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Guillaume & Kenealy win RSE grant

Activities will be the first step in a planned larger study of 'The Future of Edinburgh as an International City'.

PIR lecturers Xavier Guillaume and Daniel Kenealy have won a
grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh for the exploratory stage of a
project to study 'The Future of Edinburgh as an International City'.

Whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, scheduled for
September 2014, the development of Edinburgh as a dynamic and
internationally oriented city will continue to be a priority for the
Scottish Government. The current political moment presents an opportunity
to understand what kind of international city Edinburgh may become. In
order to do so the project will involve a three-tiered international
comparative project in order to understand the socio-political logics
behind the development of an international city. This involves
identifying, historically and sociologically, the key actors in the
international field in different cities (Geneva, Oslo, Brussels, and
Edinburgh), and comparing how these actors are similar or different in
their attachment and relation to their specific sovereign national fields.

The first steps in the project will involve a series of workshops
involving academics and practitioners from Scotland, Norway, Belgium, and
Switzerland. The workshops will run throughout 2014 with a series of
dissemination and knowledge exchange activities in parallel.