RECOT European Network

Jan 09 2015


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Since its consolidation in 2007, RECOT has been gathering practical experience in topics related to European Territorial Cooperation (with a special focus on Cross-Border Cooperation) for over a decade. Beyond the two main universities composing it (UAB Barcelona, UVigo), the network also involves collaborators coming from the University of the Basque Country (UPV) and the University of Girona (UdG) in Spain, as well as several researchers proceeding from different European universities (such as Portugal, France, UK, Slovenia or Italy). Over the years, the network has proved to be very useful in terms of developing projects, exchanging information, facilitate academic and institutional contacts, organise and participate in international events and ultimately generate several scientific publications both at international and local level.


The  information provided in this section constitutes a summary of a larger Book Chapter in Spanish introduced in a publication in memoriam of RECOT’s  founder Francesc Morata Tierra:



Colomb, C. y Durà, A. (2017) “El legado de Francesc Morata en el estudio de la cooperación territorial en la Península Ibérica y en la UE: la Red Europea de Cooperación Territorial (RECOT)” in Cancela C., Durà A. y Noferini A. (eds.) Europa, Políticas Públicas y Gobernanza. Las Ideas y las Redes de un Académico Europeista: en recuerdo de Francesc Morata. Santiago de Compostela. Andavira Editora.


Some Key-Events in the History of RECOT:


  • 2005: Prof. Francesc Morata is tasked with the execution of the first research project on CBC and Euroregions: “The Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion: perceptions, expectations and stakeholders’ networks” (Funded by the Institut d’Estudis Autonomics of Catalunya). Accordingly, the organisation of a thematic seminar on the outcomes of the project  would gather for the first time multiple researchers interested in the topic.
  • 2007: A new seminar is organised in Allariz (Galicia), where Prof. Morata leads the constitution of the new Researchers’ Network. Despite the variation in its constituting members, there is already the consolidation of the main universities participating in the initiative (UAB, UVigo and in a lesser measure UPV).
  • 2008-2010: the RECOT Network leads an intense activity participating in multiple academic activities and institutional events in Spain and in Europe, accumulating international collaborators from other European universities.
  • 2008-2011: RECOT obtains the first national research project funded by the Spanish Ministry, COOP-RECOT: “Territorial Co-Operation in Spain and in the EU: Comparing Institutional Capacities for the Governance of Cross-Border Areas”.
  • 2011: RECOT is involved in the organisation of the II CEMNO conference (Economic Conference of the North-West Mediterranean)
  • 2012-2017: RECOT is is also incorporated in the international research project BorderGov (“The transformations of Cross-Border Governance: North America and Europe in Comparative Perspective”) funded by the Canadian SSHRC agency.
  • 2014: Prof. Morata can no longer lead the RECOT Network due to illness to which he will succumb the same year. The Research Team will build a renewed resolve to keep working together around the solidly established line of research. The coordination of the Network is invested in Prof. Antoni Durà (being one of the main founders and proceeding from the Geography Department at UAB)
  • 2014-2017: The RECOT Network is granted a second national research project, COOP-RECOT II: “Territorial Cooperation in Spain and the EU: A selection of guiding experiences for Excellency and Innovation in the 2014-2020 period“.
  • 2015-2017: Beyond the research project activities, the Network continues to expand its influence through participating to numerous congresses and conferences. It enlarges its scale by opening up for new collaboration with European entities such as the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
  • 2016: RECOT celebrates the legacy of Prof. Morata through the publication of a dedicated book officially presented at the European Commission representation offices in Barcelona (02/12/17).
  • 2017: RECOT’s 10th Birthday!