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A Research Agenda for Shrinking Cities

Justin B. Hollander, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy Planning, Tufts University, US
This prescient book presents the intellectual terrain of shrinking cities while exploring the key research questions in each of the field’s sub-domains and reviewing the range of methodologies within these topics.
Extent: c 168 pp
Hardback Price: $99.95 Web: $89.95
Publication Date: January 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 632 1
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  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Urban Studies
  • Planning
Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This prescient book presents the intellectual terrain of shrinking cities while exploring the key research questions in each of the field’s sub-domains and reviewing the range of methodologies within these topics.

The book begins with an introduction outlining what shrinking cities are and how they are researched, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges that arise in this field, including the big ideas any researcher must grapple with. The next six chapters are each devoted to a different sub-domain within shrinking cities, offering a quick overview of the topics, relevant problems, paradoxes and key research questions. The author concludes with a review of the major themes and, most importantly, looks toward the future, predicting and anticipating the most significant future research trends related to shrinking cities.

This accessible and compelling Research Agenda will be of interest to researchers looking to move into this area. It will also appeal to urban studies and planning instructors who are teaching research methods courses, and students studying or independently researching shrinking cities.

‘What should shrinking cities research be about? Justin Hollander's new book addresses this question and sheds light on all related aspects – from neighborhood planning to the personal experiences of scholars and citizens. A must read and not only for academics!’
– Karina Pallagst, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

‘Urban shrinkage has claimed its deserved prominence on the international urban research and policy agenda. Now that it is finally acknowledged as a structural phenomenon, how do we take the next steps to advance the urban shrinkage debate? Justin Hollander is the perfect guide, helping us to ask the right questions and find the most effective ways to answer them, and daring us to go beyond the beaten paths. This book is inspiring reading for academics, students and professionals aiming to better understand shrinking cities and their developmental challenges.’
– Marco Bontje, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. Getting Acquainted with the Field 2. Regional Perspectives 3. Focus on Loca 4. Neighborhood Action 5. Downtowns 6. Social Equity 7. Measuring Success in a Shrinking City 8. Conclusion: A Look to the Future Index