Urban Networks and Region Formation from a Comparative Perspective
Vladimir Rouvinski (Icesi University, Colombia), Juan José Fernandez (Icesi University, Colombia), Dmitri V. Kozlov (Irkutsk State University, Russian Federation), Enrique Rodriguez Caporali (Icesi University, Colombia), Victor Kheifetz (Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation)
The social networks analysis has been rarely applied for the study of urban networks. However, this type of analysis can be useful for a better understanding of the processes of regional cohesion and integration. The proposed session has two key objectives: firstly, to demonstrate, from a comparative perspective, the effectiveness of using the social networks framework for a better understanding of the region formation in different national contexts and, second, to recognize the existence of similar patterns with regards to models applicable for the studying of cases dealing with the configuration of urban networks on a global scale. As the presentations included in this session will show, for a comparative analysis of the type discussed here, it is important to study the links that facilitate the configuration of regional urban networks, i.e. those networks that are about markets, infrastructures, migrations, and political discourses. Using the cases of Southwestern Colombia and Eastern Siberia, the session will contribute into methodological debates for the design of models for studying the urban networks.