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

RSA Central & Eastern Europe 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 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
Smart Specialization

Developing Cluj: Round Table Discussion

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


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

  Member Non-Member
Individual/Corporate £190 £280
Early Career*/Retired** £170 £240
Student £150 £190

* 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. 

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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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