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The Small Towns conundrum: What do we do about them? (2019)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R. (2019). The Small Towns conundrum: What do we do about them?. Regional Statistics, 9(2), 3-19. https://doi.org/10.15196/RS090201

Small Towns have long been seen as an important element in Europe’s urban structure, currently around 24.2% of the European population live in them. Despite this, we know relatively little about them and there is insufficient recognition of the role... Read More about The Small Towns conundrum: What do we do about them?.

Governing urban regeneration in the UK: a case of ‘variegated neoliberalism’ in action? (2019)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R., Tallon, A., & Williams, D. (2019). Governing urban regeneration in the UK: a case of ‘variegated neoliberalism’ in action?. European Planning Studies, 27(6), 1083-1106. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1598020

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The article focuses on the redevelopment of previously developed land by public-private sector partnerships in three cities/towns in South-West England, two of which can be descr... Read More about Governing urban regeneration in the UK: a case of ‘variegated neoliberalism’ in action?.

Area-based initiatives – a facilitator for participatory governance? (2018)
Book Chapter
Atkinson, R., & Zimmermann, K. (2018). Area-based initiatives – a facilitator for participatory governance?. In H. Heinelt, & S. Münch (Eds.), Handbook on Participatory GovernanceEdward Elgar

Area-based initiatives (ABI) emerged in the 1980s and 1990s as a new policy tool in the context of urban regeneration in various European countries, most notably Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, France and - somewhat later – Germany. The wider appli... Read More about Area-based initiatives – a facilitator for participatory governance?.

European spatial planning policy (2018)
Book Chapter
Atkinson, R., & Zimmermann, K. (2018). European spatial planning policy. In H. Heinelt, & S. Munch (Eds.), Handbook on EU PoliciesEdward Elgar

In this chapter we argue that there has been a growing interest in spatial planning policies supported by the European Commission and a limited number of member states across Europe for several decades and that its roots lie in the planning systems a... Read More about European spatial planning policy.

Self-organisation and the co-production of governance: The challenge of local responses to climate change (2018)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R., Dörfler, T., & Rothfuß, E. (2018). Self-organisation and the co-production of governance: The challenge of local responses to climate change. Politics and Governance, 6(1), 169-179. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i1.1210

© 2018 by the authors; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). The arena of locally embedded and engendered responses to climate change offers a particularly fruitful and challenging space in which to scrutinise the encounters between established form... Read More about Self-organisation and the co-production of governance: The challenge of local responses to climate change.

Making the case for self-organisation: Understanding how communities make sense of sustainability & climate change through collective action (2017)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R., Dörfler, T., Hasanov, M., Rothfuss, E., & Smith, I. (2017). Making the case for self-organisation: Understanding how communities make sense of sustainability & climate change through collective action. International Journal of Sustainable Society, 9(3), 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10009301

Understanding how civil society and community groups take on the challenge of climate change is key to understanding the capacity of society as a whole to adapt in the face of climate change in ways that acknowledge a broader need for a sustainable s... Read More about Making the case for self-organisation: Understanding how communities make sense of sustainability & climate change through collective action.

Governing urban regeneration: Planning and regulatory tools in the UK (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Atkinson, R., Tallon, A., & Williams, D. (2017, July). Governing urban regeneration: Planning and regulatory tools in the UK. Paper presented at AESOP Annual Congress 2017

Drawing on our initial work as part of the PARCOUR (Public Accountability to Residents in COntractual Urban Redevelopment) research project this paper will investigate the forms of governance arrangements developed in three UK case studies (Bristol,... Read More about Governing urban regeneration: Planning and regulatory tools in the UK.

Policies for Small and Medium-Sized Towns: European, National and Local Approaches (2017)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R. (2017). Policies for Small and Medium-Sized Towns: European, National and Local Approaches. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 108(4), 472-487. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12253

© 2017 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG This paper addresses the ‘policy dimension’ of the TOWN project drawing on the implications of the case studies for policy(ies) for small and medium-sized towns (SMSTs) across Europe. It first considers ap... Read More about Policies for Small and Medium-Sized Towns: European, National and Local Approaches.

Small and Medium-Sized Towns in Europe: Conceptual, Methodological and Policy Issues (2017)
Journal Article
Hamdouch, A., Atkinson, R., Servillo, L., & Hamdouch, A. (2017). Small and Medium-Sized Towns in Europe: Conceptual, Methodological and Policy Issues. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 108(4), 365-379. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12252

© 2017 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG Despite that small and medium-sized towns (SMSTs) have been, and continue to be, a central part of the history of Europe, these places have largely been neglected by urban research. The ESPON TOWN project,... Read More about Small and Medium-Sized Towns in Europe: Conceptual, Methodological and Policy Issues.

Who is responsible for incorporating the notion of 'public interest' into sustainable urban developments? A case study of three sites in the south-west of England (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Williams, D., Atkinson, R., & Tallon, A. (2017, January). Who is responsible for incorporating the notion of 'public interest' into sustainable urban developments? A case study of three sites in the south-west of England. Paper presented at 49th Annual UTSG Conference

Public-private partnership agreements between local authorities and government agencies and developers have become the modus operandi in the UK since the 1990s for the regeneration of brownfield sites in UK towns and cities. This paper explores these... Read More about Who is responsible for incorporating the notion of 'public interest' into sustainable urban developments? A case study of three sites in the south-west of England.

A comparison of public-private partnership development of previously used land in the UK (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Williams, D., Atkinson, R., & Tallon, A. (2016, November). A comparison of public-private partnership development of previously used land in the UK. Paper presented at RSA Winter Conference 2016

In the UK public-private partnerships are currently the only method of developing previously used land. How these partnerships are formed and how they work can differ considerably however, depending on the approach taken by the partners. Through inte... Read More about A comparison of public-private partnership development of previously used land in the UK.

Cohesion policy and cities: An ambivalent relationship? (2016)
Book Chapter
Atkinson, R., & Zimmermann, K. (2016). Cohesion policy and cities: An ambivalent relationship?. In S. Piattoni, & L. Polverari (Eds.), Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU, 413-426. Edward Elagar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784715670.00042

Since the early 1990s the European Commission has launched several urban initiatives that were considered to be part of Cohesion policy. Initiatives such as URBAN I and URBAN II were widely accepted as successful urban programmes that helped cities t... Read More about Cohesion policy and cities: An ambivalent relationship?.

The urban dimension in cohesion policy: Past developments and future prospects (2015)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R. (2015). The urban dimension in cohesion policy: Past developments and future prospects. European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 3(1), 21-31

Over the last 20 years the EU has implemented a wide range of initiatives on urban policy and urban matters more generally; a ‘European Urban Agenda’ has emerged and gradually the European Commission is working to ‘create’ a ‘consensus’ that may one... Read More about The urban dimension in cohesion policy: Past developments and future prospects.

Territorial attractiveness in EU urban and spatial policy: A critical review and future research agenda (2012)
Journal Article
Servillo, L., Atkinson, R., & Russo, A. P. (2012). Territorial attractiveness in EU urban and spatial policy: A critical review and future research agenda. European Urban and Regional Studies, 19(4), 349-365. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776411430289

The paper introduces the concept of territorial assets and discusses their role for regional development. Focusing on European societies and taking into account different strands of the literature on place and territorial capital, we argue that the e... Read More about Territorial attractiveness in EU urban and spatial policy: A critical review and future research agenda.

Understanding sustainability policy: Governance, knowledge and the search for integration (2011)
Journal Article
Atkinson, R., & Klausen, J. E. (2011). Understanding sustainability policy: Governance, knowledge and the search for integration. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 13(3), 231-251. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2011.578403

The EU, through the Cardiff and the Gothenburg strategies, sought to counter what was seen as fragmented and uncoordinated environmental policy development by promoting a broad and integrated approach to sustainability. This article seeks to assess t... Read More about Understanding sustainability policy: Governance, knowledge and the search for integration.

Mobility and the smart, green and inclusive Europe (2011)
Journal Article
Smith, I., & Atkinson, R. (2011). Mobility and the smart, green and inclusive Europe. Local Economy, 26(6-7), 562-576. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094211418899

The article sets out a two-dimensional regional typology combining measures of migration and visiting rates. It argues that forms of mobility are interrelated but that the relationship varies by broad type of region and it argues for a place-based ap... Read More about Mobility and the smart, green and inclusive Europe.

Sustainability in European environment policy: challenges of governance and knowledge (2010)
Book
Atkinson, R., Terizakis, G., & Zimmermann, K. (2010). Sustainability in European environment policy: challenges of governance and knowledge. Routledge

This book is based on an FR6 Research project – Governance for Sustainability – and constitutes one of the main outputs of the project. The book develops a highly original and innovative analytical model for the study of governance and knowledge and... Read More about Sustainability in European environment policy: challenges of governance and knowledge.

Cities and the ‘soft side’ of Europeanization: the role of urban networks (2010)
Book Chapter
Atkinson, R., & Rossignolo, C. (2010). Cities and the ‘soft side’ of Europeanization: the role of urban networks. In A. Hamedinger, & A. Wolffhardt (Eds.), The Europeanization of Cities - Policies, Urban Change & Urban NetworksTechne Press

This chapter addresses the impact of the Europeanization process on cities; how cities are influenced by the process and how they influence the process. It breaks new ground by identifying and examining the types of networks that cities create (engag... Read More about Cities and the ‘soft side’ of Europeanization: the role of urban networks.

Spatial planning, urban policy and the search for integration: the example of a medium sized city – Plymouth (2010)
Book Chapter
Atkinson, R. (2010). Spatial planning, urban policy and the search for integration: the example of a medium sized city – Plymouth. In M. Cerreta, G. Concillo, & V. Monno (Eds.), Making Strategies in Spatial Planning: Knowledges and Values, 101-122. Springer

An examination of how thinking on European Spatial Policy has impacted on England, the chapter seeks to examine this process of translation from the European to the national to the local level. It does this through a case study of Plymouth. The chapt... Read More about Spatial planning, urban policy and the search for integration: the example of a medium sized city – Plymouth.