Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 5: Spatial knowledge for regional governance: toward an alternative map of Castilla y León

Mario Paris and Juan Luis de las Rivas Sanz


In Castilla y León, the process of territorial polarisation around a few mid-sized urban areas along with the progressive draining of population has created a growing heterogeneity in the population density, generating peculiar spatial complexities. As members of the Instituto Universitario de Urbanistica (IUU), one of the main research clusters in the field of spatial planning in Castilla y León, we collaborated with the regional council in the process of rethinking the administrative structure contributing to the creation of an alternative map based on an inter-municipal scale. This innovative map should become the main tool for both regional and local authorities for managing services, saving resources and setting up new forms of governance.

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