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Urban and Regional Development

  • By: Mark de Socio
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Students of urban and regional development consider the social, economic, and political forces that shape, and are shaped by, the physical and social landscapes of metropolitan areas. Urban and regional development is a multidisciplinary subject of study that draws interest from scholars affiliated with a broad range of social and physical sciences, including planning, sociology, geography, political science, anthropology, and health and environmental sciences. The multidisciplinary nature of urban and regional development should not be surprising given the significance of the city, and more recently the concept of the region, in each of these disciplines. Placing a boundary around the term urban and regional development is, consequently, a difficult task. Indeed, given the disciplinary intersections inherent in urban and regional development, any effort at delimiting ...

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