Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability - Piacenza, Italy

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2015

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Social and economic imbalances of the current phase of globalization require a rethinking of the model of international and regional development. The issues of inequality, ecological risks, and poor growth in some areas put at the center of the scientific and political debate the theme of values ​​and institutions. What are the values ​​for sustainable regional development in the future? And what institutional reforms are needed to overcome the negative consequences of the recession triggered by the financial turmoil of recent years? Which tools can strengthen the capacity of regions and cities to adapt to all changes and to increase the resilience of areas?

To answer these questions the RSA 2015 Annual Conference in Piacenza offers some lines of reflection about the themes of well-being and quality of life, technological and social innovation, individual and collective entrepreneurship, by starting from the analysis of the values ​​and motivations that drive individual and institutional action.

The conference offers the opportunity to researchers and workers in local and regional development to explore and discuss collectively these key issues from different theoretical perspectives and empirical observation.


Conference Themes
A. Community Economic Development B. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Development
C. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions D. EU Regional Policy and Practice
E. Innovation and Knowledge Economies F. Labour Markets and Migration
G. Mega Events and Regional Development H. Region to Region Trade
I. Regional Challenges in Health and Education J. Regional Well-being and Happiness
K. Role of Institutions in Regional Development L. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
M. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure N. Social Justice, Housing and Civil Society
O. Sustainability - Climate Change, Environment and Energy P. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
Q. The Geography of Crime R. The Geography of Finance
S. Tourism and Regional Development T.   Urbanisation and Cities

Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1. Well-being, Quality of Life and Institutions: the Role of Territory
Professor John Helliwell, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor Filomena Maggino, University of Florence, Italy
Professor Philip S. Morrison, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Plenary 2Technological and Social Innovation for Sustainable Regional Development
Professor Stefano Zamagni, University of Bologna, Italy
Henry Etzkowitz, USA

Plenary 3. Technological Innovation for a Sustainable Regional Development
Professor David Audretsch, 
Indiana University, USA
Professor Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Plenary 4. Food, Energy and Rights: the Territorial Approach
Rob Vos, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Italy
Plenary 5. Closing Keynote Speech
Nicholas Martyn, 
Deputy Director-General DGA1 Policy, Performance and Compliance, European Commission, DG REGIO, Brussels


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Conference organisers

Academic Organiser:
Paolo Rizzi:
Francesco Timpano:

RSA Organiser:
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