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Territorial Cohesion

The Urban Dimension

  • Eduardo Medeiros
  • The first-ever book to debate on the urban dimension of territorial cohesion

  • Presents a collection of chapters covering all main aspects related to the urban dimension of territorial cohesion

  • By focusing on territorial cohesion processes, it will appeal to a wide audience, including economists, sociologists, environmentalists, urbanists, geographers, policymakers, etc


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Territorial Cohesion and the Urban Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jacek Zaucha, Tomasz Komornicki
      Pages 39-66
  3. Territorial Cohesion and Urban Balanced Systems?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Bjørnar Sæther, Bjørn Terje Andersen, Erik Hagen
      Pages 91-109
  4. Territorial Cohesion and Urban Development Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Giancarlo Cotella
      Pages 133-151
    3. Paulo Neto, Maria Manuel Serrano, Anabela Santos
      Pages 153-172
    4. Kai Böhme, Christian Lüer, Maria Toptsidou
      Pages 173-191
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-196

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of several urban related aspects that are of central importance to successful territorial cohesion processes. In essence, it sheds new light on issues concerning urban polycentrism, functional urban regions, integrated sustainable urban development, and the EU Urban Agenda; and on how they can help to achieve territorial cohesion policy goals. As an elusive and fairly recent concept, territorial cohesion has to date only been vaguely debated in the available literature, which for the most part focuses on its historical origins and its relevance for EU policymaking. Instead, this book synthesizes, for the first time, a range of perspectives that place urban elements and policies at the core of territorial cohesion analysis. As such, and given the fact that territorial cohesion is a holistic concept, the book will appeal to a broad readership from both the academic and policymaking arenas.


Territorial Cohesion Urban Dimension Polycentrism Functional Urban Regions Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategies Urban Agenda ESPON Spatial Inequalities Urban Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Eduardo Medeiros
    • 1
  1. 1.DINÂMIA’CET-IULInstituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)LisbonPortugal

About the editors

Eduardo Medeiros is a Geography Professor, a Senior Researcher of DINÂMIA'CET-IUL, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and a DG REGIO expert.

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“The book offers a multitude of perspectives on territorial cohesion and related policies. … I consider the work as more than welcome contribution and a milestone for all scholars who would like to understand the urban dimension of territorial cohesion, and its manifestation at the EU Policy level and in various European contexts.” (Angelica Stan, Eurasian Geography and Economics, September 30, 2020)