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Regions and Cities

About the Series

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Kristina Abbotts – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

The Regions and Cities book series welcomes Open Access projects. Please contact Kristina Abbotts or visit for more details.

About the Regional Studies Association (RSA)

The Regions and Cities Book Series is a series of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). The RSA is a global and interdisciplinary network for regional and urban research, policy and development. The RSA is a registered not-for-profit organisation, a learned society and membership body that aims to advance regional studies and science. The RSA’s publishing portfolio includes five academic journals, two book series, a Blog and an online magazine. For more information on the Regional Studies Association, visit


Did you know that as a Regional Studies Association member you’re entitled to a 30% discount on all Routledge books? To order, simply email Luke McNicholas ([email protected]), or phone on +44 (0) 20 701 77545 and declare your RSA membership.

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Re-framing Regional Development Evolution, Innovation and Transition

Re-framing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation and Transition

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Cooke
July 17, 2014

Turbulence characterises the current global scene. This book uses complementary theoretical approaches to understand and help prescribe policies to ‘re-frame’ the regional development problem in turbulent times. These approaches are: evolutionary complexity; evolutionary economic geography; ...

Regional Development Agencies: The Next Generation? Networking, Knowledge and Regional Policies

Regional Development Agencies: The Next Generation?: Networking, Knowledge and Regional Policies

1st Edition

Edited By Nicola Bellini, Mike Danson, Henrik Halkier
July 17, 2014

Across Europe, regional development agencies (RDAs) have become a central feature of regional policy, both as innovative policy-makers and as the implementers of programmes and initiatives originating from the national or European level. By drawing on a combination of conceptual reflection, surveys...

Regional Development in Northern Europe Peripherality, Marginality and Border Issues

Regional Development in Northern Europe: Peripherality, Marginality and Border Issues

1st Edition

Edited By Mike Danson, Peter de Souza
July 17, 2014

This book draws on work from across northern Europe and is parallel and complementary to the network itself. By establishing an intellectual and practically orientated framework and platform, and by bringing together contributions defining the state-of-the-art and potential development paths in the...

Working Regions Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy

Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy

1st Edition

By Jennifer Clark
May 16, 2014

Working Regions focuses on policy aimed at building sustainable and resilient regional economies in the wake of the global recession. Using examples of four ‘working regions’ — regions where research and design functions and manufacturing still coexist in the same cities — the book argues for a new...

Urban Innovation Systems What makes them tick?

Urban Innovation Systems: What makes them tick?

1st Edition

By Willem van Winden, Erik Braun, Alexander Otgaar, Jan-Jelle Witte
April 16, 2014

Why are some regions and cities so good at attracting talented people, creating high-level knowledge, and producing exciting new ideas and innovations? What are the ingredients of success? Can innovative cities be created and stimulated, or do they just flourish by mere chance? This book analyses ...

Shrinking Cities A Global Perspective

Shrinking Cities: A Global Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Harry W. Richardson, Chang Woon Nam
March 19, 2014

This book examines a rapidly emerging new topic in urban settlement patterns: the role of shrinking cities. Much coverage is given to declining fertility rates, ageing populations and economic restructuring as the factors behind shrinking cities, but there is also reference to resource depletion, ...

The Creative Class Goes Global

The Creative Class Goes Global

1st Edition

Edited By Charlotta Mellander, Richard Florida, Bjørn T. Asheim, Meric Gertler
October 29, 2013

The whole landscape of research in urban studies was revolutionized by the publication of Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class in 2002, and his subsequent book entitled The Flight of the Creative Class has helped to maintain a decade-long explosion of interest in the field. While these ...

The Impacts of Automotive Plant Closure A Tale of Two Cities

The Impacts of Automotive Plant Closure: A Tale of Two Cities

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Beer, Holli Evans
December 11, 2013

Economic restructuring has been a notable feature of so-called mature industrial economies such as the UK and Australia in the last two decades, with deregulation, privatisation, technological change and globalisation combining to reshape such economies. Some industries have grown, while others ...

Leadership and Place

Leadership and Place

1st Edition

Edited By Chris Collinge, John Gibney, Chris Mabey
December 22, 2010

Despite the radical transformation of society associated with globalisation, shifting patterns of demography and the revolution in information and communication technologies over the last two decades, we remain profoundly attached to place in economic, social, cultural and emotional terms. The idea...

Multinationals and European Integration Trade, Investment and Regional Development

Multinationals and European Integration: Trade, Investment and Regional Development

1st Edition

By Nicholas A. Phelps
September 13, 2002

This book examines the role of the multinational firms in processes of European integration. It is primarily concerned with the implications of market integration and industrial restructuring for peripheral European regions. Nicholas Phelps argues that, because of the complex relationship between ...

Regional Development in the 1990s The British Isles in Transition

Regional Development in the 1990s: The British Isles in Transition

1st Edition

Edited By Ron Martin, Peter Townroe
September 13, 2002

This book documents the changing nature and challenge of regional development in Britain and Ireland in the final decade of this century. In the first half of this book, region-by-region profiles review the experience of the eighties and reflect on the present climate, assessing problems and ...

Unemployment and Social Exclusion Landscapes of Labour inequality and Social Exclusion

Unemployment and Social Exclusion: Landscapes of Labour inequality and Social Exclusion

1st Edition

Edited By Sally Hardy, Paul Lawless, Ron Martin
September 13, 2002

Persistent high employment and growing labour market inequality have become entrenched features of many European countries. This edited collection of papers focuses on the regional and local dimensions of these problems across the European union as a whole and, more particularly, in the UK. In the ...

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