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Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola (2019) Border-regional resilience in EU internal and external border areas in Finland, European Planning Studies, 27:8, 1587-1606, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1595531

Border-regional resilience in EU internal and external border areas in Finland

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Author: Prokkola, Eeva-Kaisa1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-09-19


European border regions have witnessed a long history of remarkable mobility shocks stemming from complex ecological and economic changes and geopolitical events. The experience of near-continuous regional and global crisis has increased interest towards the idea of resilience, that is, the ability of communities and regions to adapt and cope with disturbances and transitions. Inspired by the literature of regional resilience and the evolutionary approach, this paper will examine the difference that borders and geopolitical conditions make from the perspective of regional resilience and especially ‘border-regional resilience’. Particular focus will be on irregular cross-border mobilities and consequent transitions in EU external and internal border towns, here the Finnish towns of Lappeenranta and Tornio. The study points out that the geopolitical environment and the openness of the border partly determine the regional development trajectories and the ways of coping with cross-border mobility-related changes. Although the border location entails some vulnerability, formal and informal cross-border institutions and relations of trust are of crucial importance from the perspective of border-regional resilience. The paper proposes a research agenda for studying border-regional resilience in the context of environmental, economic and social changes and geopolitical events.

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Series: European planning studies
ISSN: 0965-4313
ISSN-E: 1469-5944
ISSN-L: 0965-4313
Volume: 27
Issue: 8
Pages: 1587 - 1606
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1595531
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: The research has been supported by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council and Multilayered Borders of Global Security research team (#303527, #303480).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 303527
Detailed Information: 303527 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. . This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Planning Studies on 19 Mar 2019, available online: