ESR12: Core-periphery relationships through coworking. Reducing the gap between urban and rural areas

Host: Paris School of Business, France, Supervisors: Ignasi Capdevila (PSB), Christine Liefooghe (Univ. of Lille)

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

The study of the typology of urban coworkers shows that spaces can represent nodes of temporal interaction between actors from the center and others coming from the periphery. Similarly, rural CWS often host urban coworkers that temporarily relocate, making them spaces of interaction between rural and urban actors. The ESR project would analyse the (re)production of urban collaborative and knowledge dynamics among space tenants in rural areas and vice-versa, using two case studies from France and Italy, through a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodology. A central goal would be to suggest recommendations for policy makers to contribute to the socio-economic dynamization of remote areas, through the expansion of CWS in these areas.

The fellow will be enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Lille.

Secondments are planned at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the European Creative Hubs Network, Athens, Greece


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Design of case studies approach and data collection
  • Comparative (meta) analyses of case studies
  • Knowledge synthesis, development of conceptual models, discussion and policy relevance


  • Master’s degree in economics, geography or a related discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • fluency in English, preferably good knowledge of French and /or Italian
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools   

For further information you may contact:

Prof. Ignasi Capdevila,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.