunzio – Chieti – Pescara, Dipartimento di Economia e Storia del Territorio (Italy), University of the West of England – Bristol, Faculty of the Built Environment, Cities Research Centre (United Kingdom), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development (Czech Republic), Skov & Land-skap, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Denmark), By-og-Byg, Danish Building and Urban Research, Housing and Urban Research Division (Denmark), and the RIVM-Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (The Netherlands).
The challenges posed by the spatial reorganization of economic activities within European metropolitan areas and their implications for the quality of life inspired the research project sponsored by the European Commission 5th Framework, entitled: Spatial Deconcentration of Economic Land Use and Quality of Life in European Metropolitan Areas (SELMA). The primary goal of SELMA was to design urban planning and management strategies to ensure the maintenance of the quality of life in European metropolitan areas. To this end, three broad activities were defined. The first focused on the identification and analysis of the driving forces and dynamics behind the process of economic land-use deconcentration in metropolitan areas. An analysis of the impacts of these processes on urban quality of life formed the heart of the second activity. Finally, the effectiveness of the public policy response to the challenges of economic land-use deconcentration in various governance systems was assessed. These activities were carried out in 14 metropolitan areas in seven countries: Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, and Israel.