Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, Guest Editor, WSB University, Poland

Gabriela Carmen Pascariu Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Guest Editor, University of Iasi, Romania

Rahel M. Schomaker, Guest Editor, CUAS Villach, Austria; WSB University, Poland; German Research Institute for Public Administration, Germany

Aims and Scope

Economic growth and social development in the European Union and its neighbor states are challenged by many trends: 1) demographic transformations, 2) tensions due to the recent crises from the financial crisis to the Covid-19 pandemic, 3) imperfect labor markets, 4) migration issues, or 5) increasing populism and democratic backsliding in some countries. These phenomena go parallel to challenges related to climate change and its mitigation, as well as the digital revolution.  All these factors – especially when their impact and consequences are difficult to predict – not only influence national and regional public entities, but also their stakeholders, societies and markets at all territorial levels, both inside and outside the EU neighborhood.

Addressing these challenges requires new theoretical approaches. It reveals the need of creating new business practices, new consumption behaviors, and production patterns. For the various stakeholders, the need increases to develop new evidence-based policies and generates new tasks and responsibilities for the public administration and other entities. This applies even more to marginalized regions as e.g. peripheral and border regions (being it borderlands between Member States or regions located at the EU’s external border), rural or mountainous regions.

Hitherto, regions' success was measured by their economic growth, employment rates, entrepreneurship intensity, and quality of life. While these indicators are strongly influenced by national policies and exogenous factors, particularly in the face of crises, different concepts and particular regional resilience come to the fore.

A resilient region – in social, environmental, and economic terms – is one that retains the capacity to recover from external shocks. Resilience requires intensive cooperation among various actors, using their potential and resources to face the problems and challenges as delineated. Although regions are often portrayed as autonomous spatial units, they exist in a multi-scalar action space in which actors are making multi-dimension decisions that have consequences for themselves, for the relations between the various actors and for the related target groups. Thus, to address crises, these actors should create and strengthen the capacity for the regional resilience on base vertical, horizontal and cross-border cooperation.

Focusing in particular on marginalized regions (in a broad understanding, comprising the NUTS-regions as used by the EU, but also Euroregions and the European neighborhood), this special issue aims at addressing new perspectives in vertical, horizontal and cross-border cooperation and to provide a deeper understanding of cooperation potential to tackle the aforementioned problems and build the regional resilience.

Both theoretical and empirical studies, applying qualitative or quantitative methodological approaches, are welcome. We are focused on interdisciplinary approaches to managing the border regions dynamics (or transformations) in the time of crisis in order to provide regional development to peripheral areas.

We are predominantly, but not exclusively, interested in papers focused on the following topics:

  • Which role does multi-level governance play in addressing challenges for regional development?
  • What are the major weaknesses and challenges for the development of peripheral border regions and how can they be targeted by different forms of vertical, horizontal, and cross-border cooperation?
  • What changes in horizontal, vertical and cross-border cooperation were imposed due to the different crises in the last years, e.g. the financial crisis starting in 2008, the “migration crisis” in 2015/2016, or the Covid-19 pandemic since 2020?
  • Which cooperative tools and mechanisms supporting the process of building resilience peripheral border regions against socio-economic problems are used, and have their effectiveness been confirmed on the administrative, political level or the societal level?
  • What mechanisms should be implemented in public administration units, companies and non-governmental organizations, operating on national, regional, and cross-border level to enhance their capacity for managing external shocks and crises through vertical, horizontal, and cross-border cooperation?
  • How to trigger or create peripheral border regions resilience? What actors and factors can stimulate this process?
  • What are the major limits (economic, social, cultural, administrative, political, and environmental) and critical success factors in vertical, horizontal, and cross-border cooperation concerning the peripheral border regions?

Papers' proposal submission instructions:

Proposals (max 500 words) for this special issue need to be submitted by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Guest Editor KUROWSKA-PYSZ, Joanna: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mention Special Issue on CBC), before 31 October 2021.  

The authors will be notified of the acceptance of their paper proposal by 30 November 2021.

The deadline for paper submission is 28 February 2022; however, early submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

All papers will undergo a double-blind review. Submissions must be in English and should not exceed 8000 - 9000 words. All submissions must follow the submission requirements (paper template, etc.) posted on the JEMI website at

Papers should be submitted to JEMI and Guste Editor before the end of 28 February 2022 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Guest Editor: Joanna KUROWSKA-PYSZ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Submission guidelines:

Submission deadline: 28 February 2022
Papers reviewed:  30 April 2022
Revised papers reviewed and accepted:  31 May 2022
Final versions of accepted papers delivered: 30 June 2022
Papers published: 2022


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