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Evaluating regional spatial imaginaries: the Oxford–Cambridge Arc

Valler, Dave; Jonas, Andrew E.G.; Robinson, Laura


Dave Valler

Laura Robinson


© 2020 Regional Studies Association. The process of imagination is central to region formation, underpinning the spatial definition and territorial bounding of areas, the development of spatial identity and institutional capacity, and the cultivation of social relations and networks. While recent academic contributions have crystallized certain theoretical dimensions, attempts to evaluate the nature and efficacy of regional spatial imaginaries remain ad hoc. In this paper we derive a general evaluative frame and six associated criteria against which particular regional spatial imaginaries can be appraised. These are then deployed to evaluate two major episodes in the construction of the putative ‘Oxford–Cambridge Arc’ in southern England.


Valler, D., Jonas, A. E., & Robinson, L. (in press). Evaluating regional spatial imaginaries: the Oxford–Cambridge Arc. Territory, Politics, Governance,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 6, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 19, 2022
Journal Territory, Politics, Governance
Print ISSN 2162-2671
Electronic ISSN 2162-268X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Spatial imaginaries; Regionalisation; Regional formation; City-regions; Evaluation
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