Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Regional and Local Development



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Geografia e Planeamento Regional



Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To present the regional and local development basic concepts;
b) To analyse and discuss the regional and local development fundamental models;
c) To pass over a set of knowledge on the territorial competitiveness and resilience models;
d) To convey knowledge on governance and entrepreneurship;
e) To point out the importance and significance of the inter-connections between regional development and territorial planning;
f) To supply competences on the EU Cohesion Policy.



Subject matter

1) Regional development paradigms.
2) Regional development models.
3) Geographical concentration and flexible specialisation.
4) Industrial districts and clusters.
5) Regional competitiveness and territorial planning .
6) New goals of the territorial planning.
7) Local governance and entrepreneurship.
8) The EU Cohesion Policy. Other EU policies with territorial impact.


McCann, P. (2015). The Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union. London:Edward-Elgar.

Lopes, A. S. (2001). Desenvolvimento Regional (5ª ed.). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Pike, A., Rodriguez, A., Tomaney, J. (Ed.) (2015). Local and Regional Development (Critical Concepts in Geography). London: Routledege.

OECD (Ed.) 2008). Portugal Territorial Review. Paris: OECD.

Quevit, M. (1993). Relations entre Aménagement du Territoire et Développement Régional Equilibré. Bruxelles: Parlement Européen.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative teaching; discussion of case-studies; field work.

Evaluation method

Written essay with oral presentation,followed by open discussion [40% of the final grade].
Written test [60% of the final grade].

[According to the assessment of FCSH rules, the proposed evaluation elements introduced to students in the first class may suffer readjustments, namely in the weight of each element].