III 47014

Project name: The role and implementation of the national spatial plan and regional development documents in renewal of strategic research, thinking and governance in Serbia

Project number: III 47014

Contracting period: 01/01/2011 – 31/12/2014

Project leader: Jasna Petrić, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, IAUS

Participating institutions:

• Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS)
• Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade
• Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
• University Singidunum in Belgrade
• Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade.

Number of researchers: 27
Number of foreign researchers: 1
Number of external associates: 1
Number of scholars: 1

Goal and description of the Project:

The Project comprises of 4 subprojects:
  • Subproject 1: „Renewal of strategic research, thinking and governance (SRTG) in Serbia and the utilization of its territorial capital”, whose leader is Miodrag Vujošević, Scientific Adviser, IAUS
  • Subproject 2: „New economic and social instruments for the implementation of the Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia (SPRS): the aspects of harmonizing various interests and control of conflicts, and accessibility of infrastructure and services“, whose leaders are: Miroljub Hadžić, Full Professor, Univeristy Singidunum in Belgrade, and Slavka Zeković, Scientific Adviser, IAUS
  • Subproject 3: „Strategic governance at various regional levels“, whose leader is Jasna Petrić, Senior Research Fellow, IAUS
  • Subproject 4: „Information support to the implementation of the Spatial Plan of the Republic of Serbia (SPRS) and strategic decision-making“, whose leader is Branislav Bajat, Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
Project Description:

The research will be undertaken at three levels, viz.:

  • General theoretical and methodological (general theoretical and methodological framework)
  • Developmental (analysis of developmental and contextual factors and their respective roles and impact in defining a new model of strategic thinking, research and governance - SRTG)
  • Applicative (defining policies, encompassing development measures and instruments, and new institutional and organizational arrangements and support)

Priorities in the analysis of contextual factors comprise:
  • Assessments of the applicability of the new generation of European and macro regional initiatives, schemes, documents and research in Serbia, in the first place the previous ESPON 2003-2006 and the current ESPON 2007-2013. In terms of development documents proper, research will focus on the attempts to balance ‘three pillars’ of European policies, i.e. economic, social and territorial cohesion.
  • The impact of a prolonged global and domestic crisis on the implementation of national strategic documents and the renewal of SRTG will predictably be of particular relevance should Serbia happen to continue along the path of ‘Europeanization outside the EU and with its limited support’.

Expected key results:
  • Getting sound insights into the workings of spatial processes (a continuation of the former/existing research)
  • Assessment of the “territorial capital” of Serbia, (via a combined evaluation, by using SEA, TIA, SCBA and SWOT analyses)
  • Defining a development model providing for best protection and utilization of the territorial capital of Serbia in the international political, economic and cultural competition
  • Appraisal of the correspondence of spatial development patterns in Serbia, and the provisions of the new generation of strategic European documents (1), assessment of the impact of European policies on the territorial cohesion of Serbian territory (2) and defining the concepts which are relevant for the “Europeanization of Serbia outside the EU and with its limited support”
  • Insights and assessment of the contextual parameters which will predictably carry key impact on the renewal of strategic thinking, research and governance in Serbia
  • Developing a heuristic framework for a new strategic planning/policy of spatial and regional development in Serbia
  • More detailed scenarios for alternative adjustments of the strategic planning and governance under the circumstances of a prolonged domestic and international crisis, and defining and a preliminary assessment of development options
  • Rules for harmonizing public policy interventions in realizing territorial cohesion and competitiveness
  • Rules of planning policy for the periphery of Serbian towns, cities, and regions, and for improving their competitiveness
  • Defining and evaluation of predictable development of urban matrices (theoretical and implementation aspects, software and pilot application)
  • Rules for harmonizing sectoral, master and other development plans with spatial and urban plans
  • Alternative modes of the implementation of the national spatial plan for the first 5 year period (including subsuming institutional and organizational adjustments, and harmonization with other development plans/policies)
  • Instrument for the harmonization of spatio-ecological and other development documents in the macro control of territorial development
  • Renewal of spatial thinking, research and governance in Serbia: priorities of institutional and organization adjustments
  • Information support for the implementation of the national spatial plan (including systems of indicators for monitoring and ex post evaluation at the sub-national governance levels
  • Harmonization of formalized and non-formalized development planning/policy procedures
  • Principles, criteria and rules for a better involvement of the public at large in decision making and taking
  • A proposal for a selective elaboration of the already adopted development documents vis-à-vis the key provisions of the national spatial plan, and mutual harmonization of spatial, economic and social cohesion
  • Concept of joining the ESPON (elements for a national platform)
  • New priority research