These papers greatly highlight the most prominent gaps in the current understanding of flexible modes of governance within the emergence of new territorial settings, with a view to sketching out future research agendas built on the intellectual fissures of current practical and theoretical knowledge. The special issue involves six papers in which three specific knowledge lacunae are visible. The first is the emergence of new kinds of governance spaces dealing with this issue of fuzziness. Second, there is the emergence of a new setting of inter-territorial cooperation as flexible territorial-based governance arrangements. Finally, there is the emergence of new kinds of functionality regarding urban regions based on the labour market and home-to-work travel.
Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective: (2017). Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective. Regional Studies, Regional Science: Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-6.