Pushing regional studies beyond its borders

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  • John Harrison
  • Mercedes Delgado
  • Ben Derudder
  • Isabelle Anguelovski
  • Sergio Montero

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Loughborough University
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Ghent University
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • University of Los Andes
  • MIT Innovation Initiative


This paper explores how to push the field of regional studies beyond its present institutional, conceptual and methodological borders. It does this from five perspectives: innovation and competitiveness; globalization and urbanization; social and environmental justice; local and regional development; and industrial policy. It argues that the future of regional studies requires approaches that, in combination, result in the pushing on (by creating), pushing off (by consolidating), pushing back (by critiquing) and pushing forward (by collectively constructing) the field.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019


  • regional studies, competitiveness, urbanization, social and environmental justice, local and regional development, industrial policy