Enhancing networking activities in the smart and resilient urban and regional development using data analytics and optimization tools in a data-rich environment.
UR-DATA stands for “Twinning for Excellence in Smart and Resilient Urban Development: Advanced Data Analytics Approach”.
The purpose is to transfer knowledge, experience, and best practices of the EU universities, to increase research excellence in the analysis of smart and sustainable performance of cities.
The project aims to significantly strengthen the research capacity and scientific excellence at the Faculty of Economics, University of Niš (FEUN) by enhancing networking activities with Poliedra - Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIEDRA) and Oslo Metropolitan University (OSLOMET) in the field of smart and resilient urban and regional development using state-of-the-art data analytics and optimization tools in a data-rich environment.
This is to be achieved through the following objectives:
- Enhancing the scientific capacity of FEUN by establishing a Laboratory of Land Economy and Urban Analytics (LEUA) at FEUN, where the researchers from POLIEDRA and OsloMet will perform training activities, transfer knowledge and best practices, conduct workshops and seminars aimed to include early-stage researchers and FEUN staff.
- Raising the research profile of FEUN staff through strengthening research experience and collaborative research and joint papers with researchers from leading European universities.
- Creating a long-term scientific strategy of FEUN for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence in the field of smart and resilient urban development analysis using contemporary quantitative tools of data analytics.
- Enhancing career prospects for early-stage researchers, through short-term exchanges, workshops, seminars, and summer schools, with renowned researchers in the field.
- Strengthening administrative and project management skills of staff at FEUN, by establishing Project Management unit to deal exclusively with the preparation of project proposals, administration, and financial management of projects.
The project addresses the specific challenge of enhancing networking activities between a research institution from the widening country and two internationally leading European counterparts.
By strengthening the research management and administrative skills of the coordination institution from the WB country, the project will help raise its research profile.
Scientific Advisory Board
- Alexis Tsoukias, Université de Dauphine, Paris, France
- Jason Papathanasiou, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Pavel Petrović, Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Serbia; Fiscal Council of Republic of Serbia
- Peter Nijkamp, Open University Heerlen, The Netherlands
- Carlo Sessa, Research Institute ISINNOVA, Rome, Italy