Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Volume 8, Number 2, 2016

 

Michael SOFER, Tony SORENSEN, Jerzy BAŃSKI , Guest Editors

 

Foreword

The analysis of urban and regional development affairs is a complex task, and one that has many competing and worthwhile perspectives, on a huge array of issues whose importance and approaches to analysis often varies between countries. In many ways, this volume testifies amply to such themes and illustrates the rich tapestry of problems, and their analysis and remedies in both developed and developing economies. And of course systems of           governance also vary significantly between countries, so that ideas and analysis generated in one jurisdiction may not apply readily to others. This said, much can be gained from reading about issues, their form, resulting problems, and potential solutions in other countries, whether involving governments, the market sector or both together. As we, the guest editors see it, the articles in this issue of Jura could well spark new ideas among readers about the definition and analysis of spatial problems, whether urban or rural, and the success or otherwise of attempts to manage them.

The contributions also cover such diverse issues as infrastructure, job opportunities, income, levels of welfare, housing, cultural issues, traditions, and the respective roles of government and the market sector. Indeed, the swirl of perspectives and ideas on all these issues will become ever more  important in our current age which is dominated by a huge array of transformative technologies. So there is much to learn from how different countries or regional administrations manage their urban, regional and rural affairs in our complex and uncertain world. In assembling this collection of papers the editorial team also saw it as their duty to help contributors whose first language was not English to assist them in improving their expression and delivery of ideas.