ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. It is coordinated by Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
The overall goal of ROBUST is to a) advance our understanding of the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas and b) to identify and promote policies, governance models and practices that foster mutually-beneficial relations. Improved governance arrangements and synergies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas will in turn contribute to Europe’s smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, maximising the creation of rural jobs and value-added.
To achieve these goals, ROBUST works with 11 Living Labs and five Communities of Practice (New Business Models and Labour Markets, Public Infrastructure and Social Services, Sustainable Food Systems, Cultural Connections and Ecosystem Services).