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 10: People, place, space and city-regions: towards an integrated or systemic approach to reading city-region regeneration economies

John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall


This chapter explores the relationships between people, place, space and city-regions by considering the development of an integrated or systemic approach for researching city-regions as regeneration economies. This chapter is intended to identify questions rather than to provide solutions. A critical issue to consider is the importance of place or context. Thus, city-regions are heterogeneous, complex and extremely diverse. On the one hand, every city-region is distinct or unique and is the reflection of place-based incremental decision-making that has produced a distinct set of localized structures, assets, resources, investments, firms, linkages, relationships, people, history and identity. On the other hand, all city-regions have within them a complex and ever evolving mosaic of different types of place. Thus, there is as much diversity within as there is between different city-regions. A key issue is how to “read” or diagnose cities by trying to identify and interpret the complexity of urban living, livelihoods and lifestyles.

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