Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Place-based Policies
RSA Central & Eastern Europe Conference 2017, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Date and location
- 10th September, 2017 - 13th September, 2017
- Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
To join the conversation on twitter, please use #RSACLUJ.
Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern Europe (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 place-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?
The RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca will feature inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. This international 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|
Developing Cluj: Round Table Discussion
|Territorial Governance||Regional Policy in CEE: Old Legacies and New Challenges|
The Regional Studies Association strongly encourages participants at the conference to consider submitting their conference papers to the RSA journals – Regional Studies; Spatial Economic Analysis; Territory, Politics, Governance; Area Development and Policy and finally, Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open Access journal).
Conference registration fees
The conference is open to RSA members and non-members. RSA members benefit from a lower registration fee. Non-members might wish to join the RSA to benefit from the reduced conference fee and our membership benefits. To find out more about an RSA membership please click here.
* The Early Career rate is for those within 5 years of the date of their PhD certificate or equivalent.
** Members who have retired from full-time work.
POLICY DAY, Monday 11th September - The day-rate for the POLICY DAY is £120. For more details and the link to the registration for the day-rate, please click here.
Academic Organiser: Professor Jozsef Benedek, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
RSA Organiser: Wanda Miczorek: email@example.com, +44 (0) 1323 899 698
- Abstract Book (pdf)
- Conference Programme (pdf)
- Video information about Cluj (video)
- Call for Papers (pdf)
- Plenary Speakers - Cluj 2017
- Sponsors and Supporters
- Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Opportunities for Lagging Regions