SPUDS – Support to Process of Urban Development in Serbia

IAUS received a SCOPES «Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland» (SNSF – SDC) funding to extend its research in cooperation with Switzerland through a 3-year institutional partnership with Swiss Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

The Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV), in collaboration with the Institute for Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS), has received funding from SCOPES 2013-2016 Institutional Partnership programme regarding the research project “SPUDS – Support to Process of Urban Development in Serbia”.

The research coordinator and the main applicant is Prof. Dr Jean-Claude Bolay, director of CODEV, supported by PhD Tamara Maricic, co-coordinator and the leader of IAUS team.

IAUS team includes: Dr Tamara Maričić, research fellow (coordinator of project and IAUS team), Dr Slavka Zeković, scientific adviser (coordination of the research activities), Dr Miodrag Vujošević, scientific adviser (coordination of the research activities), Tanja Bajić, research associate (administration, organization of events), Jelena Živanović Miljković, research associate (communication, organization of events) and Božidar Manić, research associate (administration, organization of events).
The aims of the SPUDS project are: support a gradual building of a new heuristic approach to urban issues in the post-socialist transition context in Serbia; empowerment of scientific community dealing in topics urban development, governance, urban management, urban planning methods and instruments, stakeholders and NGO; exchange and transfer knowledge - support to institutional and individual research capacities related to urban development in the post-socialist society, and research equipment for IAUS (IT infrastructure and equipment, books).

Collaboration IAUS and EPFL will focus on: knowledge transfer (urban planning methods, instruments and tools) based on sustainable and resilient urban development, in accord to post-socialist reforms and changes; urban planning governance; defining major criteria for legal constrains in urban planning and strategic projects; exchange of experiences on new governance model, arrangements and mechanisms for addressing: politically and economically motivated decision-making, weak rule of law, weak evaluation system of plans, policies and projects, insufficient institutional regulation, and illegal and irregular land-use and building; knowledge transfer on increasing public participation and transparency in urban decision making and institutional regulation; establishment and promotion of online database for efficient urban plans implementation and governance, creating the long-term partnership between IAUS and EPFL, as well as to support networking of urban planners from Serbia and Switzerland.

Activities are structuralized in: four Milestones, four Work packages, two Field works, two Follow-up activities, and four Service packs, as well as dissemination of results.

Within the period of three years (2015-2018), this collaboration will address: urban planning methods and instruments for urban research in a post-socialist transition context; public participation and transparency in decision making, tracing power relations in the real estate market, identifying legal constraints when dealing with the lack of social impact assessment and maladjustment of urban and strategic projects. While revolving around the exchange and transfer of knowledge and experience, reached results of scientific work will be officially present through: (1) publication(s), study visits, workshops, trainings, round table, conferences (2) booklet of recommendations, and (3) an online database.

This partnership programme is based on the systematization of ongoing urban issues in Serbia, performed within the PhD research of Marija Cvetinovic, doctoral assistant at CODEV. In this respect, all planned activities are categorized in thematic entities in terms of urban planning methodologies, public participation, decision making, and urban governance.