A wide range of activities will be undertaken by the project to ensure an expansive review of regional resilience throughout Europe. Initially there will be testing of patterns of resilience across the EU as a whole using available indicators, this will also look at the impact of previous economic crises. This will provide a strong guide as to where in the EU impacts have most strongly been felt and whether (and what) particular types of region have been most significantly affected. Following this, an analysis of the components of resilience will be carried out, using data gathered through the historic recession analysis but will look at smaller regions. This stage should identify those regions that appear to be resilient, or to recover efficiently, and explore the factors underpinning this.
Finally, the ideas are developed throughout the project will be explored through the analysis of practice in 8 regions which can be considered some of the more 'extreme' cases of the EU. The case studies will explore the opportunities and limitations and provide a useful way of testing some of the components of resilience that will have been uncovered through earlier data analysis.
The case studies will also provide a valuable opportunity to explore the extent to which regional authorities are capable of providing the development conditions needed to develop a new way of doing things. The case studies will also explore the way in which different regions are trying to recover from the current crisis, including promoting innovation, the green economy and/or providing support to small and medium size businesses.