Comparing Cross-Border Metropolitan Planning

This post-doc project is supported by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg (FNR).

The aim of this project is to examine the integration processes in two cross-border metropolitan areas: Luxembourg and Lille. By referring to an original analysis framework, it evaluates the nature and intensity of the institutional cross-border integration and highlights the elements that structure the cooperation between the actors in the field of planning. The hypothesis is that urban development projects may serve as leverages for the emergence of broader and more effective forms of transnational governance, in which very different kinds of stakeholders can be involved. Using a comparative approach, the analysis seeks to clarify the elements that structure the cooperation between the protagonists in the cross-border metropolitan areas.

Luxembourg and Lille have been selected because of their profile. Whilst no cooperation area adapted to the current scale of the functional metropolis has yet come to fruition in Luxembourg, the example of Lille shows that cross-border cooperation has been developed across a space whose extension is close to that of the functional metropolitan area. The presence of a national border offers an opportunity to invent original forms of governance, increases the autonomy of the local authorities by different types of cooperation which transcend the institutional and territorial divides, and enables the international character of the metropolitan centre to be valued for what it is. In a context of global competition, these features represent an undeniable benefit.

Institutional framework
This post-doc project is part of the Metroborder project. It is undertaken at the Department of Geography at CEPS/INSTEAD in Luxembourg.

Metropolisation, polycentricity, cross-border, urban planning, Greater Region, Luxembourg, Lille

Dr Frédéric Durand

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