Globalization’s promise of national and regional development has not always been met. In the last decades, globalization has also led to problems and crises. Significantly, a large part of the population has not been able to enjoy the benefits of this process. Thus, it seems necessary to search for local solutions to global problems, emphasizing the role of the regions as agents of sustainable development.
This session will focus on how ‘regional productivity’ can help to face the challenges of globalization. ‘Productivity’ will be addressed in a broad sense: It refers to the relevance of the urban, economic, political, social and technological processes as the fundamental pillars for generating competitive firms, people, and environments in the local, national, and global level. The discussion will focus on how regional variables and agents—and their interconnections—can secure modes of sustainable development in the long run.