Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 6: Éupolis Lombardia: practising research–policy dialogue for a regional government

Sabrina Bandera and Maria Chiara Cattaneo


Éupolis Lombardia provides policy advice to the Regional Government and Assembly of the Region of Lombardy (Italy). It is a boundary organisation, a hybrid in which policy advice and scientific activities are contained. Managing such a hybrid organisation is a tough challenge. The integration of functions (research, statistics and training) is the focus chosen to achieve Éupolis Lombardia’s aim of performing a ‘research for policy’ function. This chapter presents and analyses some of the most successful activities and outputs carried out by Éupolis Lombardia to supply policymakers with information at the various stages of the policymaking process.

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