Shrink Smart - The Governance of Shrinkage

Case studies

The project builds on a case-study approach in which seven shrinking city-regions across Europe are compared. These include:

Leipzig / Halle (Germany)
Liverpool (Great Britain)
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
the Upper Silesian Industrial District (Poland)
Timisoara (Romania)
Greater Donetsk (Ukraine)
Genoa (Italy)

The aim of the comparative approach is to improve the understanding of commonalities and differences as well as causal relationships and influencing dynamics in shrinking cities. For this purpose, we study the local stories of urban shrinkage and governance responses and group the ‘cases’ to trajectories of urban shrinkage and related modes/arrangements.

locations of the shrinksmart case studies
Basemap: / Editor: Thomas Arndt


Document downloads

The latest work package reports and policy briefs are now available as pfd-files.

Shrink Smart Documents

Photo gallery

Have a look at the case study cities in the Photo gallery.

Shrink Smart Photo gallery

Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities