COHSMO – Inequality, Urbanization and Territorial Cohesion: Developing the European Social Model of Economic Growth and Democratic Capacity

Inequality is rising across Europe; manifesting itself as socioeconomic differences between neighbourhoods, between cities and regions. This makes it pertinent to investigate the multiple ways in which location matters – not only in terms of life chances for the individual, but also in terms of the systematic way that topological differences map onto social differences characterizing variations in collective conditions of social and material well-being, as well as health inequalities.

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COHSMO Summer School

Territorial Cohesion and Social Investment: what challenges for the European Social Model? We are happy to announce the COHSMO Summer School 2021 on: “Territorial Cohesion and Social Investment: what challenges for the European Social Model?” to be held in Aalborg (Denmark) from the 24th to the 27th of August 2021. Aim The Summer School aims …

COHSMO End Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to our closing Conference on June 9, where we will present and discuss the most important results of the COHSMO project. The program of the conference includes two external speakers, Prof. Simin Davoudi (University of Newcastle) and Prof. Maurizio Ferrera (University of Milan) who will give lectures …


COHSMO is a comparative research project combining quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, while integrating local contexts. The goal is to understand the interplay between strategies, growth and local circumstances.

In seven EU countries, the COHSMO teams analyze and compare the impact of regional conditions on social, political and economic development.

COHSMO is the acronym for this trans-European research project on Inequality, urbanization and territorial COHesion: Developing the European Social MOdel of economic growth and democratic capacity launched on May 1st 2017. The project recieves financial support from the EU Comission for a four year period from 2017—2021. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme.

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Project Management & Coordination
Aalborg University, Aalborg, Department of Sociology and Danish Building Research Institute, Denmark

Anja Jørgensen, Research Coordinator
+45 9940 813

Dr. Hans Thor Andersen, Project Coordinator
+45 9940 2271

Flora Champetier, Project Manager
+45 9940 3495

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The COHSMO project contributes on several levels and matters. Based on our research, we provide

  • Recommendations on sustainable economic growth, as well as spatial and democratic development to policy-makers and authorities at local, regional, national and international level.
  • Scientific and professional communities with comparative knowledge of the links between urbanization, demographic change and territorial inequalities, as well as a conceptual further development of the European Social Model.
  • Citizens and citizen organizations with improved participation in planning and implementation of political strategies to increase the quality of life of citizens
  • The opportunity for experts from businesses, science and public institutions to share their experience and knowledge with the project, as well as national and European committees.

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