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From Cites to Global Cities: The Rise of the Global City-Region in North-West Europe

Author: Julie Caulier Grice
Published Date: 22 February 2008

This paper focuses on the results of a major transnational study that investigates the emergence of a new phenomenon in North West Europe - the global mega-city region - an area surrounding major cities that is becoming increasingly interconnected by advanced service networks. Four empirical studies examine the interrelationship between informational ‘flows’ and geographical ‘space’ in eight such regions to assess how far they are becoming more functionally polycentric. Mega-city region ‘First Cities’ are found to have a crucial ‘global gateway’ role that articulates the regional economy into global knowledge networks. Meanwhile, increasing cross-cutting commuting and business travel flows have major implications for environmental sustainability, policy and investment.

Tags: Europe