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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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The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces An International Dialogue

The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue

1st Edition

Edited By Jens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, Antonella Bruzzese
October 25, 2018

Alternative urban spaces across civic, private, and public spheres emerge in response to the great challenges that urban actors are currently confronted with. Labour markets are changing rapidly, the availability of affordable housing is under intensifying pressure, and public spaces have become ...

Transitions in Regional Economic Development

Transitions in Regional Economic Development

1st Edition

Edited By Ivan Turok, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Tom Kemeny, Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai, Fiona Wishlade
December 14, 2017

At a time of extraordinary challenges confronting the world, this book analyses some of the profound changes occurring in the development of cities and regions. It discusses the uncertainties associated with the stalling of hyper-globalization and asks whether this creates opportunities for ...

The European Territory From Historical Roots to Global Challenges

The European Territory: From Historical Roots to Global Challenges

1st Edition

By Jacques Robert
September 27, 2018

Originally published in French as Le territoire européen: des racines aux enjeux globaux, this book reflects the enormous changes that Europe has seen in the past half century. In a period of immense upheaval, the continent has experienced increased integration, largely through the development of ...

Soft Spaces in Europe Re-negotiating governance, boundaries and borders

Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating governance, boundaries and borders

1st Edition

Edited By Phil Allmendinger, Graham Haughton, Jörg Knieling, Frank Othengrafen
September 18, 2018

The past thirty years have seen a proliferation of new forms of territorial governance that have come to co-exist with, and complement, formal territorial spaces of government. These governance experiments have resulted in the creation of soft spaces, new geographies with blurred boundaries that ...

Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America

Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America

1st Edition

Edited By Sergio Montero, Karen Chapple
August 06, 2018

Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban agglomerations as nodes of innovation and competitive advantage, connecting territories to global value chains. However, this framework cannot so easily be applied to peripheral regions and secondary cities in either ...

Universities and Regional Economic Development Engaging with the Periphery

Universities and Regional Economic Development: Engaging with the Periphery

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Benneworth
August 06, 2018

In a knowledge-based economy, universities are vital institutions. This volume explores the roles that universities can play in peripheral regions, contributing to processes of regional economic development and innovative growth. Including a series of case studies drawn from Portugal, Norway, ...

Industrial Policy Beyond the Crisis Regional, National and International Perspectives

Industrial Policy Beyond the Crisis: Regional, National and International Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By David Bailey, Helena Lenihan, Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod
August 23, 2018

After years of official disrepute, industrial policy (IP) is back in vogue at regional, national and international levels driven by concerns over competitiveness, globalisation, de-industrialisation, unemployment and the comparatively slow growth of the EU economy especially in this post-recession ...

Making Cultural Cities in Asia Mobility, assemblage, and the politics of aspirational urbanism

Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, assemblage, and the politics of aspirational urbanism

1st Edition

Edited By June Wang, Tim Oakes, Yang Yang
August 14, 2018

This book examines the vast and largely uncharted world of cultural/creative city-making in Asia. It explores the establishment of policy models and practices against the backdrop of a globalizing world, and considers the dynamic relationship between powerful actors and resources that impact Asian ...

Place-making and Urban Development New challenges for contemporary planning and design

Place-making and Urban Development: New challenges for contemporary planning and design

1st Edition

By Pier Carlo Palermo, Davide Ponzini
August 14, 2018

The regeneration of critical urban areas through the redesign of public space with the intense involvement of local communities seems to be the central focus of place-making according to some widespread practices in academic and professional circles. Recently, new expertise maintains that ...

Spaces and Places in Central and Eastern Europe Historical Trends and Perspectives

Spaces and Places in Central and Eastern Europe: Historical Trends and Perspectives

1st Edition

By Gyula Horváth
August 14, 2018

Across Europe there is a rapidly changing context for undertaking regional development. In the 20th century, development of the former planned economies (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia), was defined by these countries differences, rather than their common ...

The Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks

The Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks

1st Edition

Edited By Roel Rutten, Paul Benneworth, Dessy Irawati, Frans Boekema
August 14, 2018

The social dynamics of innovation networks captures the important role of trust, social capital, institutions and norms and values in the creation of knowledge in innovation networks. In doing so, this book connects to a long-standing debate on the socio-spatial context of innovation in economic ...

Higher Education and the Creative Economy Beyond the campus

Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the campus

1st Edition

Edited By Roberta Comunian, Abigail Gilmore
July 24, 2018

Since the DCMS Creative Industries Mapping Document highlighted the key role played by creative activities in the UK economy and society, the creative industries agenda has expanded across Europe and internationally. They have the support of local authorities, regional development agencies, ...

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