POLYNET: Sustainable Management of European Polycentric Mega-City Regions
Funded by European Regional Development Fund, INTERREG IIIB NWE
(Community Initiative Concerning Transnational Co-operation, Spatial Planning 2000-2006)
Lead partner: Sir Peter Hall and Kathryn Pain (The Young Foundation, London)
Robert Kloosterman (University of Amsterdam)
Michael Hoyler and Peter Meusburger (University of Heidelberg)
Ludovic Halbert (Université Paris-1)
John Yarwood (Urban Institute, Ireland)
Alain Thierstein and Christian Kruse (NSL & IRL, Zurich)
Rainer Danielzyk (ILS Dortmund)
Christian Vandermotten (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Peter Taylor (Loughborough)
Research associates at Loughborough: David Walker and David Evans
[Results and Media Coverage]
POLYNET is a three year project that examines changes in functional connections and information flows (physical/transportation and virtual/ICT) in major urban regions across North West Europe.
- To investigate how contemporary business decentralisation and spatial concentration are affecting patterns of network flows for advanced producer services in seven major NWE polycentric 'Global-Mega-City-Regions' in 6 NWE countries
- To analyse the impact on changes in patterns of network behaviour on information flows across north-west Europe and the EU in general
- To investigate the effect of behaviour in one city-region on others (inter-regional as well as intra-regional)
- To understand and structure these activities within a geographically-specific research framework that will have a transnational relevance and policy impact.
These objectives will be attained through quantitative analyses of personal movements, business network connections and telecommunications traffic, as well as a qualitative analysis of business linkages, with the aim of proposing new policy recommendations and response. Various teams will conduct case studies of selected mega-city regions using similar methodology, as well as a number of comparative analyses, and in so doing contribute to the knowledge base on spatial relations in the north-west Europe.
The outcome of the project will be the establishment of a Transnational Policy Network to promote the development of complementary spatial plans to encourage polycentricity and enhance interconnections at local, regional, national and transnational levels.
For results of this project, see:
Peter Hall and Kathy Pain (eds) (2006): The Polycentric Metropolis: Learning from Mega-City Regions in Europe. Earthscan.
Ludovic Halbert, Frank J. Convery and Alain Thierstein (eds) (2006): Reflections on the Polycentric Metropolis, Built Environment 32(2).
Michael Hoyler, Robert C. Kloosterman and Martin Sokol (eds) (2008): Globalization, City-Regions and Polycentricity in North-West Europe, Regional Studies 42(8).
Research Reports (Polynet Public Download Area); GaWC Research Bulletins 191, 199, 201, 220, 226, 228 and 260
Financial Times 18 February 2005, worldchanging 28 July 2005, Frankfurter Rundschau 30 July 2005, Planning Resource 24 May 2006, Planning 26 May 2006, Regeneration & Renewal 9 June 2006, Münchner Merkur 27 June 2006