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What we talk about when we talk (again) about Secondary Cities

What we talk about when we talk (again) about Secondary Cities

A new book is out with contributions from Rodrigo Cardoso (SPS, Urbanism) and Evert Meijers (Utrecht University, formerly TU Delft Urbanism) and it opens up wholly new ways of thinking about the secondary city experience in the Global North. Secondary cities “are intuitively obvious but empirically slippery”, claim the editors. They are the smaller cities...
New Special Issue on the process of metropolisation - by Rodrigo Cardoso and Evert Meijers

New Special Issue on the process of metropolisation – by Rodrigo Cardoso and Evert Meijers

The first issue of 2021 of Urban Geography is a special issue guest edited by Rodrigo Cardoso and Evert Meijers. Based on our long-standing research agenda and several special sessions in conferences, we joined forces with other authors to consolidate the concept of metropolisation as a lens to examine regional and metropolitan integration processes. We...
Urban Geography master students reflect on Covid-19 and its impact on our cities

Urban Geography master students reflect on Covid-19 and its impact on our cities

In recent months, no other topic has framed our attention, constrained our activity and defined our lifestyle as much as the Covid-19 global pandemic. As thousands of papers, news articles and opinion pieces written about it attest, there is hardly any area of society that the pandemic does not touch upon. And there is hardly...
New ESPON project - Interregional relations in Europe

New ESPON project – Interregional relations in Europe

A new ESPON research project, “Interregional relations in Europe” (IRiE) launched last week. Dominic Stead and Rodrigo Cardoso, from SP&S, represent TU Delft in a consortium led by Nasuvinsa, from the Government of Navarra. Other partners include the Centre for Economic Prediction – CEPREDE (Spain), University of Eastern Finland (Finland), S&W Urban and Regional Research...
What we talk about when we talk about second cities

What we talk about when we talk about second cities

When we talk about urban regions, we often talk about a large core city – a Greater London, Paris, Manchester or Somewhere – surrounded by a rather indistinct hinterland of small and medium-sized secondary cities, which don’t differ much other than being closer to or further away from the core. In Europe, made of a...
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