16 March 2016
Eusko Ikaskuntza seeks to develop a new shared conceptualisation of territoriality, a process in which Orkestra also participates. On March 5, senior researcher Miren Larrea gave a talk on the socio-economic dimension of the territory, in the seminar "Territoriality and conceptualisation", organised by Eusko Ikaskuntza. The seminar represented the first step in the project “White Paper on the Territory/Territories of Euskal Herria”, a project that will be developed until 2018.
Upon the basis of the experience of Zubigintza-Action Research Laboratory of Gipuzkoa Sarean, Larrea spoke of the importance of territorial development in en Gipuzkoa Sarean. In this project, the territory is understood as the full set of actors and territorial development, as a result, depends upon the motivation and participation of the territory’s actors. The seminar also analysed two further dimensions of the territory, the legal-political-institutional dimension and the symbolic dimension. Following combined analysis of the three dimensions, the most relevant concepts were identified and new ideas obtained.
Orkestra fulfils, by participating in this seminar, its commitment to the territory, promoting lines of collaboration with other institutions and working to experiment with new formulae to share the findings of its research. The Basque Institute of Competitiveness has been working almost since its inception with the methodology of action research for territorial development, supported by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and in cooperation with local development agencies. It is making a significant effort to share the results of studies undertaken to date.
In the Eusko Ikaskuntza Project two results are contemplated: on the one hand, 2016 will see work on “The green paper on the territory/territories of Euskal Herria”, on the basis of the current socio-political structure; on the other hand, in 2017 “The white paper on the territory/territories of Euskal Herria" will be published, a proposal of solutions and future decisions identifying the possibilities for new models of governance. The conceptualisation developed in the March 5 seminar reflects the current socio-political structure, which will be included in the green paper, and the key axes of the proposals of the next phase, which will be reflected in the white paper.