Transboundary Planning and Governance: from challenge to solution in times of crises?

Eva Purkarthofer*, Alois Humer

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This article introduces the AESOP Thematic Group “Transboundary Planning and Governance” and its recent organisational and thematic changes. It also scans recent research from the viewpoint of two interlinked key dimensions of transboundary planning and governance: scale and scope. By doing so, the article aims to highlight promising research perspectives related to transboundary and integrated planning, crossing administrative borders and siloes respectively. This is especially relevant with a view to the multiple crises society is currently facing. To date, transboundary planning and governance is often portrayed through the challenges it is facing. However, as this article argues, there is a need to move forward and focus on how the transboundary setting – often more flexible and malleable than other governance contexts – can make a contribution to address current crises.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Spatial Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • thematic group
  • scale
  • scope
  • soft spaces
  • soft planning
  • policy integration
  • policy transfer
  • planning system
  • planning culture
  • strategic planning
  • border
  • cross-border
  • city-region
  • integrated planning
  • sustainability


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