Networks and Spatial Economics

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 297–316

Spatial Science and Network Science: Review and Outcomes of a Complex Relationship


DOI: 10.1007/s11067-013-9222-6

Cite this article as:
Ducruet, C. & Beauguitte, L. Netw Spat Econ (2014) 14: 297. doi:10.1007/s11067-013-9222-6


For decades, the spatial approach to network analysis has principally focused on planar and technical networks from a classic graph theory perspective. Reference to models and methods developed by other disciplines on non-planar networks, such as sociology and physics, is recent, limited, and dispersed. Conversely, the physics literature that developed the popular scale-free and small-world models pays an increasing attention to the spatial dimension of networks. Reviewing how complex network research has been integrated into geography and regional science reveals a high heterogeneity among spatial scientists as well as key directions for increasing their role inside multidisciplinary researches on networks.


Complex network Scale-free network Small-world network Geography Regional science Spatial network 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)UMR 8054 Géographie-CitésParisFrance
  2. 2.UMR 6266 IDEESRouenFrance

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