Each of the four partners will investigate the three case study settings with the assistance of the local government associate partner, resulting in 12 case studies. The three case studies per partner will follow the following thematic lines, the historic urban core,industrial areas facing transformation, and urban landscapes. Based on those cases, the project will provide both national and international comparisons. The comparison across the three settings in one country will provide a more complete understanding of the impact of the management of the cultural heritage under the same conditions and planning regime.
The research questions are concerned with complex relationships and processes within planning and governance institutions and the interplay with citizens’ understandings of place. These questions demand a case study approach involving a range of data collection and analysis methods. The cases are both territorial in that they will concentrate on a specified location, and problem oriented concentrating on the particular governance policies and actions concerned with managing the urban cultural heritage. The cases studies will both describe the nature of various factors such as changes in policies and interventions in the heritage field and explain where possible the causal relations, especially in terms of the consequences of various governance approaches for place identity.