The Regional Studies Blog

9 Oct 2018

The Political Economy of Capital Cities

The following blog post is based on the book “The Political Economy of Capital Cities“. Think about Washington D.C. in comparison to New York in the United States. Take Switzerland as an example and compare Bern with Zurich or Geneva. […]

1 Oct 2018

Quality of Government in the EU

Why are some places better governed than other? What explains corruption and low levels of public services overwhelming good governance practices? Many studies explain these differences by looking at cultural factors as determinants of corruption, including trust in society and […]

11 Sep 2018

A New Perspective on Urban Development

Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas both work in the Department of Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Institute of Technology. They recently co-edited the book “In The Post-Urban World Emergent Transformation of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global […]

29 Aug 2018

Globalisation through FDI and regional development policy

Based on the paper “FDI and regional development policy”, to be presented at the 2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Implementation Across Global Networks of Regions, Cities and Firms. Seville, Spain. “Investment policymaking is getting more complex, […]

22 Aug 2018

Universities and Regional Economic Development

I’d never intended to do research on universities and regional development.  My first love was and is the North East of England, and what I wanted to understood was how the North East had gone in the course of my […]

2 Aug 2018

Embedding value chains to enhance Cohesion

Bruno D. Castanheira works with the European Commission in securing the Union’s financial interests, having previously worked to improve implementation of Regional Policy. His research to stabilise European Economic Integration explored new approaches to Regional Policy and the role of […]

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