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European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation, by Stefanie Dühr, Claire Colomb & Vincent Nadin, published by Routledge, 2010.

Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction and overview of European policy on spatial planning and territorial cooperation, including sections on policy instruments such as ESPON and IINTERREG.

The New Spatial Planning: Territorial Management with Soft Spaces and Fuzzy Bounbdaries, by Graham Haughton, Philip Allmendinger, David Counsell, Geoff Vigar, published by Routledge 2010.

In what the authors refer to as the New Spatial Planning, there is a fairly rapidly evolving maturity and sophistication in how strategies are developed and produced. Crucially, the authors argue that the reworked boundaries of spatial planning means that to understand it we need to look as much outside the formal system of practices of ‘planning’ as within it. The book takes a critical look at recent practices to see whether the new spatial planning is having the kinds of impacts its advocates would wish. Chapters cover case studies in spatial planning in practice in the Republic of Ireland (Cork) Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England as well as a providing a useful discussion on the future of spatial planning in the UK.

Further publications and information on this research project are available here.

Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning, edited by Simin Davoudi and Ian Strange, published by Routledge, 2009.

Bringing together authors from academia and practice, this book examines spatial planning at different places throughout the UK and Ireland. Six illustrative case studies of practice examine which conceptions of space and place have been articulated, presented and visualized through the production of spatial strategies. Ranging from a large conurbation (London) to regional (Yorkshire and Humber) and national levels, the case studies give a rounded and grounded view of the physical results and the theory behind them. While there is widespread support for re-orienting planning towards space and place, there has been little common understanding about what constitutes ‘spatial planning’, and what conceptions of space and place underpin it. This book addresses these questions and stimulates debate and critical thinking about space and place among academic and professional planners.

European Spatial Research and Planning, edited by Andreas Faludi, published by the Lincoln Institute (USA), 2008.

This book focusses specfically on the relationship between the ESPON programme and developments in European spatial planning and territorial cohesion policy.  Thematic chapters provide an overview of spatial development challenges facing policy and practice in Europe including demography, accessibility, competitiveness and climate change as well as a critical discussion ofthe achievements to date of the ESPON programme.

Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged European Union, edited by Neil Adams, Jeremy Alden & Neil Harris, published by Ashgate, 2006.

Includes case studies focussing on differences and similarities in approaches to regional development and spatial planning in both the ‘Celtic Periphery’ (Wales, Scotland & Ireland) and the ‘Baltic States’ (Latvia and Lithuania) .

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