Evaluating integrated sustainable urban development strategies: a methodological framework applied in Portugal

Eduardo Medeiros, Arno Van Der Zwet

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This paper debates the evolution and importance of the urban dimension of EU policies and namely EU Cohesion Policy in the past three decades. In brief, it discusses the growing relevance for supporting a Urban Agenda for the EU, and the gradual adoption and implementation of Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategies (ISUDS), by pointing out their advantages vis-à-vis mainstream sectoral-focused policy strategies. In this light, it proposes an evaluation framework to assess and compare ISUDS across Europe. Based on the Portuguese case-study this analysis argues that despite their limited impacts, EU financed urban programmes (URBAN, POLIS, SUDS) contributed positively to promoting a policy integrated approach, and to enhance the urban physical and social environment of several urban deprived neighbourhoods. More concretely, the initial results from the recent implementation of the 103 Sustainable Urban Development Strategies reveal a gradual adoption by the urban/local authorities of more holistic and integrated urban development policy approaches to increasing policy effectiveness and efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Early online date15 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Apr 2019

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Keywords

  • Urban dimension
  • EU Cohesion Policy
  • Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategies
  • URBAN community initiative
  • POLIS

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