2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

Implementation Across Global Networks of Regions, Cities and Firms, Seville, Spain

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Conference details


Important details:

This is a free conference, however the number of participants is limited (travel & accommodation must be covered by participants) and is open to both RSA members and non-RSA members.

Only one author per selected abstract will be invited to attend this conference. Please do not book your travel and accommodation until you have received an invitation.

Paper proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Conference Committee. The results of the selection process will be communicated by the first week of July.

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Four years have now passed since smart specialisation officially entered European policy. This approach to territorial development through the promotion of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth represents a unique opportunity in contemporary policy for territorial development; for the first time, national and regional authorities across an area of more than five hundred million inhabitants are implementing a common set of policy principles and methodologies.

This conference offers a comprehensive picture of the smart specialisation policy experience, including an evaluation of its early results, and highlights recent developments both conceptually and empirically. Particular attention will be given to implementation challenges and ways to address them, as well as to methodologies for impact assessment. In addition, the conference will explore how smart specialisation engages with global value chains and production networks, and how firms, regions and cities can benefit from relationships across the borders.

The concept of smart specialisation has now expanded in geographical scope beyond just Europe. The theory and practice of smart specialisation are being constantly developed and it is enriched by these processes. These developments will be discussed.

We welcome contributions from all areas of regional analysis that carry analytical weight but also, which have operational applicability. The conference offers to a limited number of participants from academia, institutions and territorial authorities, a unique opportunity to discuss and define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy analysis, and to address the challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. As well as academic submissions, papers by practitioners or co-authored by academics and practitioners are welcome. In addition, we welcome complete session proposals on a specific area/ issue including the list of 3-4 speakers and their papers.

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Conference organisers

Conference Organisation

Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe).

RSA Conference Manager

Please contact Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org  +44 (0)1273 698 017 for further details and questions regarding submission. 

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