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Border region studies: The structure of an ‘offbeat’ field of regional studies

Williams, Allan and Makkonen, T (2016) Border region studies: The structure of an ‘offbeat’ field of regional studies Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3 (1). pp. 355-367.

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Abstract

The contemporary conditions of academic capitalism exert pressures on researchers to avoid ‘peripheral’ journals and ‘unfashionable’ topics. This paper sheds a light onto the structure of one such ‘offbeat’ field, namely ‘border region studies’, by discussing its geographical distribution, key themes, significance and impact. The review suggests that border region studies can be considered a significant and important ‘branch’ of regional studies, which accounts for a small but increasing proportion of regional studies research, particularly in Europe and North America. Four main distinct, but interconnected, research themes are discussed: cooperation, development, governance and mobility. Based on the review, potential directions for further research are proposed and the implications of valuing research based almost solely on journal rankings is scrutinized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Hospitality & Tourism
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Williams, AllanAllan.Williams@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Makkonen, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 August 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/21681376.2016.1209982
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article, published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence
Uncontrolled Keywords : Border region studies, cross-border cooperation, governance, integration, mobility, regional development, regional science, regional studies
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Mar 2017 16:18
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 14:05
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813885

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