Track 16

Multi-national and Cross-border Planning and Inter-regional Cooperation

  • Adriana Dorfman
    • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
    • adriana.dorfman@ufrgs.br
  • Sergio Peña
    • El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Mexico)
    • (656) 616-7490
  • Didier Paris
    • Université de Lille 1 (France)
    • didier.paris@univ-lille1.fr

Contemporary borders represent critical issues in many parts of the world, not only geopolitical issues, but also human and social issues, linked to population flows generated by wealth gaps between countries and between continents. All around the world, walls are raised to hinder men’s movements.

However, borders also represent a field of cooperation, between States, regions, or neighbouring or twin cities. In this context, how does the border concentrate projects and schemes, in particular where cities and conurbations develop in border condition? What are the formal and informal cooperation initiatives that emerge between States, regions and cities, across borders? What are the conflicts that rise from these initiatives?

The aim of this track is to describe and understand the processes of construction of cross-border projects, of territorial reorganisation and constitution of supranational networks of cities or regions, and to analyse and evaluate the planning policies that accompany these processes.