RECOT European Network

Jan 09 2015


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Lines of Research: 


The RECOT Research Network currently deals with the following theoretical fields:


  • European Territorial Cooperation in its three modalities (Cross-Border, Transnational, Interregional)
  • Special emphasis on Cross-Border Cooperation, Cross-Border Governance Structures and Euroregions
  • Border Studies
  • European integration-related fields


Current Research Project(s): 


TITLE: Territorial Cooperation in Spain and the EU: A selection of guiding experiences for Excellency and Innovation in the 2014-2020 period (COOP-RECOT II)
ACTIVITY: Research Project; Seminar; Conference
COMMISSIONER: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spanish Ministry) – Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia
PERIOD: January 2015 – January 2018
ROLE OF THE NETWORK: Responsible for the project
SUMMARY: The COOP-RECOT-II project aims at the production of a handbook of good practices on Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) inside the European Union. The project  essentially proposes a search for a number of ideal experiences in CBC across Europe, especially for those clearly showing their good practices in governance and those which are associated to a diversity of geographical backgrounds inside the EU. In turn, the results of this task will lead to the production of a handbook of good practices on CBC, which will be both an act of transfer of knowledge to institutions and actors of CBC and an academic tool to be used to widen the theoretical debate around the subject. It will essentially develop around two different stages. In the first one, the group will work over a database of experiences to obtain a wide list of experiences from different geographical and thematic areas. The second stage of the project will focus instead over a deepening analysis of a selection of representative study cases gathered from the database in stage one. The methodology will be based upon the interaction with academics and institutional actors which will have a vast knowledge of the subject, and such contact will take place through both seminars and semi-structured interviews. The combination of the results from both stages will finally guarantee the production of the Handbook of Good Practices for Cross-Border Cooperation to be released to the actors of CBC in Spain and in the European area.


Recently Concluded Research Project(s): 


TITLE: The Transformations of Cross-Border Governance: North America and Europe in Comparative Perspective
ACTIVITY: Research Project
COMMISSIONER: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)  [Canada]
PERIOD:  2011 – 2014
ROLE OF THE CENTER: Responsible for the EU Section of the Project (together with RECOT)
SUMMARY: Inside this project, several empirical case studies will be examined in North America and Europe. In addition to an exploration of the complexity of cross-border regions and socio-political processes (for instance their distinctive socio-historical features and specific daily social practices), this research will be supported by the use of the comparative method and allow hypothesis-testing. This project will also be useful to understand how cross-border governance is reshaped to reflect power redistribution among social actors within cross-border governance structure, along with external factors that challenge the governance status quo. Also, this research will be helpful to examine how specific cross-border governance arrangements contribute to determine the design, implementation and evaluation of cross-border public policies.

TITLE: Territorial Cooperation in Spain and the EU: Comparing institutional capacities for the governance of cross-border areas
ACTIVITY: Research Project
COMMISSIONER: Department of I+R+D of the Spanish Government (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad)
PERIOD: 2009 – 2012
ROLE OF THE CENTER: Responsible of the Project (Together with RECOT)
SUMMARY:By comparing different Euroregional scenarios at the Spanish and the European level, we will explore the mechanisms that may explain the success (or the failure) of different models of territorial co-operation. Following mainstream literature in social sciences, we will consider as the main explicative variables: the differences in institutional performances and strenghts; differences in administrative capacity and structure; political, institutional and socio-economic factors; lack/presence of historical and cultural linkanges; extent of stakeholders and civil society’s participation. Drawing on the theoretical concept of “institutional capacity-building”, the project will assess on empirical basis the pre-requisites allowing for an effective governance of territorial co-operation.


Other Projects (2010 backwards)

(Also involving collaborations with Prof. Morata’s previous groups EUGov and MERITER)


  • II Conferència Econòmica de la Mediterrània nordoccidental. Morata, F in the Organising committee. Barcelona, Spain. 06/06/2011
  • L’Euroregio Pirineus/Mediterrania: Percepcions, Expectativas i Xarxes d’Actors. Morata Tierra, Francesc. Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics 2005-2005
  • “Xarxa de ciutats i innovació tecnològica a l’Arc Mediterrani Nord-Occidental”. Entitat finançadora: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    Investigadors participants: Enric Mendizábal (responsable), Antoni Durà i Xavier Oliveras 2007-2008
  • “El potencial comercial de la xarxa de ciutats de l’Euroregió Pirineus Mediterrània”. Entitat finançadora:Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Presidència. Investigadors participants: Antoni Durà (responsable), Xavier Oliveras i Carlos Haas