Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Space-based Policies

RSA Central & Eastern European Conference 2017, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries.

The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level within CEE have led to the need to develop new strategies with a strong spatial focus, in order to deal with and respond to the challenges. This conference seeks to explore questions such as: how can we deal with polarisation and peripheralisation? What are the challenges for future space-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?

The RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca welcomes inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. The conference will offer an excellent opportunity for initiating a multidisciplinary dialogue on themes such as:

Resilient Communities Creative Regions/Economies (ITC, Creative Industries)
The Role of Clusters in Local Development Rural Areas Under Pressure (Marginalization & Rural Peripheries/Areas)
Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Use in Regional Development Sustainable Transport and Urban Mobility
Regional Impacts and Responses to Climate Change Territorial Change: Polarised Spatial Development or Convergence?
Environmental, Economic and Social Risks and Vulnerabilities Cross-Border Regions and Transnational Cooperation
Geo-politics and Geo-economy Places and Tourism Destination Development
GIS, GIScience and Spatial Data Urban/Regional Change and Development in CEE
Smart Specialization (Smart Cities & Smart Rural Areas)

Developing Cluj: Round Table Discussion

Territorial Governance Regional Policy in CEE: Old Legacies and New Challenges
Cohesion Policy  

The organisers welcome proposals for Special Sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.

Submission of abstracts: Please submit proposals of papers in the form of a 400-500 word abstract (text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) through the Regional Studies Association online portal by 23rd May 2017. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.

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Conference organisers

Academic Organiser: Professor Jozsef Benedek, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

RSA Organiser: Wanda Miczorek:, +44 (0) 1323 899 698

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