New Horizons for Cities and Regions in a Changing World

RSA Winter Conference 2018, London, UK

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Abstract submission deadline has been extended: 3rd September 2018

We are living through a period of profound change. Fundamental shifts occurring economically (increasing leadership in Asia, new opportunities in Africa, raising connectivity through global investment flows), demographically (aging populations, migration), politically (resurgent secession movements, isolationism and protectionism), democratically (unexpected electoral outcomes), technologically (Industry 4.0, ‘big data’), environmentally (smart urbanism), and socially (raising inequalities, security concerns) all have important implications for cities and regions. In times of growing uncertainty and instability, regional research is vital to inform public debates and invoke appropriate policy responses. Indeed, regional research can once more be seen spearheading major efforts to provide the type of reliable, robust knowledge necessary to correct the opening up of gaps between people and places which are emerging as winners and losers from these processes. But the stakes have never been higher, and with more major changes on the horizon – e.g. Brexit, post-2020 EU Budget – there is an urgent need to examine how they will impact the futures of cities and regions, and equally important, the nature of regional research in the years ahead.

The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2018 presents a timely opportunity to discuss and debate these important issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives in the field, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting practitioners and policymakers. The focus on ‘horizons’ is an invitation to step outside the narrow confines of existing debate to address issues of profound relevance, significance and importance to the rapidly changing urban and regional world(s) in which we live and work. The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions which extend our urban and regional horizons by identifying new fields of enquiry, which address a broad research and policy agenda, and including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights at local and regional levels. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.

Broad themes and key shifts the organisers are keen to facilitate discussion around include, but are not limited to:

Submission details:
Please submit your abstract (250 words) by 20th August 2018. Proposals will be considered by the conference programme committee against the criterial of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. 

Conference Fees
The conference is open to RSA members and non-members. RSA members benefit from a lower registration fee. The Non-members fee now includes 1 year RSA Membership, please click here to find out more about the member benefits.

RSA Individual/ Corporate Member £285
RSA Early Career/Retired/Emeritus Member £210
RSA Student Member £165
Non-member Individual (Includes 1 year RSA Membership) £370
Non-member Early Career/Retire/Emeritus (Includes 1 year RSA Membership) £270
Non-member Student (Includes 1 year RSA Membership) £200

To tie in with the RSA Winter conference theme 2018 'New Horizons for Cities and Regions in a Changing World' Routledge have put together this FREE chapter sampler which includes extracts from books in the RSA book series, Regions and Cities. At the same time as downloading your chapter sampler, you can also enter  a prize draw to win £150 worth of Routledge books of your choice. The prize draw closes on 23 November 2018, so be sure to enter before then! 

ESPON Scientific Conference 2018: Call for Abstracts
The conference ‘Building the next generation of research on territorial development’ aims to share and discuss experiences and upcoming challenges in territorial development and cohesion. Three topics have been identified as common challenges for improving and further developing the support to policy makers:
a) territorial interrelations;
b) integrated territorial development;
c) new data sources.

Deadline Extended for abstracts to be submitted: 31 August 2018. Further details and abstract submission at:

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Conference organisers

Academic Organisers
John Harrison, Loughborough University, UK
Riccardo Crescenzi, London School of Economics, UK
Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester, UK

RSA Organiser
Lesa Reynolds -

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