Ireland (Section)


Justin Doran


"The conferences and workshops hosted by the Irish Section continue to attract policy makers and academics whose interests are in the area of regional studies and in the coming years we will continue to contribute to discussions on regional policies in Ireland. I would encourage those who are not already members of the RSA to join and to contribute and attend the events of the Irish Section."


The Regional Studies Irish Branch (RSAIR) was officially open in 1974 to provide a forum to discuss regional issues in Ireland.

The aim of the Branch is:

Upcoming Conference

Regional Studies Association Irish Section Annual Conference: "City-Led Regional Development and Peripheral Regions".

Friday 7 September 2018, Sligo IT

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

The theme of this year’s RSA-Irish Section Annual Conference is “City-led Regional Development and Peripheral Regions”. 

Call for Papers: 
We call for presentations from policy makers, academia and practitioners active in the field of regional studies. Post-graduate students are encouraged to submit. We call for presentations dealing with, amongst others, the following themes: 

•    Cities as a source of Economic Growth
•    Development in Peripheral Region 
•    Urban centres and economic development
•    The NPF and Governance 
•    The NPF and Housing
•    Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies
•    Local and regional economic forums
•    New approaches to regional development
•    International comparator cases
•    Other contributions dealing with the topic of regional studies are invited and will be included in focussed sessions.

Please submit proposals for presentation in the form of a 250 word abstract.  Submissions should be made online at  

Sligo, IT

Registration and Conference updates:
Conference fees: 70 Euro (including lunch)
Registration and conference updates are available on the Regional Studies Association, Irish Section website at:

Any queries regarding registration should be send to 


Please note: The Irish Section is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.



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