European cities are engaged in difficult and challenging processes of social, economical, institutional and territorial change. Contemporary cities can be considered as learning places under different points of view:
- as central nodes of a knowledge based econom,
- as social laboratories, places which expose continuously their citizens to the effects of social transformation,
- as settings for institutional and political innovation.
The EURA 2008 Conference in Milan (October 9-11, 2008) will focus its attention on the exploration of these major challenges and will foster a lively debate among researchers in the field of urban studies, particularly pointing at interactions among forms of knowledge and forms of urban governance.