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What are our ‘Working Groups’ doing

Working Group 01 - Glossary and Taxonomy

A comparative perspective on the New Working Spaces phenomenon in the partner countries

Collection of the state of the art about new working spaces in Europe and outside.

WG1 activities include the definition of the phenomenon; the identification of new working spaces typologies, and understanding of their geographical distribution and location patterns with a specific focus on peripheral areas.

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The first aim of this COST Action is to develop a European comparative perspective on the phenomenon of new working spaces (definition, development, glossary, taxonomy, location determinants).

This first phase will allow to:

  • identify the typologies (i.e. Taxonomy) of such emerging workplaces
  • reveal their spatial distribution and explain their location patterns.

This analysis includes collaborative and creative working spaces (coworking spaces and smart work centres); makerspaces and other technical spaces (fablabs, open workshops); other new working spaces (hackerspaces, Living Lab and corporate labs); and informal new working spaces (coffee shops and libraries).

Considering the different disciplinary perspectives of the partners, comparing the state of the art of research carried out by the participants involved in the network will help to develop a database and mapping a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.

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Working Group 02 - ATLAS

A European comparative perspective on the New Working Spaces best practices

WG2 develops a collection (an “Atlas”) of best practices about new working spaces concerning the effects on the new working spaces and workers performance (direct effects), and the urban socio-economic environment (indirect effects).

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Through the comparison and dissemination of the first results of these international research activities, the Action aims to reach its second objective, namely to identify the best practices (Atlas) about new working spaces concerning their effects on organizations and individual workers performance (direct effects), and the urban environment (indirect effects).

It will be structured identifying, measuring and evaluating the direct and indirect effects of these new working spaces (Atlas) in order to understand whether and how they have promoted – with or without the help of public subsidies and planning measures:

  • regional competitiveness, economic performance and resilience;
  • entrepreneurial milieu;
  • knowledge creation within regional innovation system, retaining knowledge workers and the creative class;
  • social inclusion and spatial regeneration of peripheral areas.

For instance, the positive and negative effects of new working spaces on the urban environment (i.e. urban regeneration and social cohesion vs. the reinforcement of gentrification processes) makes the discussion of their relationship with politics very impelling, questioning the urgency of tailored and situated policies.

This objective concerns the development of a methodology able to collect the several impacts of new working spaces on the urban area, and specifically on the peripheral ones.

More on the activities of WG2 in our podcast:

Working Group 03 - Tool Box

A comparative assessment of New Working Spaces practices in order to provide recommendations with particular attention to peripheral areas

WG3 entails the analysis of the policy tools that have been implemented at national, regional and local levels, and their effects on new working spaces.

This knowledge will allow to develop a tool box of strenghts and weaknesses related to the activation and non-activation of policy tools.

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The third aim of this COST Action is to collect, discuss and develop guidelines for tailored policy and planning measures (Tool Box) to foster the positive effects of new workplaces through the promotion of agreements and cooperation with local, regional and/or national public administrations/stakeholders, as well as to try to mitigate their negative effects on the neighborhoods (i.e. gentrification, parking shortages, noise, or increasing real estate prices).

This common European framework for promoting new working spaces with particular attention to peripheral areas will help to evaluate conditions for transferability of policy and planning tools and mechanisms and provide recommendations for policy-makers and professional operators.

Additional info is available in our podcast:

Working Group 04 - Dissemination and Communication

WG4 focuses on the Dissemination and Communication of the main achievements of CA18214 ‘NeWSp’ with different audiences. From scientific communities through international publications in journals, special issues, scientific books, conferences, roundtables and special sessions to policymakers and practitioners through events and multimedia channels (e.g., podcast, youtube videos, newsletters).

Members work together with the Science Communication Manager and Horizontal Activities Coordinator.