The University of Strathclyde has launched a new policy research foundation with a faculty at a leading University in the Netherlands, as part of its long-term strategy of reinforcing European cooperation and meeting the challenges of Brexit.
The EPRC Delft venture is part of a partnership between Strathclyde’s European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) and the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (EU Delft).
EPRC is a recognised European leader for its policy research on regional economic development and related policy areas. The creation of EPRC Delft will open up new opportunities for the institutions to carry out shared research following the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU.
EPRC Delft will give EPRC an operational base and complement TU Delft’s research profile. Strathclyde will have staff members permanently based at the Dutch university.
The partnership agreement was previously signed at TU Delft by the Executive Dean of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor Douglas Brodie, and Professor Peter Russell, who was then Dean of TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment.
Professor Brodie said: “EPRC is one of Europe’s leading research institutes for research on public policy, with a high reputation in both academic and policy circles, and providing influential advice to EU institutions and governments across Europe. There is excellent complementarity with the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft which is a global leader for its research on spatial planning and urban development.
“We see big opportunities for developing new research and knowledge exchange between the two departments.”
Strathclyde Principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “Strathclyde has an established reputation for its international collaboration in research, teaching, innovation and commercialisation. We have an excellent track record for working with universities across the EU and are working hard for these to be maintained and strengthened.
“The relationship with TU Delft is greatly valued and we look forward to developing this further in the future.”
EPRC, based in Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, conducts extensive research into economic development policies and practice in Europe - allied to expertise in a range of European languages, as well as cultural, economic, social, political and historical context.
Its research programmes span more than 30 European countries. The institute works closely with the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU, and many national and regional governments.
Head of EPRC, Professor John Bachtler said: “EPRC has built a Europe-wide reputation for its expertise in analysing and interpreting often highly complex policies, especially in the field of regional and local development which have a significant impact in the EU and beyond.
“We are determined to maintain the long-standing research and policy relationships with European institutes and government departments built up over four decades, and our EPRC Delft foundation will ensure that these continues after Brexit.
“It is particularly fitting that this new partnership with TU Delft should be formed in the year of EPRC’s 40th anniversary at Strathclyde and will mark a new chapter in the story of our institute.”
Head of the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft, Professor Vincent Nadin, said: “EPRC Delft offers exciting opportunities for closer collaboration between two leading universities in Europe. Delft University of Technology and the University of Strathclyde are already working together on a number of research activities including the COHESIFY project, which involves staff from the departments of Urbanism and OTB in TU Delft.
“The research portfolios of the two universities are complimentary and share a number of common areas of interest such as territorial cooperation and governance.”