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Re-Place – Reframing non-metropolitan left behind places through 

mobility and alternative development 

(Horizon grant #101094087)

The Re-Place is available at 

The Re-Place project is set to explore the complex issues faced by peripheral non-metropolitan areas, which have been the subject of mixed narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some people see these areas as struggling and left behind, others see them as offering a higher quality of life compared to big cities. Both views point to the complexity in deciphering the role spatial mobilities play in the future of peripheral places traditionally victims of outward migration and a lack of investment in economic and social infrastructure. Re-Place will study the dual function of places as areas of origin and destination focusing on heterogeneous forms of dwelling enmeshed in place. The overall objective is to mobilize participative research in non-metropolitan left-behind areas (LBAs) to examine the impact that spatial (im)mobility has on origin and destination areas and how it can be harnessed to improve local alternative development, cooperative building of human capital, wellbeing and sustainability across contexts. 

Focused on LBA’s throughout six European countries, including Germany, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Spain, the Re-Place project strives:

  1. to develop empirical tools – namely a typology and an online representative population survey- to advance complex understandings of development pathways and mobility; 
  2. to scale down to 12 areas in 6 countries to examine the (im)mobility drivers and movement to and from different types of LBAs assessing ensuing spatial, economic, social, and cultural transformations;
  3. to qualitatively examine perceptions and livelihood practices of (im)mobile residents across life domains to understand micro strategies of dealing with peripherality; 
  4. to co-create place-based policies to enhance mobility benefits and alternative local development through village living labs and the development of a policy toolbox; 
  5. to reframe existing narratives on LBAs to reinforce a sense of place for residents and newcomers using co-production and visual methodologies.

Re-Place will last four years and bring together seven partners from six different EU countries, namely IGOT-UL – Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon in Portugal; UNIBA – Institute of Geography, University of Bamberg in Germany; UNIROMA1 – European, American and Intercultural Studies, Sapienza University of Rome in Italy; UNILV – Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia; ICCV – Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy; ULPGC – Research Institute of Text Analysis and Applications, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain; and SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação in Portugal. 

The project started in March 2023, and is coordinated by IGOT. 

For more information, please contact:

Coordinator: Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa (IGOT-UL), Portugal;

Main contact: Jennifer McGarrigle; e-mail:

Re-Place partner in Romania: Research Institute for Quality of Life (ICCV), Romanian Academy

Main contact: Monica Șerban; e-mail: 

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.