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Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling

Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Aura Reggiani and Peter Nijkamp

This important new book provides a valuable set of studies on spatial dynamics, emerging networks and modelling efforts. It employs interdisciplinary concepts alongside innovative trajectories to highlight recent advances in analysing and modelling the spatial economy, transport networks, industrial dynamics and regional systems. It is argued that modelling network processes at different spatial scales provides critical information for the design of plans and policies. Furthermore, a key issue in the current complex and heterogeneous landscape is the adoption and validation of new approaches, models and methodologies, which are able to grasp the emergent aspects of economic uncertainty and discontinuity, as well as overcome the current difficulties of carrying out appropriate forecasts. In exploring diverse pathways for theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis, this exciting volume offers promising and evolutionary perspectives on the modern spatial network society.

Preface

Edited by Aura Reggiani and Peter Nijkamp

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics

Extract

The structure and development of spatial-economic networks is currently undergoing drastic changes and following diverse pathways, mainly due to the increasing use of information and communication technology in our global economy and society. A prominent feature of the new economy is certainly the transition to a networked society, where interconnectivity and interoperability between the different economic systems play a significant role. A condition for improved insight into the emerging socio-economic– political network structures is a thorough exploration of the evolution of established economic activities, as well as of the dynamics of their connected subsystems. This includes the investigation of how quickly economic activities are able to respond to the globalization of networks, and, consequently, of the new role of ‘space’ in this evolutionary interacting process. For example, it is a matter of serious concern how the increasing geographical scale of economic, social and political interactions can drive – and sometimes destabilize – existing systems that are usually characterized by ‘slow’ dynamics, such as the demographic, employment, energy and transport-infrastructure systems, even in peripheral and remote areas/countries. Modelling such network processes at different spatial scales is, therefore, an important challenge that can yield critical information for the design of plans and policies. It is nowadays evident that spatial and economic science needs innovative trajectories, together with continuous cross-fertilization among the many disciplines involved, for understanding and forecasting the sets of interacting network structures, ranging from the technical to the organizational, and from the social to the economic and political levels. In this complex...