The RSA at the AAG 2017- Meet us in Boston

As in previous years, the RSA will have again a strong presence at the AAG with annual lectures for our journals (Regional Studies; Area Development and Policy; and Territory, Governance, Politics), 14 Economic Geography sessions, sessions organised by the RSA Research Network on Finance Geography (held at MIT), several sessions organised by RSA members and an exhibition stand which is part of the Routledge stand (#100). So see you in Boston! 


AREA DEVELOPMENT AND POLICY - Annual Lecture

Title: Regional development in an era of slow global economic growth
[Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Room 200, Hynes, Second Level]

Introduction and Chair: Weidong Liu - Chinese Academy of Sciences 
Panelist: Gordon L. Clark - Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment 
Discussant(s): Eric S. Sheppard - UCLA and George C.S. Lin - University of Hong Kong 

To address the challenges faced by regions, this plenary session will invite Prof. Gordon Clark from Oxford University to deliver a themed talk on regional development in an era of slow global economic growth. The global financial crisis, the Euro crisis, BREXIT and slowing Asian economic growth all have significant impacts on region development all over the world. Prof. Clark will try to explain how and why nation-states have run out of fiscal capacity and monetary policy, and face extraordinary pressures to rein-in credit and borrowing. His questions include: how are regions to cope with these forces? Will global integration via networks of exchange make-up the difference or might those networks also be drawn into the orbit of their nation-states (for some regions, but not all regions)? Are there two paths to the future - one a race to the top, the other a race to the bottom? How can we facilitate the race to the top wherein regions take-over as the engines of global economic growth bypassing the paralysis evident in nation-states and trading blocs?

For more details: http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=26985

 

TERRITORY, POLITICS, GOVERNANCE - Annual Lecture 

Title: Imagining the Post-Fossil City - Why is it so difficult to think of new possible worlds?
[Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Constitution A, Sheraton, Second Floor]

Introduction and Chair: Martin Jones - University of Sheffield 
Panelist: Maarten Hajer - Utrecht University 
Discussant: David Wachsmuth - McGill University 

Why is it so difficult to think of new possible urban futures? Countless papers and reports start with the reiteration that the trend towards urbanization will continue. 'In 2050 up to 70% of the world's population is expected to live in cities.' While recognizing this macro-trend it is clear that building cities according to the principles that emerged over the 20th Century, with a dominant role for auto-mobility, and widely dispersed 'enclavism', will lead to an environmental disaster. Yet the transition to 'post-fossil urbanization' is slow in coming.  Prof. Hajer argues that this has to do with the fact that we lack new imaginaries, new appealing conceptions of future city life. In his talk, he will reflect on the question why we have lost the capacity to imagine alternative urban futures. Learning from the literature on Science Fiction and practices like 'research by design' Hajer aims to recoup our capacity to think of alternative possible worlds.

More details at http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28390

 

REGIONAL STUDIES Regional Studies - Annual Lecture 

Title: Meeting the Challenge of Social and Regional Inequality: How Coordinated Market Economies Link Innovation and Welfare
[Friday, 4/7/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Independence West, Sheraton, Second Floor]

Introduction and Chair: Dieter Franz Kogler - University College Dublin 
Panelist: Bjorn T. Asheim- University of Stavanger, Norway and Lund University, Sweden
Discussant: Helen Lawton Smith - Birkbeck University of London 

People in the contemporary Western world are suffering from two interconnected problems: a low rate of economic growth and a distribution of this more limited growth that is regionally and socially unequal. These problems are interconnected as they are rooted in the same political and ideological morass of the neo-liberalist regime of deregulation and liberalisation of the 1980s. Historically, innovation has been the most important source for increased productivity and value creation, and, thus, for making societies wealthier. When combined with the welfare policies of European coordinated market economies, this wealth has been fairly evenly distributed regionally and socially. Agents generating this growth have traditionally been Schumpeter's Mark I entrepreneurs and his Mark II big corporations, often in close cooperation with national governments, which has characterised the Nordic countries. Today entrepreneurs create disruptive innovations, which only make themselves richer but not their host societies, and the big corporations are more and more focused on tax evasion, share buyback and other short-term activities, instead of investing their profits in innovation to secure future competitiveness. As a consequence, the underlying rate of innovation has slowed down, with lower productivity and value creation as a result.


What can a proactive innovation policy do to solve these problems, and what kinds of organisational and institutional innovations are needed to implement such a policy? How can policy not only solve the growth problem but the distributional problem as well? I shall argue that the answer is to be found in the coordinated market economies, where policies that shape innovation and welfare are strongly interlinked. The lecture aims at presenting such an agenda, inspired and informed by the innovation and welfare policies of the Nordic countries in general, and Sweden specifically.

More details at http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28389

 

RSA RESEARCH NETWORK EVENT

Research Network on Finance Geography: Finance, Geography and Sustainability: Lessons for Urban Planning, Development and Beyond

Monday, 4/3/2017 8:00 AM – 4/4/2017 4:00 PM in Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue Room 9-255 Cambridge, MA 02139 United States] More details at www.regionalstudies.org/events/event/finance-geography-and-sustainability-lessons-for-urban-planning-development

 

ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY SESSIONS

Structure, networks, evolution & policy 

The series of "Economic Geography" special sessions features theoretical and empirical research papers under the heading 'Structure, Networks, Evolution & Policy'. The various sessions highlight such topics, including innovation space, networks, policy, economic development, knowledge creation, relatedness, specialization, institutions, trade, resilience, and regional growth.

Economic Geography I – Relatedness, Evolution and Path-Creation; an Alternative Approach [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28392

Economic Geography II – Knowledge and Product Spaces, Smart Specialization, and the Evolution of Economies [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28393

Economic Geography III – Planning, Policy, Institutions, and Economic Performance [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, 12:40 AM - 2:20 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28394

Economic Geography IV – Investment, Firms, Skills, and Regional Resilience [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28395

Economic Geography V – Intersections, Relations, Routines, and Collaborations in Innovation Processes [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, 4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28396

Economic Geography VI – Knowledge & Technology in a Regional and Sectoral Context [Thursday, 4/6/2017, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28397

Economic Geography VII – Technological Diffusion and the Economic Geography of New Production Spaces [Thursday, 4/6/2017, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28398

Economic Geography VIII – The History of Creativity and Innovation and the Role of Agglomeration and Urbanization Economies [Thursday, 4/6/2017, 1:20 PM - 3:00 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28399

Economic Geography IX – Novelty, Access, Diffusion and Networks in Regional and Sectoral Development [Thursday, 4/6/2017, 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28400

Economic Geography X – Evolution, Creativity, Growth and Impact [Friday, 4/7/2017, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28402

Economic Geography XI – Institutions and Framework Conditions in Support of Entrepreneurship and Innovation [Friday, 4/7/2017, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28403

Economic Geography XII – Evolution, Path-Creation, and the Quest for Smart Development Opportunities [Friday, 4/7/2017, 1:20 PM - 3:00 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28404

Economic Geography XIII – Migration, Labor Mobility and Wages – Outlook and Gaps [Friday, 4/7/2017, 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28405

Economic Geography XIV – Innovation and Learning in Core and Peripheral Regions, Cohesion and Brexit [Friday, 4/7/2017, 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, 2nd Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28406

 

RSA MEMBERS' SESSIONS

David Bassens- Free University of Brussels 

European Financial Geographies in Flux I [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=26986

European Financial Geographies in Flux II [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 12:40 PM - 2:20 PM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27913

European Financial Geographies in Flux III [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27914

European Financial Geographies in Flux IV [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Tremont, Marriott, First Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28595

 

Stuart Dawley - CURDS, Newcastle University

Extra-regional dynamics of territorial development I: Placing Networks [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Harvard, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=26677

Extra-regional dynamics of territorial development II: Innovation and Transition  [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Harvard, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27138

Extra-regional dynamics of territorial development III: Strategic Couplings [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 12:40 PM - 2:20 PM in Harvard, Marriott, Third Floor]  http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27139

Extra-regional dynamics of territorial development IV: Path Creation and Regional Development  [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Harvard, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27140

Extra-regional dynamics of territorial development: towards a new agenda?  [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Harvard, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27141

 

Emil Evenhuis- University of Cambridge 

City Economic Evolutions: Coping with Structural Change [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28064 

City Economic Evolutions: Relational Perspectives [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 1:20 PM - 3:00 PM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28112 

City Economic Evolutions: Demographic Factors and the Role of Planning [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28109 

 

David C. Gibbs - University of Hull

Going Round in (Perfect) Circles? Exploring the Circular Economy [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 12:40 PM - 2:20 PM in Room 310, Hynes, Third Level] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27127

Going Round in (Perfect) Circles? Exploring the Circular Economy [Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Room 310, Hynes, Third Level] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27245

 

Helen Lawton Smith - Birkbeck University of London 

Placing the Politics of Skill II [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Brandeis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27365

 

Weidong Liu - Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Uncomfortable theoretical fit--Debating the China model: which frame and what future? (II) [Friday, 4/7/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Jefferson, Sheraton, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27106
 

Andy Pike- CURDS, Newcastle University

City Economic Evolutions: Coping with Structural Change [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28064
City Economic Evolutions: Relational Perspectives [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 1:20 PM - 3:00 PM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=28112
CURDS 40th Anniversary - urban and regional development: retrospect and prospect [Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in New Hampshire, Marriott, Fifth Floor] http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=27341

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