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  •   November 25, 2011 - November 25, 2011
  •   London, UK

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There has been discussion through the last two decades about the role of the region as a primary spatial scale at which political and economic agendas are contested and resolved. Disputes have often centred on complex constructions of identity, sovereignty, borders, legitimacy and democracy. We are now seeing a growing appreciation of an alternative set of territorial politics, one which is leading researchers to focus on new forms of disparity and disputes such as the implications of changing patterns of migration, emergence of new states, promotion of intergovernmentality and regional collaboration by the European Commission as well as challenges to existing models of democracy and representation through a growth in localism. Globalisation also appears to be fuelling claims of the resurgence of cities as drivers of competitiveness resulting in challenges to existing urban economic infrastructures and urban regional governance.

The pace of change has left these pivotal societal and political-economic formations reliant on increasingly outdated and inadequate institutional structures, infrastructures, territorialities, statutory frameworks and supports. And herein rests the tension: as the demand for more ‘appropriate’, widely understood to mean more flexible, networked and smart forms of urban and regional planning and governance arrangements increases, new loci and/or expressions of territorial cooperation and conflict are emerging.

The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2011, on Contested Regions presents an opportunity to discuss and debate these important issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives in this field, and to address the concerns, and challenges confronting practitioners and policymakers.

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