A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies
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A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies

Reading City-Regions

Edited by John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall

This Research Agenda provides both a state-of-the-art review of existing research on city-regions, and expands on new research approaches. Expert contributors from across the globe explore key areas for reading city-regions, including: trade, services and people, regional differentiation, big data, global production networks, governance and policy, and regional development. The book focuses on developing a more integrated and systematic approach to reading city-regions as part of regeneration economics, identifying conceptual and methodological developments in this field of study.
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Chapter 2: Regenerating regional economies: trade in goods and services and people

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings


This chapter explores trade in goods, services and people and the role this plays in regenerating economies. The argument is based on the belief that there is a real need to combine both macro and micro perspectives. This approach explores the networks of interactions between diverse agencies within regions and the necessity of placing a regional economy in a broader context by considering external linkages. The discussion in this chapter has highlighted two main challenges facing regional economies – trade in goods and services and trade in people. These challenges have become ever more complex but what academia can do is contribute to enhanced understanding of how an economy works, how it is changing, how future demands for its goods and services will evolve, the needs in terms of investment in human capital, in housing, in infrastructure and in the capacity to adapt to change.

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