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European partnership


KNowledgE alliance for Social Innovation in Shrinking villages (KiNESIS) is a three – year-long project (2021-2023), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The main aim of the KiNESIS project is to create a Knowledge Alliance among academia, NGOs, communities, local authorities, businesses to develop a program of multidisciplinary activities in shrinking areas with the aim of promoting and fostering ideas, projects, workforce, productivity and attractiveness.

The focus of KiNESIS is to converge the interest of different stakeholders by recalling various skills around abandoned villages to make them “smart” and “attractive”.

Revitalising depopulated areas

Keeping in mind the triangular objectives of cooperation and innovation of research, higher education and business of the Knowledge Alliance action, the KiNESIS project aims are:

i) revitalising depopulated areas by stimulating entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills;

ii) creating local living laboratories, shared at European level, in which the exchange of knowledge, best practices, experiences can help promote social inclusion and entrepreneurial development;

iii) experimenting new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches in teaching and learning;

iv) facilitating the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge at a local and global level.

KiNESIS is the result of three years of research in the field and of a first pilot project by Group for European Development and the University of Wageningen (NL), carried out in 2019, in the municipality of Frigento.

For more information, please visit the KiNESIS website.

KiNESIS Partners