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 11: Epilogue: towards a research agenda for city-region regeneration economies: from artificial intelligence, the gig economy to air pollution

John R. Bryson and Lauren Andres


This chapter calls for a research focus that emphasises understanding the city-region regeneration economy plexus. There are perhaps two alternative approaches to understanding city-regions. First, are approaches that begin with theorising global production networks and the ways they are strategically coupled with regional economies. This approach highlights global processes first and regional processes second. Second, are approaches that begin with understanding city-regions. These studies position regions within the context of global flows but much of the research focuses is on understanding city-region processes and their impacts at a variety of spatial scales. Research tends to adopt a micro (people/firms), meso (regional including agglomerations or clusters) or macro (global interactions) approach. What is absent is a concern with the development of a more integrated or systematic approach to understanding city-region regeneration economies. This is an ambitious and provocative research agenda, but it is one that will go some way towards unravelling the dynamics of the city-region regeneration economy plexus.

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