15th AESOP Young Academics Conference 2021

15th AESOP Young Academics Conference 2021

Co-PLAN is pleased to co-organize the 15th AESOP Young Academics Conference 2021. The Conference Theme focuses on “Governing the Unknown”. Co-PLAN and POLIS University staff have jointly worked with the AESOP Young Academics Network Coordination Team to prepare the conference. Additionally, Co-PLAN senior staff (Rudina Toto and Anila Gjika) have supported the conference as keynote speakers, track chair and expert clinic. Conference theme: Currently we are going through one of

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Inducing local economic development in underserved areas through the establishment of a Livestock Market and Educational Laboratory for Sustainable Livestock Farming in the Municipality of Lushnje

Inducing local economic development in underserved areas through the establishment of a Livestock Market and Educational Laboratory for Sustainable Livestock Farming in the Municipality of Lushnje

The proposed project set forth by the Municipality of Lushnje in partnership with Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development in response to the Italian-Albanian Debt for Development Swap Agreement (IADSA), has a set overall objective that seeks to support sustainable, local development and promote green economy based on livestock farming and trading activity in the Municipality of Lushnje. In more specific terms, the project aims to: Boost local economic development through

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Governance for Change: Proposals from Civil Society

Governance for Change: Proposals from Civil Society

30 vitet e fundit, Shqipëria ka votuar 17 herë, prej të cilave 9 herë për të zgjedhur qeverinë qendrore dhe 8 herë për të zgjedhur kryetarët e bashkive përmes zgjedhjeve vendore. Prej vitesh, përveç cilësisë së posterave dhe fushatave të sofistikuara elektorale, kandidatët u drejtohen njerëzve/votuesve në mënyrë të njëanshme dhe me premtime në këmbim të votave. Kësisoj, premtimet e parealizuara nga zgjedhjet e mëparshme përsëriten, e ndërkohë një tjetër

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CENTROPE Initiative – Lessons Learned and Inspirations for the Western Balkans

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 150-167 Journal Maroš Finka, Milan Husár, and Matej Jaššo Summary European integration is a long-lasting and multi-layered process with different dynamics in particular parts of Europe. Important parts of these processes are cross-national, territorial cooperation initiatives at the meso-regional level, where several lessons for integration can be found and used for inspiration and transfer of experience. The last decade

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Economic Viability of Alternatives for Lignite-free Electricity Production in North Macedonia: The Case of TTP Oslomej

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 140-149 Journal Vesna Garvanlieva Andonova, Marjan Nikolov Summary The Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) is undergoing a complex process of integration into the European Union (EU) including the alignment of environmental protection policies, which is one of the most challenging and cumbersome sectors. After signing the relevant international agreements and increasing awareness about the damage that fuel (lignite, coal)

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Transboundary Water Management in the Western Balkans: Challenges of the Land-Water Nexus in the Drin River Basin

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 118-139 Journal Francesca Vanelli, Besmira Dyca, Paul Rabé Summary Water basins experience huge pressure from urban growth, tourism, energy, and food demands, exacerbated by the pressing challenges of climate change. The competition for limited resources calls for efforts from riparian countries to define criteria for transboundary water management (TWM) to contribute to resilient environments. This paper explores the efficacy

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Socio-economic Effects of COVID-19 in Bulgaria: A Spatial Analysis

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 96-117 Journal Hristo Dokov, Kalina Milkova, Ivaylo Stamenkov Summary This paper studies the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 in Bulgaria to uncover their multidimensional forms and provide a broad picture and empirical evidence of the inflicted changes. Based on available information and data as of the end of August 2020, the paper aims to uncover the key factors that drive

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Municipal Finances in the COVID-19 Context: The Case of Gazi Baba and Shkodër Municipalities

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 73-95 Journal Merita Toska, Marjan Nikolov, Vesna Garvanlieva Andonova, Sasho Trajkov Summary The COVID-19 pandemic challenged governments of all levels, all around the world, requiring an immediate response. The Governments of Albania and North Macedonia, intervened with support packages aimed at mitigating the negative effects of the health emergency, which soon transformed into a socio-economic crisis. In both neighbouring

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Universities and Socio-cultural Institutions in Highly Uncertain Contexts: Challenges and Opportunities during COVID-19 in three Western Balkan Countries

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, II, 2020, 61-72 Journal Ledio Allkja, Esmerina Hidri Summary The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed serious challenges to the territorial governance of social services across the globe, as well as in the Western Balkans (WB). SARS-CoV-2, being a virus that primarily attacks the respiratory system and spreads through breathing or close contact has required governments to apply strong policies

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