A Bike Ride for Local Pomegranate Juice
Author: Braden Kay, David Pijawka, and Michael Underhill
Affiliation: Arizona State University / USA
Regions around the world face challenges related to economic development, sustainability, and social stability. In the context of Albania, Shkodra provides an important case study for the region. An interdisciplinary group of researchers from Arizona State University worked with Polis University and the Municipality of Shkodra to ensure sustainable development in the newly created Shkodra regional structure. The team analyzed the current state of the region, and the vision and strategy developed by the Albanian Ministry of Urban Development and Polis University. A series of interviews with stakeholders provided insights into key trends and challenges for future governance and development. This article outlines the findings, identifies three themes that regional municipalities and partner universities can explore, and provides recommendations for moving forward. Importantly, knowledge gained regarding university-government-civil society collaborations for economic and governance transitions, and the potential to incorporate emerging technologies and social innovations into these efforts, provides a model for a strong collaborative regional approach to 21st Century sustainable development.
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