End of project

Dear reader,

The COHSMO project is closing down. The project was originally planned to last from May 2017 to April 2021. However, Covid-19 related lock-downs in most countries delayed or made interviews and contact more difficult and, as a result, the project was prolonged by half a year. Thanks to digitalization, we managed to accomplish the project as intended from the start. A deep thanks to all partners and advisory boards members as well as the many informants and interviewees for their efforts.

Although the project has ended, the results and reports will be available here at the COHSMO website until the end of 2026.

The AAU-team

COHSMO Handbook and story map

You can find here the COHSMO Handbook in which the COHSMO researchers have examined some of the member state policies and initiatives that seem to work towards a vision similar to the EU vision for a territorially cohesive Union. In the handbook, you can read 21 case studies carried out in seven European countries: Austria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom.

You can also read more about the project, in the COHSMO story map, in which the COHSMO-cases are described

COHSMO Summer School (cancelled)

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.


The Summer School aims at addressing theoretical and methodological issues related to “territorial cohesion”, “social investment” and the “European Social model” cross-disciplinary sharing the insights gained with the COHSMO project with young scholars and the wider academic community.

The themes will be discussed with extended references to how we translated concepts into a methodological frame useful for empirical research. What concepts have been used? How did we operationalize the research questions and concepts? How did we solve criticalities along the way in our comparative research?


The Summer School proposes a balanced mix of participants’ presentations, keynotes (academic sessions) and hands-on mentoring sessions (both theoretical and methodological) held by invited experts and COHSMO researchers. Social activities and scientific excursions will be organized as well.


We look for mid-level PhD students carrying out research on the Summer School themes in urban planning, political science, geography, social policy research, sociology and other spatially-sensitive disciplines. Participants will be asked to present their work and will get feedback in mentoring sessions.


Participation will be free and participants have all local costs covered (accommodation plus social dinners – see the detailed programme). Arrival is foreseen on August 23rd and departure on August 28th. Transportation costs to and from Aalborg must be covered by participants.

Application deadline 15 July 2021: candidates should send a cv and a short summary of their research topic (max. 500 words) and a short motivation letter for participation. Successful candidates will be notified by July 21st 2021.

Confirmed keynote experts

Rob Atkinson (University of the West of England), Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight), Giuliano Bonoli (University of Lausanne), Yuri Kazepov (University of Vienna), Carolina Pacchi (Politecnico di Milano), Wirginia Aksztejn (University of Warsaw), Hans Thor Andersen (University of Aalborg), Anja Jørgensen (University of Aalborg).

Send applications and information requests to: cohsmo@polimi.it


 Morning 9.00-12/13.00 (including breaks)Afternoon 14.00-18.00 (including breaks)Evening 19.00-22.00
Day 0 – Monday – August 23   Arrival  Welcome   Social event   Presentation of the Summer school   The COHSMO project   Hans Thor Andersen (University of Aalborg)   Discussion  
Day 1 – Tuesday – August 24  The challenges to the European Social Model (ESM)   Giuliano Bonoli
(University of Lausanne) Carolina Pacchi
(Politecnico di Milano)   Discussion    
  PhD presentations and peer Mentoring (Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Andrea Parma, Ruggero Cefalo)   Final open discussion  Free
Day 2 – Wednesday –  August 25  Analysing Territorial cohesion: conceptual and methodological issues   Rob Atkinson
(University of the West of England) Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight)
  PhD presentations and peer Mentoring (Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Andrea Parma, Ruggero Cefalo)   Final open discussion    Free
Day 3 – Thursday – August 26  Qualitative and Mixed Methods and applications   Wirginia Aksztejn (University of Warsaw) Anja Jørgensen (University of Aalborg)    14.00-16.00 PhD presentations and peer Mentoring (Ruggero Cefalo – Institutional focus)   Final open discussion   16:00-19.00 Social Event – North Sea Excursion    Social dinner
Day 4 – Friday – August 27  Social Investment and the future of the ESM   Yuri Kazepov
(University of Vienna)   PhD presentations and peer Mentoring (Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Andrea Parma, Ruggero Cefalo)   Final open discussion  
  Final Roundtable discussion and Summer School Wrap-up    Social dinner
  Day 5 – Saturday – August 28    Departure  

COHSMO End Conference

Look at the programme here

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 on territorial cohesion and social investment policies. Additionally, Prof. Michael Woods (University of Aberystwyth) will take part in the final panel discussion.

It is an online event. If you wish to take part, please fill in this form.