MAPS-LED project will use an iterative concept of the trans- disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to plan S3 for boosting local economic development.


The aim is to development, test and refine this approach in an iterative and continuous fashion.


WP1 sets the stage and provides the frame of reference, from which to develop the conceptual framework to integrate Research and Innovation Strategies, Spatial Planning and Cluster policy.


WP2 and WP3 are performed in sequence and form the core of the cyclic approach, since they are mainly finalized to the case studies analysis for the comparative investigation of the potential of S3 in the EU, and of the potential of Cluster implementation in the US. Each project phase consists of a cycle, both in the WP2 and in the WP3.


At the start of a cycle, the results and conclusions of the previous cycle are incorporated into the working material.


This leads to gradual refinement of the conceptual frame to incorporate spatial factors in S3 plans.


By continuous empirical evaluation sessions, the results remain practically usable, and rooted in the practitioners’ toolkit of the urban planning and local development fields.


The WP4 is performed to build pilot S3 area according with the assessment grid of successful factors developed through the case studies’ analysis.









WP1 concerns the background knowledge to build the conceptual framework for gathering data, information from the case studies areas (Boston and San Diego). It is expected to produce, beyond the current state of the art on the cluster theory, a novel concept of cluster more socially and locally oriented, paving the way to pursue ground- breaking objectives, to be achieved through a rigorous and evidence- based empirical work delivered in WP2 and WP3.


WP2 concerns the creation of an evidence- based and users- oriented framework, based on the selected case studies, with respect to the spatial factors and governance of the cluster approach.


WP3 concerns the development and application of a valuation tool that monetizes the social and environmental value of new clusters identified and described in WP2.


WP4 concerns the interpretation of end-users feedbacks and information and the creation of an enhanced and comparative method, based on the results from WP2 and WP3, that is supposed to be tested in pilot S3 areas purposely selected across the EU.



In terms of ethics, data collection from desk analysis will include open-web data and is not subject to confirmation or compliance with US and EU legislation as foreseen for data transfer to and from USA. Interviews and questionnaires will be conducted in compliance with the Ethical guidelines applicable both in EU and in the hosting institutions and -as under the CLUDs project research methodology- won’t regard personal data nor political opinions.






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