RCIN and OZwRCIN projects


Title: Editorial: Spatial Justice in Europe. Territoriality, Mobility and Peripherality


Papadopoulos, Apostolos G : Autor ORCID

Date issued/created:


Resource type:



Europa XXI 37 (2019)



Place of publishing:



Każdy numer posiada własny tytuł.

Type of object:



The discussion surrounding the impact of territorial cohesion policy, and the territorial prioritization of cohesion policy, can offer significant insights by problematizing spatial justice. The notions of territoriality, mobility and peripherality are presented and analyzed due to their relevance to territorial cohesion, but also because they may strengthen the concept of spatial justice. The main objective of this paper, and by extension of this issue, is to stress the relevance of spatial justice as a concept created to address socio-spatial and territorial inequalities and useful when framing policy strategies, articulating policy goals, implementing policies, or taking actions to mitigate socio-spatial inequalities. The paper is organized in four sections. The introductory section presents social and economic inequalities as signifiers of the (un)sustainability of the European project and stresses the challenges facing territorial cohesion policy. The second section includes a conceptualization of spatial justice which plays to both the analytical strength and normative rigour of the concept. Third, there is a brief discussion of the notions of territoriality, mobility and peripherality. The final section is dedicated to a description of the basic features of the six papers included in this issue.


Antonsich, M., & Holland, E.C. (2012). Territorial attachment in the age of globalization: The case of Western Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies, 21(2), 206-221. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776412445830
Antonsich, M. (2010). Searching for belonging - An analytical framework. Geography Compass, 4(6), 644-659. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2009.00317.x
Attoh, K.A. (2011). What kind of right is the right to the city? Progress in Human Geography, 35(5), 669-685. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132510394706
Avdikos, V., & Chardas, A. (2016). European Union Cohesion Policy Post 2014: More (Place-Based and Conditional) Growth - Less Redistribution and Cohesion. Territory, Politics, Governance, 4(1), 97-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2014.992460
Balibar, E. (2009). Europe as borderland. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27(2), 190-215. https://doi.org/10.1068/d13008
Balibar, E. (2017). Europe, Crisis and the End? (in Greek) Athens: Taxideftis.
Balourdos, D., & Petraki, M. (2019). Immigrant social inclusion in Europe: A descriptive investigation. Europa XXI, 37, 105-124. http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.7
Barca, F., McCann, P., & Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2012). The case for regional development intervention: Place-based versus Place-neutral approaches. Journal of Regional Science, 52(1), 134-152. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2011.00756.x
Barraclough, L. (2013). Is there also a right to the countryside? Antipode, 45(5), 1047-1049. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12040
Bastia, T., Piper, N., & Carron, M.P. (2011). Geographies of migration, geographies of justice? Feminism, intersectionality and rights. Environment and Planning A, 43(7), 1492-1498. https://doi.org/10.1068/a44163
Blunt, A. (2007). Cultural geographies of migration: mobility, transnationality and diaspora. Progress in Human Geography, 31, 684-694. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132507078945
Boyne, G., & Powell, M. (1991). Territorial justice: A review of theory and evidence. Political Geography Quarterly, 10(3), 263-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/0260-9827(91)90038-V
Brenner, N., & Elden, S. (2009). Henri Lefebvre on State, Space, Territory. International Political Sociology, 3(4), 353-377. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2009.00081.x DOI
Brenner, N., & Schmid, C. (2014). The 'Urban Age' in Question. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(3), 731-755. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12115 DOI
Brenner, N. (2009). Restructuring, rescaling and the urban question. Critical Planning, 16, 60-79. DOI
Bret, B. (2018). Spatial Justice and Geographic Scales. Justice spatiale. Spatial Justice, 12. Retrieved from http://www.jssj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/JSSJ12_BRET_VA.pdf DOI
Bühler, E.-A., Darly, S., & Milian, J. (2015). Arenas and resources of the right to the village: The underpinnings of emancipation in Western countryside in the 21st century. Justice spatiale. Spatial Justice, 7. Retrieved from https://www.jssj.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Buhler-et-alli_DAV_EN.pdf DOI
Chatterton, P. (2010). Seeking the urban common: Furthering the debate on spatial justice. City, 14(6), 625-628. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2010.525304 DOI
Cheong, P.H., Edwards, R., Goulbourne, H., & Solomos, J. (2007). Immigration, social cohesion and social capital: A critical review. Critical Social Policy, 27(1), 24-49. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018307072206 DOI
Cresswell, T. (2006). On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World. New York: Routledge. DOI
Cresswell, T. (2010). Towards a politics of mobility. Environment and Planning D: Space and Society, 28(1), 17-31. https://doi.org/10.1068/d11407 DOI
Davoudi, S. (2005). Understanding territorial cohesion. Planning, Practice & Research, 20(4), 433-441. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697450600767926 DOI
Davoudi, S. (2007). Territorial cohesion, the European social model, and spatial policy research. In A. Faludi (Ed.). Territorial Cohesion and the European Model of Society (pp. 81-104). Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. DOI
De Genova, N. (2016). The "crisis" of the European border regime: Towards a Marxist theory of borders. International Socialism, 150, 31-54. Retrieved from https://isj.org.uk/the-crisis-of-the-europeanborder-regime-towards-a-marxist-theory-of-borders/ DOI
Deas, I., & Hincks, S. (2014). Migration, Mobility and the Role of European Cities and Regions in Redistributing Population. European Planning Studies, 22(2), 2561-2583. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2013.847062 DOI
Dijkstra, L., Poelman, H., & Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2020). The geography of EU discontent. Regional Studies, 54(6), 737-753. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1654603 DOI
Dikeç, M. (2001). Justice and the Spatial Imagination. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 33(10), 1785-1805. https://doi.org/10.1068/a3467 DOI
Elden, S. (2010). Land, terrain, territory. Progress in Human Geography, 34(6), 799-817. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132510362603 DOI
Fainstein, S.S. (2009). Spatial Justice and Planning, Justice spatiale. Spatial Justice, 1. Retrieved from https://www.jssj.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/JSSJ1-5en1.pdf DOI
Faludi, A. (2009). Territorial cohesion under the looking glass: Synthesis paper about the history of the concept and policy background to territorial cohesion. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate. net/profile/Andreas_Faludi/contributions DOI
Faludi, A. (2013). Territorial cohesion, territorialism, territoriality and soft planning: A critical review. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 45(6), 1302-1317. https://doi.org/10.1068/a45299 DOI
Faludi, A. (2016). European integration and the Territorial - Administrative Complex. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 98(1), 71-80. https://doi.org/10.1111/geob.12090 DOI
Faludi, A. (2016). The territoriality of Cohesion policy. In S., Piattoni & L., Polverari (Eds.). Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU (pp. 491-505). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784715670.00048 DOI
Faludi, A. (2016). EU territorial cohesion, a contradiction in terms. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(2), 302-313. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2016.1154657 DOI
Faludi, A. (2016). The Poverty of Territorialism: Revisiting European Spatial Planning. disP - The Planning Review, 52(3), 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2016.1235886 DOI
Faludi, A. (2019). New Horizons: Beyond territorialism. Europa XXI, 36, 35-44. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.36.3 DOI
Fraser, N. (2010). Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World. New York: Columbia University Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2009.12.002 DOI
Fratsea, L.-M. (2019). The unwritten 'laws of migration': Reflections on inequalities, aspirations and 'cultures of migration'. Europa XXI, 37, 23-36. http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.2 DOI
Gagliardi, L., & Percoco, M. (2017). The impact of European Cohesion Policy in urban and rural regions. Regional Studies, 51(6), 857-868. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1179384 DOI
Gieryn, T.F. (2000). A space for place in sociology. Annual Review of Sociology, 26, 463-496. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.soc.26.1.463 DOI
Glick Schiller, N., & Salazar, N.B. (2013). Regimes of Mobility Across the Globe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(2), 183-200. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.723253 DOI
Hadjimichalis, C. & Hudson, R. (2014). Contemporary Crisis Across Europe and the Crisis of Regional Development Theories. Regional Studies, 48(1), 208-218. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2013.834044 DOI
Hadjimichalis, C. (2011). Uneven Geographical Development and Socio-Spatial Justice and Solidarity: European Regions after the 2009 Financial Crisis. European Urban and Regional Studies, 18(3), 254-274. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776411404873 DOI
Harvey, D. (2009) [1973]. Social Justice and the City. Revised Edition. Athens/London: The University of Georgia Press. DOI
Harvey, D. (2009). Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom. New York: Columbia University Press. DOI
Harvey, D. (2011). Crises, Geographic Disruptions and Uneven Development of Political Responses. Economic Geography, 87(1), 1-22. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1944-8287.2010.01105.x DOI
Israel, E., & Frenkel, A. (2018). Social justice and spatial inequality: Toward a conceptual framework. Progress in Human Geography, 42(5), 647-665. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132517702969 DOI
Jessop, B., Brenner, N., & Jones, M. (2008). Theorizing sociospatial relations. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26(3), 389-401. https://doi.org/10.1068/d9107 DOI
Jones, R., Moisio, S., Weckroth, M., Woods, M., Luukkonen, J., Meyer, F., & Miggelbrink, J. (2018). Re-conceptualising Territorial Cohesion Through the Prism of Spatial Justice: Critical Perspectives on Academic and Policy Discourses. In T., Lang & F., Görmar (Eds.). Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Re-thinking Spatial Policies in Europe (pp. 97-119). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1190-1_5 DOI
Kahn, S. (2014). The nation-state as a territorial myth of European construction. L'Espace géographique, 43(3), 240-250. https://doi.org/10.3917/eg.433.0240 DOI
Katz, C. (2001). On the grounds of globalization: A topography for feminist political engagement. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 26(4), 1213-1234. https://doi.org/10.1086/495653 DOI
Kerpaci, K. (2019). Setting up a small business in Albania: Return migration and entrepreneurship. Europa XXI, 37, 89-103. http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.6 DOI
Kulawczuk, P., Poszewiecki, A., & Szczęch, A. (2019). The needs of youth and spatial justice. How the inclusion of youth preferences can support targeted regional policies. Europa XXI, 37, 71-88. http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.5 DOI
Kwan, M.-P., & Schwanen, T. (2016). Geographies of Mobility. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(2), 243-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2015.1123067 DOI
Lefebrve, H. (1977) [1968]. The Right to the City (in Greek). Athens: Papazisis. DOI
Lefebvre, H. (1991). The production of space. Blackwell Publishing. DOI
Manderscheid, K., & Richardson, T. (2011). Planning inequality: Social and economic space in national spatial planning. European Planning Studies, 19(10), 1797-1815. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2011.614388 DOI
Manderscheid, K. (2009). Unequal mobilities. In T., Ohnmacht, H., Maksim & M.M., Bergman (Eds.). Mobilities and inequality (pp. 27-50). Farnham: Ashgate. DOI
Massey, D. (1979). In what sense a regional problem? Regional Studies, 13(2), 233-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/09595237900185191 DOI
Massey, D. (1991). A global sense of place. Marxism Today, 24-29. Retrieved from http://banmarchive. org.uk/collections/mt/pdf/91_06_24.pdf DOI
Massey, D. (2005). For Space. London: Sage. DOI
McAreavey, R. (2019). Seasonal worker schemes: can they achieve social justice? Europa XXI, 37, 37-52. http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.3 DOI
McCann, E.J. (2002). Space, citizenship and the right to the city: A brief overview. GeoJournal, 58, 77-79. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:GEJO.0000010826.75561.c0 DOI
Medeiros, E. (2016). Is there a rise of the territorial dimension in the EU Cohesion Policy? Finisterra, 103, 89‑112. http://doi.org/10.18055/Finis7940 DOI
Miller, B., & Ponto, J. (2016). Mobility among spatialities. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(2), 266-273. https://doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2015.1120150 DOI
Mitchell, D., & Villanueva, J. (2010). Right to the City. In R. Hutchinson (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks: Sage. DOI
Mitchell, D. (2003). Cultural Landscapes: Just Landscapes or Landscapes of Justice? Progress in Human Geography, 27(6), 787-796. https://doi.org/10.1191/0309132503ph464pr DOI
Mitrică, B., Damian, N., Mocanu, I., & Grigorescu, I. (2019). Exploring the links between out-migration and social development in Romania. A Development Region-based approach. Europa XXI, 37, 53-70 http://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.4 DOI
Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A. (2010). Spatial Justice: Law and the Geography of Withdrawal. International Journal of Law in Context, 6(3), 201-216. https://doi.org/10.1017/S174455231000011X DOI
Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A. (2014). The movement of spatial justice. Mondi Migranti, 8, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3280/MM2014-001001 DOI
Pierce, J., Williams, R.A., & Martin, D.G. (2016). Rights in places: An analytical extension of the right to the city. Geoforum 70, 79-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.02.006 DOI
Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A., & Tomaney, J. (2017). Shifting horizons in local and regional development. Regional Studies, 51(1), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1158802 DOI
Pirie, G.H. (1983). On spatial justice. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 15, 465-473. https://doi.org/10.1068/a150465 DOI
Powell, M., & Boyne, G. (2001). The Spatial Strategy of Equality and the Spatial Division of Welfare. Social Policy and Administration, 35(2), 181-194. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9515.00226 DOI
Purcell, M. (2013). Possible worlds: Henri Lefebvre and the right to the city. Journal of Urban Affairs, 36(1), 141-154. https://doi.org/10.1111/juaf.12034 DOI
Rauhut, D. (2018). A Rawls-Sen approach to spatial injustice. Social Science Spectrum, 4(3), 109-122. Retrieved from http://www.socialspectrum.in/index.php/sp/article/view/132 DOI
Rawls, J. (1992) [1971]. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. DOI
Recchi, A., & Flipo, A. (2019). Spatial Mobility in Social Theory. SocietàMutamentoPolitica 10(20), 125-137. https://doi.org/10.13128/smp-11051 DOI
Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2013). Do Institutions Matter for Regional Development? Regional Studies, 47(7), 1034-1047. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2012.748978 DOI
Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2018). The revenge of the places that don't matter (and what to do about it). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11(1), 189-209. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsx024 DOI
Rodrik, D. (2018). Populism and the economics of globalization. Journal of International Business Policy, 1(1), 12-33. https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-018-0001-4 DOI
Runciman, D. (2018). How democracy ends. London: Profile Books. DOI
Sá Marques, T., Saraiva, M., Santinha, G., & Guerra, P. (2018). Re-thinking territorial cohesion in the European Planning Context. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42(4), 547-572. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12608 DOI
Sandel, M.J. (2009). Justice: What is the right thing to do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. DOI
Sassen, S. (2013). When territory deborders territoriality. Territory, Politics, Governance, 1(1), 21-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2013.769895 DOI
Sheller, M., & Urry, J. (2006). The new mobilities paradigm. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 38, 207-226. https://doi.org/10.1068/a37268 DOI
Sheller, M. (2014). The new mobilities paradigm for a live sociology. Critical Sociology Review, 62(6), 789-811. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392114533211 DOI
Soja, E. (1980). The socio-spatial dialectic. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 70(2), 207-225. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8306.1980.tb01308.x DOI
Soja, E. (2009). The city and spatial justice. Justice spatiale. Spatial Justice, 1. Retrieved from https://www.jssj.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/JSSJ1-1en4.pdf DOI
Soja, E. (2010). Seeking Spatial Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. https://doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9780816666676.001.0001 DOI
Solari, S., & Gambarotto, F. (2014), Territorial rooting as an element of well-being. Review of Social Economy, 72(4), 504-522. https://doi.org/10.1080/00346764.2014.958899 DOI
Storper, M. (2011). Justice, Efficiency and Economic Geography: Should Places Help one Another to Develop? European Urban and Regional Studies, 18(1), 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776410394553 DOI
Tomaney, J. (2012). Parochialism - A defence. Progress in Human Geography, 37(5), 658-672. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132512471235 DOI
Tomaney, J. (2015). Region and Place II: Belonging. Progress in Human Geography, 39(4), 507-516. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132514539210 DOI
Tomaney, J. (2017). Insideness in an Age of Mobility. In R., Freestone & E., Liu (Eds.). Place and Placelessness Revisited (pp. 95-107). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315676456-7 DOI
Urry, J. (2007). Mobilities. Cambridge: Polity Press. DOI
Walzer, M. (1983). Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality. New York: Basic Books. DOI
Weiss, A. (2005). The transnationalization of social inequality: Conceptualizing social positions on a world scale. Current Sociology, 53(4), 707-728. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392105052722 DOI
Williams, J.M. (2018). Spatial Justice as Analytic Framework. PhD Thesis. University of Michigan. DOI
Zaucha, J., & Böhme, K. (2019). Measuring territorial cohesion is not a mission impossible. European Planning Studies, 28(3), 627-649. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1607827 DOI
Zaucha, J., Komornicki, T., Böhme, K., Świątek, D., & Żuber, P. (2014). Territorial Keys for Bringing Closer the Territorial Agenda of the EU and Europe 2020. European Planning Studies, 22(2), 246-267. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2012.722976 DOI
Zielonka, J. (2014). Is the EU doomed? Cambridge: Polity Press. DOI


Europa XXI



Start page:


End page:


Detailed Resource Type:




Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:141358 ; 1429-7132 ; 10.7163/Eu21.2019.37.1


CBGiOŚ. IGiPZ PAN, call nos.: Cz.6406, Cz.6407 ; click here to follow the link



Language of abstract:



Creative Commons Attribution BY 4.0 license

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. [CC BY 4.0] May be used within the scope specified in Creative Commons Attribution BY 4.0 license, full text available at:

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Central Library of Geography and Environmental Protection. Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS

Projects co-financed by:

Operational Program Digital Poland, 2014-2020, Measure 2.3: Digital accessibility and usefulness of public sector information; funds from the European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from the state budget.



Object collections:

Last modified:

Apr 29, 2021

In our library since:

Sep 30, 2020

Number of object content hits:


All available object's versions:


Show description in RDF format:


Show description in OAI-PMH format:




Citation style:

This page uses 'cookies'. More information