Soft Spaces, Spatial Planning and Territorial Management in Europe

funded by the Hamburg Research and Science Foundation (2011-2013)

This academic research project was concerned with the emergence and characteristics of forms of non-statutory spatialities (soft spaces) in Europe. The project includes both city-regional and cross-border case studies, located in Germany, France, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland.  The project was led by Prof. Joerg Knieling and Dr Frank Othengrafen at HafenCity University Hamburg. I was directly involved in the case studies of the island of Ireland, Fehmarnbelt region (Northern Germany and Denmark) and Hamburg Metropolitan Region as well as the comparative analytical and conceptual work of the project.

The following book chapters were published, based on the results of the project case studies:

Walsh, C., (2015) Creating a Space for Cooperation: Soft Spaces, Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation on the Island of Ireland. In: Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G., Knieling J., Othengrafen, F. (Eds.), Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating Governance, Boundaries and Borders, London: Routledge, 192-212.

Walsh, C., Jacuniak-Suda, M., Knieling, J., (2015) Soft Spaces across the Fehmarnbelt: Territorial Re-shaping and Transnational Region-building. In: Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G., Knieling J., Othengrafen, F. (Eds.), Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating Governance, Boundaries and Borders, London: Routledge, 151-173.

Jacuniak-Suda, M., Walsh, C.,  Knieling, J., (2015) Soft Spaces in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg. In: Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G., Knieling J., Othengrafen, F. (Eds.), Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating Governance, Boundaries & Borders. Routledge, London, 45-76.