TiREG’s research concentrates on the challenges associated with the seemingly conflicting processes of globalization and Europeanization, on the one hand, and decentralization and regionalization, on the other.
Emphasis is placed on innovative interactions between government, businesses, citizens and knowledge institutions that emerge in response to such transformative challenges.
The region, in its various sizes and shapes, increasingly seems to serve as a focal point of these transformations and innovations - economically, ecologically, culturally, as well as administratively and politically.
This raises a host of exploratory, explanatory and evaluative questions:
- What do these innovative interactions look like? How are they characterized? What differences exist between regions in, for instance, the Netherlands and abroad? Or within a region, between the various problem areas?
- How can we explain what the interactions that develop in response to societal challenges look like? How can differences in the design of new forms of governance be understood?
- How effective are novel interactions? How do we actually know they are effective? In what ways can societal effects and impacts be measured? How legitimate are novel interactions? In what ways can responsibility and accountability be organized?
To answer these questions, novel scientific knowledge is required. Not only to better understand the regional responses to real-world challenges, but also to help improve these responses so as to make governance (more) effective as well as (more) legitimate.