By highlighting the role of GIP3s as geopolitical intermediaries, the project aims to deliver new insights into two poorly understood dimensions of city-regionalism. Firstly, it will greatly enhance our understanding of the links between the financing of infrastructure and city-regionalism. Secondly, it seeks to understand the role of institutional and political actors in driving the processes by which city-regionalism is becoming internationally orchestrated.
The specific hypothesis is that GIP3s operate as geopolitical intermediaries between processes of city-regional governance, on the one hand, and the sourcing of global finance capital, on the other. Understanding the roles and resources of GIP3s offers considerable scope to shed light upon the competitiveness, sustainability and geopolitical agency of city-regions. It is anticipated that future research on city-regionalism could profit from the making of stronger conceptual links between the global financing of infrastructure and the corresponding geopolitical processes operating around and within city-regions.