Learning Cities

Participatory-focused Community Development in Adult and Lifelong Education


  • Balázs Németh University of Pécs, Hungary




learning cities, adult education, lifelong education, research in adult education, community development


This paper will analyse the conceptual evolution and development of learning cities and regions in adult education research work. Adult education research has got a great potential to investigate concrete mechanisms of learning city-region constructions and to estimate the changing nature and structures of learning city-region models based on the examples of two learning cities, Cork in Ireland and Pécs in Hungary.

Therefore, the paper tries to discover some major aspects of learning city-region models and different learning city-region collaborations at local-regional levels, emphasized by the OECD and UNESCO, which may enhance both participation and performance in learning of adults, but also, the learning of other age groups affecting transgenerational dimensions of learning and that of community development.


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Author Biography

Balázs Németh, University of Pécs, Hungary

Dr. habil Balázs Németh is a researcher on European adult and lifelong learning policy development and comparative adult education. He is an associate professor and reader in Adult Learning and Education at the University of Pécs and a founding member of the Hungarian Universities Lifelong Learning Network (MELLearN). Further research topics of his are: Politics and Adult Education; Comparative Adult Education; History of Modern European Adult Education and Learning City-Region Developments in association with the global network of learning cities programme (GNLC) of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.
He is a member of Steering Committee of EUCEN for 2015-19 period being responsible for policy affairs and talks. He is a vice-Director of PASCAL International Observatory for Central-East Europe, Executive President of MELLearN and the current president of the Adult Education Sub-Commission of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
He has participated several European Erasmus, Grundtvig and recent Erasmus+ projects to deal with the professional development of adult education and provided surveys on adult learning and education in Central-East Europe for the European Commission on Quality in the Adult Learning Sector, Policy Developments in Adult Education.


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