Port-City-Regions in a Time of Transitions: Value Deliberation on Port City Futures

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Individually and collectively, ports and their cities face several urgent situations at once, including the energy transition, climate change, new technologies, the rise of the concept of circular economies and transformations of work and social structures. As the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus PortCityFutures (portcityfutures.org) research group, we argue that port city regions require integrated spatial and social planning and design measures to make use of limited space in ways that allow the port and city (and region) to evolve together. More attention is needed for soft values, including those pertaining to governance, education and culture. Buy-in from local stakeholders is necessary to facilitate the construction of hard infrastructures required to improve ports’ functioning and to address the side effects of port operations (noise, security, emissions), but also to develop skillsets and technologies for the ports and port cities of the future. We argue that we need to pay more attention to the social, cultural and spatial dimension of port city regions and to that end we opted to develop a pilot value deliberation on the future of port–city relations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalPortus (online)
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Port city regions
  • Port cultures
  • Soft values
  • Citizen participation


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