Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century

Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference

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Conference details


Cities and regions in Australia and New Zealand have experienced more than 30 years of social and demographic dynamism as a consequence of micro economic reform, greater engagement with the global networks of production, new patterns of migration, rising national prosperity and the shift towards a service based economy.   In many respects, the antipodean nations have led the world in the process of economic liberalisation, stripping away regulations to move from being some of the most protected economies in the OECD in the 1960s to amongst the most open economies in the 21st Century. For some regions, cities and towns change has resulted in growth, while for others the last three decades have been marked by fluctuating fortunes and even decline. Public sector reform at the national, provincial/state and local levels have contributed to these processes of change, calling into question both previous paradigms and policy settings.  These changes have had immense impacts for academics and other researchers involved in the study of regions, resulting in the development of new theoretical positions and the need to engage with a much broader set of intellectual arguments.  This, the first Regional Studies Association, event in Australasia seeks to contribute to the growth in academic dialogue at the local and global scales.

Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia seeks contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional analysis, especially those focussed on Australasia. Themes of interest to the conference include:

One aspect of these themes that could be considered and will be welcomed is the ‘cultural’ dimension of change, as reflected in emerging approaches to addressing change by local governments across the world. 

Submission of papers
Please submit proposals for 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 2nd March 2015. Registration and submission will be available on the Regional Studies Association website shortly at:

Please note that this conference has limited places; successful candidates will be notified within two weeks of the closing date. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance. 

Conference Fees
The conference is open to RSA members and non-members. Fees for members and non-members will be clearly displayed once registration is open.

RSA members benefit from a lower registration fee. Non-members might wish to join the RSA to also benefit from the reduced conference fee and our membership benefits (e.g. publications, funding, networking opportunities, awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, reduced members' rates for RSA events, conferences and discounted publications). To find out more about membership please click here.

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Conference organisers

Conference organisation
Professor Andrew Beer, the University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Peter Fairbrother, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

RSA Organiser:
Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at for further details and questions regarding abstract submission. 

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