9. Bridging gaps in transnational planning

While hyperactivity of global financial capital (Sassen, 1994) seems to continue in full-speed, looking for profitable locations across the borders, some recent geo-political and economic trends require new discussions in the field of transnational spatial governance and planning. ‘Borderless world’ has become quite a shadowy concept for one, due to increasing terror threats and attacks across the globe and increasing cross-border mobility triggered by wars, and other forms of social or political unrest. These fears have fuelled a new spate of wall-building along the borders around the globe even within the EU. Another interesting trend is fuelled by Brexit, with unclear consequences of UK’s leaving the EU, which may also influence transnational regulations of spatial governance and planning. In relation to these trends, rules of supranational trade agreements may change, causing new rescaling tendencies of governance. There are obviously some gaps in theory not only in understanding how these new trends will shape new political, economic and spatial relations in Europe and elsewhere, but also in discussing their consequences for transnational spatial governance and planning.

Aiming to capture these new trends and their long and short term impacts, this track on “Bridging gaps in transnational planning” will put together planning scholars who will bring fresh blood to the traditional transnational planning field with rich case studies, empirical evidence and conceptual frameworks to close the gap. Potential themes of interest might include, but are not limited to: