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AsPIRE - Aspatial Peripherality

 Project duration: 01/2001 to 12/2004


The objectives of the project 'Aspatial Peripherality, Innovation and the Rural Economy' (AsPIRE) of the 5th RTD Framework of the European Union are: to establish the concept of 'aspatial peripherality', to provide a methodology for measuring/mapping it through regional indicators and to generate best-practice and policy evaluation guidelines. 

'Aspatial peripherality' is a term devised by the project team to describe a range of processes which are increasingly emerging to compound or distort the handicaps conventionally associated with remote locations. At a time when physical distance or travel/freight costs are becoming less and less a constraint to economic activity and quality of life, the benefits to peripheral and more accessible regions alike may be masked by the effects of poor utilisation of new information and communications technology or by inadequate networks linking local business, development agencies and global sources of information or markets. Similarly aspects of social capital, characteristics of regional governance or institutional structures may result in relative isolation from the core regions which are perceived as the motors of economic and social change. On the other hand, peripheral regions in which such essentially non-geographical characteristics exert benign effects, are likely to exhibit higher rates of economic growth and better quality of life than would normally be associated with such remote locations. 

AsPIRE is a co-operation of seven partners from Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Scotland and Spain under the leadership of the Rural Policy Group of the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen. The project will conduct five thematic studies on the role of information and communication technologies, business networks, governance, social capital and tourism for peripheral regions as well as twelve regional case studies. IRPUD will be responsible for providing a state-of-the-art review of spatial peripherality and for establishing a database of indicators of spatial peripherality. In addition IRPUD will conduct two of the twelve regional case studies in the counties of Bitburg-Prüm and Rottal-Inn in Germany. 

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The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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