1st Edition

Border Cities and Territorial Development

Edited By Eduardo Medeiros Copyright 2022
    280 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This monograph analyses the role of border cities in promoting territorial development processes in border regions across the world. It not only embraces the scientific fields of regional and urban studies but also addresses territorial (urban, local, regional) development and planning theories, as well as the effects of development policies applied to border regions in both Europe and North America.

    In essence, the book offers a full toolkit of border regions' territorial development knowledge and, in particular, advances a range of policy development proposals. It provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary thinking about how border cities can play a decisive role in boosting territorial development processes in border regions.

    The book is divided into three parts. Part I presents a theoretical framework on the role of border cities in promoting territorial development and planning in border regions. Part II debates current mainstream policies focusing on supporting border regions and specifically border cities in the EU, the UK, and North America. Finally, Part III presents a wealth of updated knowledge, based on the analysis of several concrete case studies: border cities from both Europe (north, south, east and west) and North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico). The chapters are written by some of the most renowned authors on the subject, including scholars from several European and North American countries, as well as the secretary generals of three European border regions associations (AEBR, MOT, and CESCI).

    The book will thoroughly prepare students and provide knowledge to academics and policymakers in the fields of urban and regional planning and development studies, human geography, economic development, EU policies, border regions, and policy impacts.

    Introduction;  Part I: Territorial development and border cities: A theoretical debate;  1. Territorial development and border cities: A theoretical debate;  2. The challenge for economic development and innovation in border regions: Cases from Inner Scandinavia;  3. Cross-border spatial planning and border cities: Unpacking the symbolic role of borders;  Part II: Territorial development policies for border cities and regions;  4. European policies and border cities;  5. Border cities: Spatial and institutional expressions of bordering;  6. Brexit and the policy landscape for cities at the Ireland–Northern Ireland border;  Part III: Evidence from border cities and their contribution to territorial development;  7. French border cities and their cross-border strategies;  8. Rural border cities: The Danish-German border region of Schleswig;  9. Borderland formation processes: Cross-border urban functional cooperation along the Slovak–Hungarian border;  10. Border cities in Portugal–Spain and territorial development trends;  11. US–Canada border cities and territorial development trends;  12. US–Mexico border cities and territorial development trends;  13. Conclusion


    Eduardo Medeiros is a geography professor and an integrated research fellow in DINÂMIA'CET-IUL, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal. He has a PhD in geography – regional and urban planning, and has around 200 publications, including more than 40 published papers in international journals, 10 books, and 11 book chapters. His research interests are focused on territorial impact assessment, territorial cohesion, territorial development, territorial cooperation, and spatial planning.