This monograph analyses the role of border cities to promote territorial development processes in border regions across the world. It embraces not only 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 main sections. The first presents a theoretical framework on the role of border cities in promoting territorial development and planning in border regions. The second section debates current mainstream policies focusing on supporting border regions and specifically border cities in the EU, the UK and North America. Finally, a third section 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, USA 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Territorial development and border cities: a theoretical debate 1. Territorial development and border cities. A theoretical debate2. The challenge for economic development and innovation in border regions 3. Cross-border planning and border cities: A theoretical proposal Part II: Territorial development policies for border cities and regions 4. European policies and border cities 5. U.S. Border Cities: Policies, Space, and Identity 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 territorial development trends 8. Germany-Danish border cities and territorial development trends 9. Cross-border agglomeration tendencies between Hungary and Slovakia 10. Border cities in Portugal-Spain and territorial development trends 11. USA-Canada border cities and territorial development trends 12. USA-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 Ph.D. in Geography - Regional and Urban Planning, and 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.