Regional and Local Development


a) To present the basic concepts on regional and local development; b) Analyse and discuss regional and urban models; c) Acknowledge the importance of the connections between Development and Territorial Planning; d) Territorial resilience and \"happiness\"; e) Smart Cities; f) To inform on the connections between Governance and entrepreneurship.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Teaching language





Glaeser, E. (2011), Triumph of the City, MacMillan Lacy, P. & Rutqvist, J. (2015), Waste to Wealth: the Circular Economy Advantage Pyke, A., Rodriguez, A., Tomaney, John (Ed.) (2015). Local and Regional Development (Critical Concepts in Geography).London: Routledge. OECD (2019), Rethinking Regional Development Policy Making, Paris. Storper, M. (2015). The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies (Innovation and Technology in the World Economy), Stanford University Press.

Teaching method

Teaching methods are based in theoretical and practical classes where concepts and case studies are highlighted. The participation of the students is most welcomed, as one argues in favour of a learning methodology very built in professor-student interaction.

Evaluation method

Evaluation is assessed through a written paper (weighthing 60% of total) and a written examination (40%).

Subject matter

1) Regional development paradigms and models. 2) Geographical concentration and flexible specialisation. 3) Industrial districts, Clusters and Smart Cities. 4) Entrepreneurship, resilience and territorial sustainability. 5) Circular Economy : the new advantages 6) Sustainable and ´Happy´ Cities 7) EU Cohesion and Cities Policy 8) Regional and Urban Development in Portugal.