European Journal of Spatial Development

European Journal of Spatial Development

The European Journal of Spatial Development is a refereed journal, distributed online free of charge.

Latest refereed article

Unpacking polycentricity at the city-regional scale: Insights from Dusseldorf and Stockholm 

Schmitt, P., Volgmann, K., Münter, A. & Reardon, M.

Abstract: The normative concept of polycentricity has become a promising tool to
pursue spatial policy goals such as spatial equity and justice, sustainable
and balanced development, and, more recently territorial cohesion, at various
scales across Europe. As earlier research has shown, a number of cityregions
use the concept for their planning and development work. In pursuit
of polycentric development, they call for a robust terminology, solid analysis
and methods. As a result, literature analysing polycentricity at the city- or
mega-regional scale has grown significantly and it appears that some consensus
has been achieved in regards to the main facets and dimensions.
Recognizing that the potentials to comprehend city-regional dynamics by
focussing on the extent to which polycentric urban patterns evolve has not
yet been fully utilised, this paper intends to contribute to a more comprehensive
view on polycentricity at the city-regional scale. In doing so, we
study the (potentially) emerging urban patterns of two cases, the Dusseldorf
and Stockholm city-regions, employing different theoretical starting
points and analytical approaches. With this in mind, we aim to unpack the
concept of polycentricity at the city-regional scale and to offer academics,
as well as planning professionals and policy-makers, further insights into
qualifying, analysing and understanding the complexity of the topic at hand.
Likewise, we argue that sound strategies to promote and mobilise different
facets of polycentric development should be carefully reflected and related
to the theoretical, methodological and even normative starting point of any
attempt to comprehending polycentricity.

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The European Journal of Spatial Development is published by Nordregio and  Delft University of Technology.

ISSN 1650-9544