Dr. James W. Scott
Professor of Regional and Border Studies
Aurora 1143
P. +358 50 366 0653

Urban and regional development, border regions, regional and urban governance, metropolitan area problems, European and North American Geography

Academic qualifications
BA (Biology, University of California at Berkeley, 1979)
MA (Geography, Free University Berlin, 1986)
PhD (Geography, Free University Berlin, 1990)
Habilitation (Geography, Free University Berlin. 2006)

Adjunct professorships
Associate Professor (Privatdozent) of Geography at the Free University of Berlin

International research projects

  • 2010-2014 Coordinator of “Crossborder Cooperation Practices, ‘Mediascapes’ and Relative (Un)Familiarity in the Finnish-Russian and Finnish-Estonian Contexts”, European Science Foundation (EUROCORECODE) and Academy of Finland.
  • 2006-2009 Coordinator of “EUDIMENSIONS: Local Dimensions of a Wider European Neighbourhood: Developing Political Community through Practices and Discourses of Cross-Border Co-operation”, Sixth European Framework Programme for Research and Technology (FP6)
  • 2008: Partner in “North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States, Border Communities and Security”, Jean Monnet Long Life Learning Programme (with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, Canada)
  • 2005-2006 Partner in study on “Territorial Cooperation and Transnational Cooperation Programmes within Structural Funds” for EU Regional Policy Directorate DG REGIO
  • 2003-2006 Coordinator of “EXLINEA: Lines of Exclusion as Arenas of Co-operation: Reconfiguring the External Boundaries of Europe – Policies, Practices, Perceptions”, Fifth European Framework Programme for Research and Technology (FP5)
  • 1999-2001 Coordinator of “Comparing Contexts for Transboundary Regionalism in Europe and North America”, Humboldt-Foundation, TransCoop Programme (With Matthew Sparke, University of Washington, USA).

Selected Publications

  • (2010) with Ilkka Liikanen “Civil Society and the “Neighbourhood” − Reconciling Supranational, National and Local Agendas” Journal of European Integration, Vol. 32 (forthcoming).
  • (2009) with Henk van Houtum “Guest Editorial: Reflections on EU Territoriality and the ‘Bordering’ of Europe”, Political Geography, 28 (5), pp. 271-273.
  • (2009) “Bordering and Ordering the European Neighbourhood. A Critical Perspective on EU Territoriality and Geopolitics”, TRAMES A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (13) 3, pp. 232–247
  • (2009) “New Regionalism and Evolving Territorialities of the State”, in Scott, J. W. (ed.), De-Coding New Regionalism. Shifting Socio-Political Contexts in Central Europe and Latin America, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 249-256.
  • (2007) “Smart Growth as Urban Reform: A Pragmatic ‘Recoding’ of the New Regionalism”, Urban Studies, 44 (1), pp. 15–35.
  • (2006) EU Enlargement, Region-building and Shifting Borders of Inclusion and Exclusion, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • (2006) “A Review of Eiki Berg and Henk van Houtum (eds.): Mapping Borders Between Territories, Discourses and Practices”, GeoJournal, 67, pp. 103-105.
  • (2006) “Wider Europe: Geopolitics of Inclusion and Exclusion at the EU’s new External Boundaries”, in: Scott, J. W. (ed.), EU Enlargement, Region-building and Shifting Borders of Inclusion and Exclusion, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 17-34.
  • (2005) “Transnational Regionalism, Strategic Geopolitics, and European Integration: The Case of the Baltic Sea Region”, in: Heather Nicol und Ian Townsend-Gault (eds.) Holding the Line. Borders in a Global World, Vancouver: UBC Press, S. 90-116.
  • (2005) “The EU and ‘Wider Europe’: Toward an Alternative Geopolitics of Regional Cooperation?”, Geopolitics, 10 (3), pp. 429 – 454.
  • (2004) “The Northern Dimension: “Multiscalar” Regionalism in an Enlarging European Union? “in: Olivier Kramsch and Barbara Hooper (eds.), Cross-Border Governance in the European Union. London: Routledge, pp.135-156.
  • (2002) “Transboundary Governance in the Baltic Sea Region: Emerging Patterns, Preliminary Results”, in: Regional and Federal Studies, 12(4), 135-153.
  • (2002) “Baltic Sea Regionalism, EU Geopolitics and Symbolic Geographies of Co-operation”, in: Journal of Baltic Studies, 33 (2), 137-155.
  • (2002) “A Networked Space of Meaning? Spatial Politics as Geostrategies of European Integration”, in: Space and Polity, 6(2), 147-167
  • (2000) “Transboundary Co-operation on Germany’s Borders: Strategic Regionalism through Multilevel Governance”, in: Journal of Borderlands Studies, XV (1), 143-167.
  • (2000) “Euroregions, Governance and Transborder Co-operation Within the EU”, in: European Research in Regional Science, Vol. 10 (Border, Regions and People), 104-115.