Foregrounding Urban Agendas

The New Urban Issue in European Experiences of Policy-Making

  • Simonetta Armondi
  • Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Multi-scalar Agendas at the National and Supranational Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cristina Cavaco, Rui Florentino, Ana Pagliuso
      Pages 49-73
    3. Iveta Reinholde, Malvīne Stučka
      Pages 75-94
  3. Region-Making and Metropolitan Areas in Multi-level Agendas

  4. Metropolitan and City Regions Agendas

  5. Regional and Urban Agendas Between Policy and Planning

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-316

About this book


This book highlights the discontinuities and the ongoing development of the urban question in policy-making in the context of the controversial current issues of global reversal and regional revival. It critically examines contemporary public policies and practices at the urban, regional and national scales in order to offer a timely contribution to the debate on the significance of the urban dimension and interpretation in terms of the theory, policy and practice of social-spatial research in the twenty-first century. 


Focusing on Europe, it explores the current urban policy agendas at different scales - and the mobility of those agendas -, their implications, contradictions and controversies. It brings together original contributions from multiple disciplines but with an urban perspective, including empirical case studies and critical discussions of the following topics:

  • the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the global “New Urban Agenda” as part of the Habitat III process;
  • the Urban Agenda for the European Union;
  • national spatial policies related to urban agendas;
  • urban agendas at regional/urban levels;
  • city regionalism discourse and state rescaling;
  • new formal regional and metropolitan governments as a solution (or problem);
  • the role of new actors in regional urbanization dynamics; 
  • multi-level governance processes in developing an urban agenda; 
  • informal assemblages at the metropolitan scale aiming at constructing the urban concept and dimension.

Given its scope, the book is of interest to urban, regional and EU policy-makers, scholars and students working in the fields of urban geography, urban studies, EU urban and regional policies, and planning.


Urban Agenda EU Urban Policy Regional Policy Urban Policy CIty Regionalism Rescaling Multilevel governance Soft Spaces Re-territorialisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Simonetta Armondi
    • 1
  • Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Spatial PlanningUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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