Mountains; Regions; Territory; Governance; Scale; Policy diffusion; Framing; Sustainable development
Simon Gaberell (2016), Construire les Carpates: l'institutionnalisation d'une éco-région
, Peter Lang, Berne.
Balsiger Jörg, Nahrath Stéphane (2015), Functional regulatory spaces and policy diffusion in Europe: The case of mountains, in Environmental Science & Policy
, 49, 8-20.
Kohler Thomas, Balsiger Jörg, Rudaz Gilles, Debarbieux Bernard, Pratt D. Jane, Maselli Daniel (2015), Green Economy and Institutions for Sustainable Mountain Development: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond
Perrier Benjamin and Levrat Nicolas (2015), Melting law: Learning from practice in transboundary mountain regions, in Environmental Science & Policy
, 49, 32-44.
Balsiger Jörg, Debarbieux Bernard (2015), Should mountains (really) matter in science and policy?, in Environmental Science & Policy
, 49, 1-7.
Balsiger Jörg (2015), The European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region, in Gänzle Stefan and Kern Kristine (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 189-213.
Debarbieux Bernard and Rudaz Gilles (2015), The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present
, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Rudaz Gilles, Debarbieux Bernard (2014), Die schweizerischen Berggebiete in der Politik
, VDF, Zurich.
Gaberell Simon, Debarbieux Bernard (2014), Mapping regions, framing projects: A comparative analysis on the role of mapping in the region-building process of two European regions, in Geoforum
, 52, 123-136.
Debarbieux Bernard, Balsiger Jörg, Djordjevic Dusan, Gaberell Simon, Rudaz Gilles (2014), Scientific collectives in region-building processes, in Environmental Science and Policy
, 42, 149-159.
Rudaz Gilles, Debarbieux Bernard (2013), La montagne suisse en politique
, PPUR, Lausanne.
Debarbieux Bernard, Price Martin, Balsiger Jörg (2013), The institutionalization of mountain regions in Europe, in Regional Studies
Isabelle Mauz Bernard Debarbieux Céline Grandjou, Cosmopolitization in action. Connecting levels of scale in International Environmental Organizations (IEOs), in Global Networks
Pieroni Raphaël, Debarbieux Bernard, Données géographiques et construction institutionnelle d’une région transnationale. Le système d’observation et d’information des Alpes, in Revue Internationale de Géomatique
Rudaz Gilles, Regionalized Scientific Networks in the South-East European Mountains: A Social Network Analysis Approach, in Ankara University Journal of Environmental Sciences
Europe is home to numerous transboundary regional initiatives and many of these have focused on mountain regions (massifs). From the Pyrenees to the Caucasus, mountain regions have been the focus of institution building for more than two decades, ranging from established, legally binding international treaties such as the Alpine Convention to emergent processes focused on fostering regional partnerships of researchers and practitioners.Individually and in combination, the phenomenon of regional mountain initiatives raises an important question the ERMI project seeks to answer: Are these initiatives and associated formal agreements genealogically or formally linked to each other? Or are they ultimately unique to their respective contexts? The ERMI project hypothesizes that transboundary regional mountain initiatives in Europe are neither independent occurrences of governance rescaling and inter-territoriality, nor simple duplications of a pre-existing institutional model. Rather, these initiatives need to be seen as interdependent trajectories inextricably linked to each other through similar modes of framing, circulating models or institutional diffusion, and understood at the same time as singular outputs of contingent processes where local, national, contextual conditions have played a role.The ERMI research plan evolves around a comparative analysis of seven existing or emerging arrangements intended. The project is organized in four work packages: (1) interdisciplinary protocols; (2) Massif making, scaling, and framing; (3) Governance, institutionalization and policy diffusion; and (4) Types and models, knowledge integration. The analysis is designed to generate knowledge of their genesis through a focus on the role of models, prototypes, and referents on the one hand, and the role of contextuality and the will to produce ad hoc arrangements and specific territories on the other. Beyond the thematic focus of the research and the case studies, the project seeks to contribute to academic debates on multilevel governance and regionalization processes.The ERMI project is highly interdisciplinary, combining the knowledge and expertise of researchers in law, political science, and geography. Although these disciplines share a concern for concepts that are central to the project (territoriality, governance, scale or level, etc.), the meanings of these concepts differ widely. Without impoverishing these disciplinary meanings, the ERMI project will build a common set of conceptual interpretations that can help shed light on the intertwining of political, juridical and geographical modes of territorialization and regionalization.