EXIT – Exploring Sustainable Strategies to Counteract Territorial Inequalities from an Intersectional Approach
The project will provide an in-depth analysis of ‘left-behindness’ and identify strategies to address it.
Grant Agreement Number: 101061122
Funded by: HORIZON Duration: 01/11/2022 – 31/11/2025
In recent years there has been a growing redrawing of social inequalities across Europe. Within the European Union we find regions that, despite overall country level economic growth, are experiencing long-term socioeconomic stagnation or decline. Territorial inequalities cause harm to individuals and households, as lagging regions are characterized by systematically low levels of wellbeing across numerous dimensions.
In trying to identify these structures, certain areas facing territorial inequalities have been characterised as “left-behind places” understood as those that have been bypassed by the economic prosperity from which others have benefited. These refer, mostly, to rural and old industrial areas where life-chances are limited and future growth stagnated, especially in contrast to continuously growing prosperous metropolises.
Little is known, however, about the factors that drive inequality in these areas or, more significantly, about what drives the perceptions of these areas as being ‘left-behind’. Addressing how different axes of inequalities intersect in perceptions and experiences of ‘left-behindness’ is crucial to understand the gap between the development of policies to redress territorial inequalities and their impact on the ground.
The project EXIT aims at providing an in-depth analysis of ‘left-behindness’ as a concept used for characterising territorial inequalities faced by certain areas and, grounded on this, identify strategies to address it. This means not only building knowledge on drivers of inequalities in areas that are characterised as ‘left-behind’, but also on what drives perceptions of these areas as ‘left-behind’.