Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 6: Multiple geographies of global urban connectivity as measured in the interlocking network model

Ben Derudder and Peter J. Taylor

Abstract

This chapter provides a conceptual, methodological and empirical overview of urban-geographical research on the global connectivities of cities. We clarify how conceptual writings on ‘world’ and ‘global’ cities have helped to shape this research agenda, which is now of key importance in urban geography. This is followed by a discussion of how the methodological question of measuring global urban connectivity has been tackled in an increasingly diverse literature. Zooming in on the approach developed in the context of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network, we provide an empirical discussion of the geographies of global urban connectivity produced by globalized producer services firms, maritime services firms, and non-governmental organizations.

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