Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Peter Nijkamp
An increasing amount of research is now being conducted on topics at the interface of regional science and the environment. This research is both theoretical and empirical and its general goal is to study the numerous environmental implications of problems in regional science. Given the increasing interest in research in the above-mentioned topics, there now exists a substantial literature on regional science and the environment. Therefore, our objective in this chapter is to review the principal themes in this sizable literature. Specifically, we focus on five key issues: regional economic development, natural resources, environmental regulation, geographic information systems and regional climate change. Our review is both retrospective and prospective. We discuss what has been achieved thus far and the likely future directions of research on regional science and the environment.