Regional spatial planning, government and governance as recipe for sustainable development?

Andrea Frank, Terry Marsden

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

7 Citations (Scopus)


Regionalism implying some form of city-region or metropolitan-level planning and governance has long been promoted for multiple reasons albeit with varied success. Experiencing a resurgence in 1990s, regional coordination and cooperation has proven effective in pursuing economic development and bolstering competitiveness. Unfortunately, other voices, such as those promoting regional scale land use planning and management to cultivate more sustainable urban form and settlement patterns became comparatively crowded out. With climate change-related environmental and ecological pressures mounting, the chapter suggests it is time to frame regions as socio-ecological rather than mere socioeconomic spaces, thereby placing greater emphasis on ecosystems and ecological land management and a circular, regenerative economy. Using the city-region of Stuttgart (Germany) as exemplar, our contribution initiates an exploration into whether statutory regional planning in combination with various informal tools and a multi-level governance framework allows actors to begin to embed and implement these emerging ecological sustainability concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Rural Sociology and Development
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameResearch in Rural Sociology and Development
ISSN (Print)1057-1922

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2016 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


  • City-region
  • Governance
  • Planning
  • Regenerative circular economy
  • Regionalism
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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