Regional urbanization - Unpacking the relationships between the metropolis and its megaregion. Part 1: Analytical Perspectives from North Western European Countries

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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Anna Growe, Angelika Muenter
Chairs: Anna Growe


At least since the development of the global city-region concept (Scott 2001) based on the concept of global cities (Sassen 1991), the relationship of a metropolis and its surrounding region has loomed into focus in urban and economic geography. By now, it is generally accepted that urbanization processes increasingly occur at the regional scale. Edward Soja recently summarized this shift from a metropolitan to a regional model of urbanization in the concept of regional urbanization. The concept of regional urbanization describes the transition between urban and regional spaces where the duality between urban and suburban spaces dissolves (Soja 2012, 2015).
Recent developments of metropolises and their surrounding regions are shaped through divergent and partly contrary dynamics of concentration as well as de-concentration processes of jobs and house-holds within the urbanized region. Economic geography and regional studies mainly analyse the pro-cesses of metropolization (concentration processes of economic functions; Krätke 2007, Florida et al. 2017) and regionalization (de-concentration processes of economic functions; Growe 2016, Phelps 2004) and focus on resulting polycentric and networked megaregions (Hall/Pain 2006, Dan-ielzyk/Münter/Wiechmann 2016). At the same time, studies in urban and population geography de-scribe the concentration and deconcentration processes of people and households in urbanized regions with the concepts of reurbanization (concentration processes of people and households; Brombach et al. 2017, Fishmann 2005, Rérat 2012) and suburbanization (deconcentration processes of people and households; Clapson 2003, Modarres/Kirby 2010).
Although traditionally addressed in different strands of geography, these economic and demographic processes do overlap and partly add to each other due to the comprehensive changes initiated by meg-atrends like the rising knowledge society and digitalisation. Thus, the session aims at an integrated dis-cussion on processes influencing economic and demographic patterns of concentration and de-concentration in urbanized regions.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Angelika Muenter*, ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund, Germany , Kati Volgmann, ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund, Germany , Understanding the drivers of concentration and deconcentration processes in and between urban regions 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Angelika Krehl*, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Urban restructuring, land scarcity and KIBS – thoughts and analyses regarding their integration prospects 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Madeleine Wagner*, Heidelberg University, Germany, Anna Growe, Heidelberg University, Germany, Regional urbanization through knowledge-based economic activities - changing patterns of knowledge-intensive services and of creative activities in small and medium sized towns 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Rodrigo Viseu Cardoso*, Delft University of Technology, Evert J Meijers, Delft University of Technology, City of Cities? Finding selective cityness in the territories of metropolisation 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Nitin Bathla ETH Zurich 20 9:20 AM

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