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Territorial governance has been given different definitions across the academic spectrum; however, it is considered a unit of analysis, an essential subject of study for f regional economic development strategies. Not in vain has it become a field of interest for social scientists in the last few years. The purpose of this research is to analyze the body of literature developed around territorial governance, identifying its growth over time, the countries more academically interest in it, the most relevant authors, fundamental characteristics of territorial governance as described per cluster, recurring terms, and future research lines. To meet this study’s objective, we applied a bibliometric analysis to the literature, for which 276 documents retrieved from the Web of Science were examined. The results suggest that the field of territorial governance has grown during the last six years, and Brazil, a Latin American country, is among the five regions with the highest production on the subject. It is observed that the topics of most significant interest have revolved around how territorial governance is related to the development of the territory and territorial policy. Future research should be aimed at integrating water resources management and land use planning in order to promote a sustainable territorial future, i.e., territorial sustainability.

Edwin Arango Espinal, Universidad del Valle

Full-Time Professor, Regionalization, Universidad del Valle, Caicedonia, Colombia. Public Accountant, Universidad del Valle, Colombia, Master’s Degree in Administrative Law, Universidad Libre Seccional Cali, Colombia, Researcher, at the Derecho, Sociedad y Estado (Law, Society and State) Group, Category B Colciencias, group in Marketing, Category A Colciencias, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Raquel Ceballos Molano, Universidad del Valle

Full-Time Professor, Faculty of Administration Sciences, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Law and Social Sciences Professional, Universidad Libre Seccional Cali, Colombia, Doctor in General Law, Universidad Carlos III, Spain, Researcher at the Derecho, Sociedad y Estado (Law, Society and State) Group, Category B Colciencias, Universidad del Valle, Colombia.

Lida Valentina Patiño Giraldo, Universidad del Valle

Research Professional, Vice-Presidency for Research, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Business Administrator, Faculty of Administration Sciences, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

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Received 2020-05-14
Accepted 2020-11-12
Published 2021-02-13