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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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Secondary Cities and Development

Secondary Cities and Development

1st Edition

Edited By Lochner Marais, Etienne Nel, Ronnie Donaldson
June 06, 2016

The role secondary cities play in the global space economy and national urban hierarchies is increasingly receiving attention from scholars and international agencies, most notably the Cities Alliance. Secondary Cities and Development considers the role of secondary cities through the lens of ...

Technology and the City Systems, applications and implications

Technology and the City: Systems, applications and implications

1st Edition

By Tan Yigitcanlar
May 10, 2016

The interplay between smart urban technologies and city development is a relatively uncharted territory. Technology and the City aims to fill that gap, exploring the growing importance of smart technologies and systems in contemporary cities, and providing an in-depth understanding of both ...

Smaller Cities in a World of Competitiveness

Smaller Cities in a World of Competitiveness

1st Edition

By Peter Karl Kresl, Daniele Ietri
April 22, 2016

Much recent research in Urban Studies has concentrated on the notion of the ‘global city’ but discussion has also covered a larger set of mega cities, with populations in excess of 10 million. This analysis has begged the question of the optimal size for a city – is larger always better? Smaller ...

Code and the City

Code and the City

1st Edition

Edited By Rob Kitchin, Sung-Yueh Perng
April 18, 2016

Software has become essential to the functioning of cities. It is deeply embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and is entrenched in the management and governance of urban societies. Software-enabled technologies and services enhance the ways in which we understand ...

Skills and Cities

Skills and Cities

1st Edition

Edited By Sako Musterd, Marco Bontje, Jan Rouwendal
April 05, 2016

Creative industries have become fundamental in signalling the economic wellbeing of cities and urban regions. Workers who are attracted to the sector tend to have strong preferences when it comes to the neighbourhoods they want to live in, with factors such as job availability and urban amenities ...

The Value of Arts and Culture for Regional Development A Scandinavian Perspective

The Value of Arts and Culture for Regional Development: A Scandinavian Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Lisbeth Lindeborg, Lars Lindkvist
March 03, 2016

In this new volume, 28 Scandinavian researchers and others who are active in arts and culture seek to answer the questions: What has been the effect of regional and local investment in arts and culture? And what positive and negative experiences have there been? This book describes and analyzes the...

The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region

The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Cooke, Glen Searle, Kevin O'Connor
December 10, 2015

The development of the information technology (IT) industry in the Asia Pacific region faces two challenges. Firstly, can its established physical, technical, regional and governance infrastructures be adapted to meet the challenges embedded in the set of products and processes created by the IT ...

People, Places and Policy Knowing contemporary Wales through new localities

People, Places and Policy: Knowing contemporary Wales through new localities

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Jones, Scott Orford, Victoria Macfarlane
September 09, 2015

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. Set within the context of UK devolution and constitutional change, People, Places and Policy offers important and ...

Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities East meets West

Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities: East meets West

1st Edition

Edited By Tiit Tammaru, Szymon Marcińczak, Maarten van Ham, Sako Musterd
August 31, 2015

Growing inequalities in Europe are a major challenge threatening the sustainability of urban communities and the competiveness of European cities. While the levels of socio-economic segregation in European cities are still modest compared to some parts of the world, the poor are increasingly ...

The London Olympics and Urban Development The Mega-Event City

The London Olympics and Urban Development: The Mega-Event City

1st Edition

Edited By Gavin Poynter, Valerie Viehoff, Yang Li
July 23, 2015

As London sought to use the Olympics to achieve an ambitious programme of urban renewal in the relatively socially deprived East London it attracted global attention and sparked debate. This book provides an in-depth study of the transformation of East London as a result of the 2012 Summer Olympic ...

Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions

Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions

1st Edition

Edited By Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson, Roger Stough
June 23, 2015

In recent years, policy makers have given much credence to the role of entrepreneurship in the transformation of regions. As a result, a new set of policy responses have emerged that focus on the support of new venture creation, small business growth and idea generation and commercialization. ...

Smart Specialisation Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy

Smart Specialisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy

1st Edition

By Dominique Foray
June 08, 2015

This is the first book on a new policy approach that has been widely adopted in Europe and beyond. It analyses the concept of smart specialisation and discuss the need for smart specialisation strategies, explains why the approach is new and different from more standard policy processes and ...

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