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Thursday, April 5 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.21 What is “The Region” in City-Region Research? Current Themes and Debates

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The region provides a significant and enduring scale for urban analysis and public policy-making. Numerous definitions of the region exist, many intending to define or understand the generative power of metropolitan spaces that exceed the political boundaries of traditional central cities. Contemporary research on regions challenges many presumptions about how inter- and intra-regional processes work, and the extent to which metropolitan regions should be considered benign or malign spaces for the citizens that live there. This panel includes contributions that express current debates and practices that are shaping regional research across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The four papers share a critical perspective on how regions are constructed, noting the way that regions are shaped by particular stakeholders for specific purposes. Each paper provides a distinct account about how planning and politics is being shaped in contemporary city-regions. By bringing together approaches to comprehending the enduring significance of the metropolitan region as both a scale and subject of research, the panel provides a forum for urbanists working on topics including regional governance, planning and economic development, and social equity.


Moderator: Michael Glass, University of Pittsburgh 


Territorial Consciousness and Regional Imaginaries: How Do Growth Coalitions Think the Region? 
David Wachsmuth, McGill University


Seeing Beyond the State: The Politics of Business-Oriented Regionalism
John Harrison, Loughborough University


Which Regions? New Data in the Quest to Define Urban Regions
Jen Nelles, City University of New York


Navigating the Regionalism-Public Choice Divide in Regional Studies 
Michael Glass, University of Pittsburgh


Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Cedar (Mezzanine Floor)