Skip to main content

Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance

  • Book
  • © 2020


  • Structured around four key themes: institutions, policies, imaginaries and planning
  • Presents the outcomes of a three-year-long international collaboration
  • Positions contemporary research on metropolitan change and approaches to planning and governing metropolitan regions within longer trajectories

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this book

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Other ways to access

Licence this eBook for your library

Institutional subscriptions

About this book

The aim of this book is to investigate contemporary processes of metropolitan change and approaches to planning and governing metropolitan regions. To do so, it focuses on four central tenets of metropolitan change in terms of planning and governance: institutional approaches, policy mobilities, spatial imaginaries, and planning styles. The book’s main contribution lies in providing readers with a new conceptual and analytical framework for researching contemporary dynamics in metropolitan regions. It will chiefly benefit researchers and students in planning, urban studies, policy and governance studies, especially those interested in metropolitan regions.

The relentless pace of urban change in globalization poses fundamental questions about how to best plan and govern 21st-century metropolitan regions. The problem for metropolitan regions—especially for those with policy and decision-making responsibilities—is a growing recognition that these spaces are typically reliant on inadequate urban-economic infrastructure and fragmented planning and governance arrangements. Moreover, as the demand for more ‘appropriate’—i.e., more flexible, networked and smart—forms of planning and governance increases, new expressions of territorial cooperation and conflict are emerging around issues and agendas of (de-)growth, infrastructure expansion, and the collective provision of services.

Similar content being viewed by others


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Spatial Imaginaries

  2. Planning Styles

  3. Metropolitan Futures


“The book is easy to understand and clearly structured. The development of an analytical framework for planning and governance in metropolitan regions is successfully implemented.” (Anna Growe, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Vol. 78 (5), October, 2020)

“This book provides overviews on planning and governance in metropolitan regions from various perspectives, making it a depository of presented cases that reflect a panoply of approaches. The book is an important reference for students and researchers in planning, planners and policy makers interested in engaging with the topic to have the wider picture.” (Christine Mady, Urban Research & Practice, April 27, 2020)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

    Karsten Zimmermann

  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway

    Daniel Galland

  • Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

    John Harrison

About the editors

Karsten Zimmermann is Professor for European Planning Cultures at the Faculty of Spatial Planning, Dortmund Technical University, Germany, and President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA).

Daniel Galland is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Chair of the Excellence in Education Board of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

John Harrison is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and an Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network.

Bibliographic Information

Publish with us