The CLUDs project, financed within 7FP Marie Curie IRSES program 2010, aimed at identifying which factors can play determinant roles in performing urban regeneration initiatives and which values can influence their success from an integrated perspective, according to sustainable development principles.


In particular, the research intended to demonstrate how the enhancement of local commercial activities (for example, handcrafts and food) performs urban regeneration initiatives towards the reinforcement of local economy, as a way of securing more sustainable urban-rural policy arenas.


Starting from the area-based approach featuring urban regeneration initiatives, the research has connected the logic of urban districts and community area to the logic of the urban-rural network.The urban area subject to regeneration process is related to local small-retail associations occurred on typical local production.


The theoretical starting point is that the development of a socio-economic territorial network can be a possible driver for sustainable urban regeneration, by involving producers and sellers in a targeted urban-rural area, in order to maximize benefits for both in an urban marketing perspective.


Starting from an institutional theory perspective, the research aimed to operationalize the territorial milieu concept, by including it in current urban management tools, and to turn it into an additional asset to further increase sustainability for the competitive urban platform.


The intent is to use new urban management tools able to produce competitive returns supported by social, environmental and economic sustainable actions. In order to reach this objective, it is important to classify urban areas by considered the integration as a basic requirement for the implantation of new urban management tool.


The rationale of CLUD as new urban integrated management tool establishes its principles by rethinking to the Cluster Analysis and its current role to make urban plans and projects.

As matter of fact, the urban clustering, Cluster development (or cluster initiative or Economic Clustering) is the economic development of business clusters.


The CLUDs project aims to strengthen the international research network in the field of urban regeneration, sustainability, public- private participation in the operations of urban transformation and revitalization of smaller towns.

In particular, through the exchange of researchers between European and American universities, it intends to experiment, as part of urban management of innovative programs, a technology transfer model assumes that demand oriented diversified modes of interception of the demand for innovation from local stakeholders.



CLUDs – Commercial Local Urban Districts



7th European Research Framework – Marie Curie IRSES Action



 € 638.400,00



Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua






Urban Regeneration / Rigenerazione Urbana

Local Economic Development / Sviluppo Economico Locale

Public Private Partnership Urban Rural Link Community Involvement


International Network:

University of Salford School of the Built Environment / SOBE


AaltoKorkeakoulusaationYtk Land and Use Planning and Use Studies Group / AALTO


Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma Centro di Ricerca sulla Valorizzazione e gestione dei centri storici minori / Fo.Cu.S.


Northeastern University of Boston Department of Economics

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs / NEUSUP


School of Public Affairs / SDSU


Role of the CLUDs LAb:







Università degli Studi "MEDITERRANEA"

CLUDs Lab  -  Community Local Urban Development Laboratory  -  Universita' degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria  -  Dipartimento Patrimonio Architettonico e Urbanistico

Via Salita Melissari, Feo di Vito  -  89124 Reggio Calabria IT  -  tel. (+39) 0965 385201   fax. (+39) 0965 385219