E-Cubed Consultants collaborated with a number of international partners
on the ESPON Geospecs project. The specific contribution of E-Cubed
Consultants consisted of the following elements:

– overall responsibility for the Islands Geographic Specificity within
the project, entailing the preparation of statistical analysis, reports,
case studies and policy papers relevant at the EU, national and regional
levels, covering islands in the ESPON region;

– overall responsibility for the Residential Attractiveness theme,
entailing primarily a review of literature and policy implications
associated with this theme and applied across the entire set of
geographic specificities encompassed in the project;

– contribution to the overall effort of the project towards the
compilation of demographic, economic, social and environmental data at
LAU2 level for specific ESPON regions, to be used by the partners within
the project, and which itself constitutes an innovation in terms of the
granularity of the data set.

In the course of its activities, E-Cubed Consultants prepared reports
and gave presentations to partners within the project itself and to
outside stakeholders, especially in the process of obtaining feedback on
the results of the work done. Among the major results achieved by
E-Cubed are the development of the notion of islandness as a variable
subject to a spectrum of determining factors, the identification of the
potential role of  islands towards the EU2020 objectives, and a
reassessment of the special needs of EU islands from the perspective of
a top-down bottom-up approach to regional policy aimed at building
resilience through a participatory approach.

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