Dr Tassilo Herrschel

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My academically formative years I spent at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn, Germany (MSc Geography) and University College London (PhD). Currently, I am a Reader in Urban and Regional Development and Governance, From 2010 to 2013, I was a board member of the Regional Studies Association, responsible for knowledge transfer and consultations. Earlier, I was Chair of the Post-Socialist Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society. Jointly with Peter Newman, I established, and still co-direct, the Centre for Urban and Regional Governance (CURG) here at the University. I served as a Member of a grant Commissioning Panel for the ESRC and, was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Gdansk and a Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Berlin. Currently, I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat) of the IRS, and also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal European Urban and Regional Studies.

In 2014, I was awarded the 'best book' prize by the members of the Regional Studies Association for my 2013 book Cities, State and Globalisation: City-regional Governance in Europe and North America (Routledge).

I have held for many years memberships of relevant professional bodies, such as Fellowships of the Royal Geographical Society and, respectively,  the Regional Studies Association, and memberships of the Association of American Geographers and the Urban Affairs Association.

At this point I would like to gratefully acknowledge financial support for my work from inter alia the ESRC, British Academy, Quintin Hogg Foundation and the Regional Studies Association.

Regional Studies Studies Association

Nov 2015
RSA Research Network 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability'(Leibniz Institute of Ecological Regional Development Dresden, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Washington), duration 2016-2019, volume: £10,000

European Commission, ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC)

18 Dec 2015
Project Full Title:'Improving Anticipation and Social Inclusion in Living Labs for Smart City Governance'. Project number: 5618082; Main Applicant: Maastricht University – ICIS. Duration: 3/2016-2/2019; volume: € 1.14 mill

I possess many years of extensive teaching experience in political-economic and urban geography of Europe and North America, and my teaching stretches across all levels undergraduate to PhD supervision.

Currently, my teaching includes at undergraduate level  an introduction to global political economy, and a more specialist module on the politics of post-communist transition in Central and Eastern Europe, and extensive supervision of undergraduate dissertations with a wide range of topics. At post-graduate level, I teach a Masters class on the international comparative analysis of processes of post-authoritarian transition and democratisation, and supervise a wide range of MA dissertations. 

Research Supervision (MPhil, PhD theses)

My interests in supervising MPhil/PhD theses revolve around the topics of:

  • the political economy of democratisation processes in Western and 'transitional' (post-communist/ post-authoritarian) societies
  • the governance of economic competitiveness in combination with sustainability
  • processes of borders, 'bordering' and cross-border relations at varying scales, including questions of identity, nationality, etc
  • international (paradiplomatic) activities by subnational (urban and regional) actors
  • institutional and political relationships between state, society and capital, their territorial manifestations at different scales, and their impact on forms and function of governance.

Currently I supervise theses on democratisation, cross-border relations and identity in the state-building process in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the politics of ethnicity-based divisions in Lithuania. A recently successfully completed thesis looked at Europeanisation and nationalism in the relationship between Bulgaria and Macedonia.

My strong belief in high quality, engaging and inspiring teaching has been recognised repeatedly by Student Union's Staff Appreciation Awards in 2012 and 2013 as 'Outstanding Teacher', and, in 2014, as 'Outstanding Supervisor'.

Theoretically, my work sits in political economy, with a particular interest in relational and place-centric conceptualisations and analyses of economic processes and political and policy responses at the subnational, especially city-regional, level. This includes questions of the relationship between formally institutionalised territoriality and 'virtual' functional spatiality, and thus the border- and bounded-ness of relational and situational geographies. This involves moving between different scales of analysis, with a particular focus on large urban (metropolitan) areas taking a prominent role as interlocutors between the ‘local’ and the ‘international’. This includes cities and regions acting internationally across borders, adding a particular layer of international relations, while producing an increasingly visible distinction between places that apparently ‘matter’ and those that don’t so much. And such engagement may involve acting as cristallisation points of nationality within established states and the quest for independence (e.g. the Basque region).

My work feeds into three main strands of debate:

  • relational approaches with their emphasis on linkages, networks and flows as descriptors of economic and governance spaces;
  • place-based interpretations of economic development, place-based competitiveness, and governmental regimes and manifestations of governance practices
  • conceptualisation of state territories as scalar constructs in social, economic and political-governmental terms, and their link to constructed political-economic and societal-ideational geographies. 

Reflecting the interrelation and inter-connection between these processes, my main interests lie at the sub-national level of urban and regional, city-regional, economic governance and policy-making mechanisms, including those stretching into international level as part of paradiplomatic ambitions.

Geographically, my work includes bi-lateral studies of the UK and Germany, comparative studies at the European level – especially between 'West' and 'East' – and cross-continental comparisons between Europe and North America. This captures differing political cultures, place-based histories and ways of doing things, forms of governance and concepts of the position of the 'state' vis-a-vis society and the market. My work also includes policy-focused analyses, seeking to reach across the divide between theory and practice, and thus contribute to knowledge transfer between academia and policy-making practitioners.

Current research

Among my current research projects are:

  • A study of network governance at the local-regional level across international borders in the Baltic Sea Region (especially around the Øresund). This focuses on questions of shifting notions of territoriality and the production of peripherality, as an increasingly selective, urban-centric competitiveness agenda generates de facto marginalisation and peripheralisation of actors and spaces as part of network governance. And such geographic fragmentation stretches across geographic scales from the intra-metropolitan to the nation state and beyond – be that the European Union or the global level.
  • A globally (North-South, East-West) comparative analysis of 'smart' transitions in city-regional governance, set in a neo-liberal context, investigating democratic challenges to, and mechanisms of, addressing and negotiating between, conflicting and competing agendas – in terms of both policy field and spatial scale.
  • An analysis of the role of subnational actors on the international arena, examining the 'conceptual gap' between Urban Studies and International Relations, as they seek to address the growing the 'international' political engagement of cities next to the nation state. This includes voicing quests for devolution and independence by ‘nationality regions’.

   A European study into 'Improving Anticipation and Social Inclusion in Living Labs for   Smart City Governance' funded by Urban Europe JPI. The three year project, led by Maastricht University, aims to develop a Smart City Living Lab approach to effectively deal with two major risks to successful, widespread implementation of smart transport technologies: (1) unforeseen barriers to large-scale change in socio-technical systems, and (2) exclusion of social groups not matching the required ‘smart citizen’ profile. This novel, ‘smarter’ approach will be developed, tested and refined by retrospective analysis of urban mobility governance and by action research in Living Lab experiments in the cities of Bellinzona, Brussels, Graz and Maastricht. My work sits in the 'Brussels team' (Brussels Centre for Urban Studies/Cosmopolis, VUB) whose work package focuses on the theoretical-conceptual framework of the project and its analytical approach. 

My research has also fed into consultancy work, such as assessing ESPON projects, and involves visiting research fellowships, such as at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), Erkner/Berlin (2013) and the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (2015 on).

2017

Metropolitan Elitism, Marginalisation and the Need for ‘Smartness’ in Governing the Regionalised City (2017)
Herrschel, T. 2017. Metropolitan Elitism, Marginalisation and the Need for ‘Smartness’ in Governing the Regionalised City. Territorio.

2015

Smart City-Regional Governance: A 'Dual Transition' (2015)
Herrschel, T. and Dierwechter, Y. 2015. Smart City-Regional Governance: A 'Dual Transition'. Regions. 300 (1), pp. 20-21.

2013

Competitiveness and sustainability: can ‘smart city regionalism’ square the circle? (2013)
Herrschel, T. 2013. Competitiveness and sustainability: can ‘smart city regionalism’ square the circle? Urban Studies. 50 (11), pp. 2332-2348.

2010

Regionalisation, marginalisation and the role of governance in Europe and North America (Part 2) (2010)
Herrschel, T. 2010. Regionalisation, marginalisation and the role of governance in Europe and North America (Part 2). Regions Magazine. 280 (1), pp. 28-29.
Book review: Growth and innovation of competitive regions: the role of internal and external connections (2010)
Herrschel, T. 2010. Book review: Growth and innovation of competitive regions: the role of internal and external connections. European Planning Studies. 18 (7), pp. 1169-1172.
Report of the RSA research network, on bridging old and new divisions in regional governance between core and periphery in Europe's east and west (2010)
Herrschel, T. 2010. Report of the RSA research network, on bridging old and new divisions in regional governance between core and periphery in Europe's east and west. Regions Magazine. 278 (1), pp. 28-29.

2009

City regions, polycentricity and the construction of peripheralities through governance (2009)
Herrschel, T. 2009. City regions, polycentricity and the construction of peripheralities through governance. Urban Research & Practice. 2 (3), pp. 240-250.
Regionalisation and marginalisation: bridging old and new divisions in regional governance: report on the 7th International Symposium of ICRPol.Net on ‘Regionalisation in Metropolitan Areas’, and First Meeting of the RSA Research Network, Malmö/Øresund, 23rd–25th April 2009 (2009)
Herrschel, T., Beauclair, A. and Syrett, S. 2009. Regionalisation and marginalisation: bridging old and new divisions in regional governance: report on the 7th International Symposium of ICRPol.Net on ‘Regionalisation in Metropolitan Areas’, and First Meeting of the RSA Research Network, Malmö/Øresund, 23rd–25th April 2009. Regions Magazine. 275 (1), p. 31.
Regionalisation, “virtual” spaces and “real” territories: a view from Europe and North America (2009)
Herrschel, T. 2009. Regionalisation, “virtual” spaces and “real” territories: a view from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 22 (3), pp. 272-285.
Introduction to special issue 'Regions and Regionalisation through business clusters' (2009)
Herrschel, T. 2009. Introduction to special issue 'Regions and Regionalisation through business clusters'. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 22 (3), pp. 173-182.

2008

Big projects, big project ideas (2008)
Herrschel, T. 2008. Big projects, big project ideas. Economic Development. 103, p. 4.

2007

Regions between imposed structure and internally developed response. Experiences with twin track regionalisation in post-socialist Eastern Germany (2007)
Herrschel, T. 2007. Regions between imposed structure and internally developed response. Experiences with twin track regionalisation in post-socialist Eastern Germany. Geoforum. 38 (3), pp. 469-484.
Between difference and adjustment: the re-/presentation and implementation of post-socialist (communist) transformation (2007)
Herrschel, T. 2007. Between difference and adjustment: the re-/presentation and implementation of post-socialist (communist) transformation. Geoforum. 38 (3), pp. 439-444.

2005

'Competing regionalisation' through territory and cluster networks: experiences from post-socialist Eastern Germany (2005)
Herrschel, T. 2005. 'Competing regionalisation' through territory and cluster networks: experiences from post-socialist Eastern Germany. GeoJournal. 62 (1-2), pp. 59-70.

2004

Continued division through obstructionist institutionalism: the city-region of Berlin and Brandenburg 15 years on (2004)
Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2004. Continued division through obstructionist institutionalism: the city-region of Berlin and Brandenburg 15 years on. DISP. 156, pp. 98-104.

2003

Incentives and disincentives to city-regional cooperation in the Berlin-Brandenburg conurbation (2003)
Hauswirth, I., Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2003. Incentives and disincentives to city-regional cooperation in the Berlin-Brandenburg conurbation. European Urban and Regional Studies. 10 (2), pp. 119-134.

2017

Cities as International Actors: Urban and Regional Governance Beyond the Nation State (2017)
Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2017. Cities as International Actors: Urban and Regional Governance Beyond the Nation State. Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.

2014

Cities, State and Globalisation: City-Regional Governance in Europe and North America (Regions and Cities) (2014)
2014. Cities, State and Globalisation: City-Regional Governance in Europe and North America (Regions and Cities). Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.
Transitions In Regional Science – Regions In Transitions: Regional Research In Central Europe (2014)
Koutsky, J., Raška, P., Dostál, P. and Herrschel, T. (ed.) 2014. Transitions In Regional Science – Regions In Transitions: Regional Research In Central Europe. Prague Wolters Kluwer.

2011

The role of the regions: networks, scale, territory (2011)
Herrschel, T. and Tallberg, P. 2011. The role of the regions: networks, scale, territory. Kristianstad Region Skåne.
Borders in post-socialist Europe: territory, scale, society (2011)
Herrschel, T. 2011. Borders in post-socialist Europe: territory, scale, society. Ashgate.

2007

Global geographies of post-socialist transition: geographies, societies, policies (2007)
Herrschel, T. 2007. Global geographies of post-socialist transition: geographies, societies, policies. London, UK Routledge.

2002

Governance of Europe's city regions: planning, policy, and politics (2002)
Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2002. Governance of Europe's city regions: planning, policy, and politics. UK Routledge.

2016

Epilogue: Dreams of Autonomy and Owning a State (2016)
Herrschel, T. 2016. Epilogue: Dreams of Autonomy and Owning a State. in: Calzada, I. and Bildarratz, J. (ed.) Political Innovation transloKal - Translokal Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy Making. pp. 320-329

2015

Migration and Urban Governance - Challenges for Democratic Legitimacy? (2015)
Herrschel, T. 2015. Migration and Urban Governance - Challenges for Democratic Legitimacy? in: Peters, B.G., von Maravic, P. and Schröter, E. (ed.) Politics of Representative Bureaucracy: Power, Legitimacy and Performance Cheltenham, Glos Edward Elgar. pp. 122-140

2014

Reconsidering Central-European Regional Science in the Context of Political and Social Transition (2014)
Herrschel, T. and Nancheva, N. 2014. Reconsidering Central-European Regional Science in the Context of Political and Social Transition. in: Koutský, J., J, Raška, P., Dostál, P. and Herrschel, T. (ed.) Transitions in Regional Science – Regions in Transitions: Regional research in Central Europe Prague Wolters Kluwer. pp. 73-97

2012

Regionalisation and marginalisation: bridging old and new divisions in regional governance (2012)
Herrschel, T. 2012. Regionalisation and marginalisation: bridging old and new divisions in regional governance. in: Danson, M. and de Souza, P. (ed.) Regional development in Northern Europe: peripherality, marginality and border issues Routledge. pp. 30-48
Network regionalism, development agencies and peripheralisation through ‘loss of voice’ (2012)
Herrschel, T. 2012. Network regionalism, development agencies and peripheralisation through ‘loss of voice’. in: Bellini, N., Danson, M. and Halkier, H. (ed.) Regional development agencies: the next generation? Networking, knowledge and regional policies Routledge. pp. 172-186
Die Governance von Metropolregionen: Manchester als Beispiel für Governance auf mehreren Ebenen (The governance of metropolitan regions: Manchester as example of multi-level governance) (2012)
Herrschel, T. 2012. Die Governance von Metropolregionen: Manchester als Beispiel für Governance auf mehreren Ebenen (The governance of metropolitan regions: Manchester as example of multi-level governance). in: Matznetter, W. and Musil, R. (ed.) Europa: Metropolen im Wandel Vienna Mandelbaum Verlag. pp. 245-260

2010

Cities, suburbs and metropolitan areas: governing the regionalised city (2010)
Herrschel, T. 2010. Cities, suburbs and metropolitan areas: governing the regionalised city. in: Clapson, M. and Hutchison, R. (ed.) Suburbanisation in global society Emerald.

2005

Global competition and city regional governance in Europe (2005)
Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2005. Global competition and city regional governance in Europe. in: Sagan, I. and Halkier, H. (ed.) Regionalism contested: institution, society and governance Aldershot, UK Ashgate. pp. 203-222
Urban quality, competitiveness and governance: a North American-European perspective (2005)
Herrschel, T. 2005. Urban quality, competitiveness and governance: a North American-European perspective. in: Sagan, I. and Smith, D. (ed.) Society, economy, environment: towards the sustainable city Poland Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe. pp. 17-32

2004

Governance and new regionalism in the capital city regions of England and Germany (2004)
Herrschel, T. and Newman, P. 2004. Governance and new regionalism in the capital city regions of England and Germany. in: Wood, A. and Valler, D. (ed.) Governing local and regional economies: institutions, politics, and economic development Aldershot, UK Ashgate. pp. 247-276

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