Global Urban Research Unit


Territorial Governance - Best Practices for New Perspectives (TANGO)

What is ‘territorial’ governance and what are the key attributes of ‘good’ territorial governance? These two questions are at the heart of the ESPON TANGO project which aims to develop practical advice for ‘good’ territorial governance based on exiting literature and empirical evidence gathered from contemporary governance practices in 12 case studies across Europe.

It focuses on key success factors in achieving territorial development objectives such as competitiveness, cohesion and sustainability. The researchers are particularly interested in examining the role of spatial planning in territorial governance and in developing synergies through vertical and horizontal co-ordination of public policies, programmes and projects.

The rationale for the research is based on the argument that good territorial governance is critically important in achieving coherent public policy and allocating the reducing public budget efficiently and fairly. In addition to contributing to the development of the conceptual framework of the research and identifying qualitative indicators for good territorial governance, the Newcastle Team will also undertake two UK case studies (Greater Manchester Combined Authority and North Shields Fish Quay Neighbourhood Planning). These involve documentary analysis, interviews with key informants and field visits.

The ESPON TANGO consortium consists of six European partners and is led by Nordic Centre for Spatial Planning (NORDREGIO) in Stockholm. The Newcastle University team is led by Professor Simin Davoudi and includes Professor Ali Madanipour, Professor Geoff Vigar and Paul Cowie, all based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL).