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Proximity economics and environment: assessment and prospects


  • Andre Torre
  • Bertrand Zuindeau


The use of the theoretical tools provided by proximity economics to address environmental questions, and the emergence of analyses revitalising the role of the spatial dimension in environmental problems, date from the late 1990s. This paper first aims to provide a review of the research conducted in this field and second to suggest some future research directions concerning the respective roles of geographical proximity and organised proximity in the production and management of environmental problems. First, it deals with the topic of 'geographical proximity and land-use conflicts', a topic that is currently the most researched in this field. This is followed by a discussion of the role of organised proximity in the regulation of environmental problems. The paper then explores the relation between the uncertainty associated with environmental issues and relations of organised proximity. Next it outlines a few possible research directions, focusing more particularly on the roles of geographical proximity as a mode of regulation of environmental problems, and on the possible role of organised proximity in their production. The concluding section draws an overview of the departures and extensions that have resulted from taking into account environmental issues in the paradigm of proximity economics.

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  • Andre Torre & Bertrand Zuindeau, 2009. "Proximity economics and environment: assessment and prospects," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(1), pages 1-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:52:y:2009:i:1:p:1-24
    DOI: 10.1080/09640560802504613

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    1. Damien Talbot & Thierry Kirat, 2005. "Proximité et Institutions : nouveaux éclairages," Post-Print hal-00383264, HAL.
    2. Maryline Filippi & André Torre, 2005. "Proximités et changements socio-économiques dans les mondes ruraux," Post-Print hal-00388487, HAL.
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    1. Pierre-Alexandre Balland & Ron Boschma & Koen Frenken, 2015. "Proximity and Innovation: From Statics to Dynamics," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(6), pages 907-920, June.
    2. André Torre & Frederic Wallet Wallet, 2013. "The role of proximity relations in regional and territorial development processes," ERSA conference papers ersa13p792, European Regional Science Association.
    3. André Torre, 2014. "Proximity relations at the heart of territorial development processes: from clusters, spatial conflicts and temporary geographical proximity to territorial governance," Chapters,in: Regional Development and Proximity Relations, chapter 2, pages 94-134 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Gaël Plumecocq, 2013. "The Institutionalisation of Multi-level Changes: Sustainable Development, Values and Territory," Post-Print hal-00994871, HAL.


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