In this track, urban regional interactions will be addressed as a means for urban development at the local and regional level. A core issue is to provide students with a deeper understanding of alternative strategies for creating competitive sustainable urban regions. The prerequisites to succeed depend on many factors, such as the institutional context, political commitment, supranational policies (e.g EU), existing socio-economic structures and relations with other regions, which define the context for governance and coordinated action.
Other issues that will be covered are among others the dynamics of retail and service provision, labour markets and infrastructure development. In addition, the cultural, environmental and social determinants will be studied as carriers of sustainable urban and regional development.