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Research on Small and Medium-Sized Towns: Framing a New Field of Inquiry

Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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World 2021, 2(1), 105-126; https://doi.org/10.3390/world2010008
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 10 February 2021 / Published: 20 February 2021
In recent years, research and publication activity in the field of small and medium-sized cities (SMSCs) in an international context has been increasing. However, a survey of extant research remains missing. To bridge this gap, this paper presents a systematic and comprehensive review of the relevant literature revealing how various disciplines, from geography to economics, approach the topic from different perspectives, which can be related to various foci of sustainability. Empirical results show that the development and significance of SMSCs are influenced by spatial location and innovative activity, networking, and the intensity of cooperation with other cities. Additionally, transport infrastructure connections, control through network-related spatial planning approaches, and exceptional positioning of individual architectural buildings can play a decisive role. However, there is no singular understanding of SMSCs, with many different research perspectives distinguishable. View Full-Text
Keywords: small and medium-sized cities; disciplines; state of the art; frequency of citation; literature review; classification small and medium-sized cities; disciplines; state of the art; frequency of citation; literature review; classification
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Wagner, M.; Growe, A. Research on Small and Medium-Sized Towns: Framing a New Field of Inquiry. World 2021, 2, 105-126. https://doi.org/10.3390/world2010008

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Wagner M, Growe A. Research on Small and Medium-Sized Towns: Framing a New Field of Inquiry. World. 2021; 2(1):105-126. https://doi.org/10.3390/world2010008

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Wagner, Madeleine, and Anna Growe. 2021. "Research on Small and Medium-Sized Towns: Framing a New Field of Inquiry" World 2, no. 1: 105-126. https://doi.org/10.3390/world2010008

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