In 2012, The Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria has launched the first cycle of the International Doctorate Program in "Urban Regeneration and Economic Development" (URED).

URED is an international and interdisciplinary PhD program based on a high training agenda focused on new approaches in delivering and implementing integrated urban policy and local economic development strategies.


The URED is an initiative promoted by the international research network, which was established from 2011 to 2014 within the CLUDs research project under the Seventh Framework Program Marie Curie IRSES 2010 and funded by European Social Fund Calabria Region Operational Program.


The Network has been confirmed within the new research International project MAPS-LED (Multidisciplinary Approach To Plan Smart Specialisation Strategies For Local Economic Development) HORIZON 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE, for the period 2015-2019. The URED program is built on the two objectives firstly shared by the CLUDs and currently by MAPS-LED project,

1. Improving innovation and knowledge economy in the field of urban regeneration process by introducing new financial urban management tools and

2. Strengthening research partnerships through Mobility of researchers by focusing on activities related to the research project, the URED extends the topics towards a stronger linkage between urban regeneration and local economic development.

Cluds triggered a process of integration of the European Research Funds by the Structural Funds of the European Cohesion Policy by creating the “PRInteR” project (the Project for the Strengthening of the International Network) on the themes of urban regeneration and rural development through linked activities that enrich the CLUDs project and support the network already existing.


The project aims at strengthening the University of Reggio Calabria role within the international academic arena as center of international excellence on the topics of urban regeneration, of the public-private partnerships, and the urban- rural connections.


The International Ph.D. "Urban regeneration and Economic development”is one of the main activities of PRInteR. A qualified training activity is provided on the economic, social and environmental feasibility of  regeneration initiatives in accordance with the approach of Community led and local based. The first cycle began in the academic year 2012-13 and it still in progress.



PRInteR (Project for the strengthening of the international network on the theme of urban regeneration related to rural development

Progetto per il potenziamento della rete internazionale sulla tematica della rigenerazione urbana connessa allo sviluppo rurale”)



ESF - CALABRIA REGION OP 2007-2013– Axis 5



€ 1.233.667,32


Scientific Coordinator:

Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua






International Doctorate Program in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development (URED)

6 Research Fellowships



Public Private Partnership / Community Planning / Community led approach / Urban Rural Link / Economic Local Development / Transit Oriented Development


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