De Goei B., Burger M. J., Van Oort F. G. and Kitson M. Functional polycentrism and urban network development in the Greater South East, United Kingdom: evidence from commuting patterns, 1981-2001, Regional Studies. In contemporary literature on changing urban systems, it is often argued that the traditional central place conceptualization is outdated and should be replaced by a network view that emphasizes the increasing criss-crossing pattern of interdependencies between spatial units. This paper tests how urban networks develop by looking at commuting patterns in the Greater South East, United Kingdom, for the period 1981-2001. Although the empirical results indicate that the Greater South East cannot be currently characterized as a polycentric urban region or an integrated urban network, there is some evidence for urban network development at the local, intra-urban, level, and a decentralization of the system at the regional, inter-urban, level.

United kingdom greater south east urban networks commuting gravity model
dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400903365102, hdl.handle.net/1765/67025
Regional Studies
Erasmus School of Economics

de Goei, B, Burger, M.J, van Oort, F.G, & Kitson, M. (2010). Functional polycentrism and urban network development in the greater South East, United Kingdom: Evidence from commuting patterns, 1981-2001. Regional Studies, 44(9), 1149–1170. doi:10.1080/00343400903365102