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About Us

Regions are a key spatial scale for examining the nature and impacts of political, economic, social and environmental change and innovation.

The Regional Studies Association is a learned society concerned with the analysis of regions and regional issues. Through our international membership we provide an authoritative voice of, and network for, academics, students, practitioners, policy makers.

Our board, researchers and publishers
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Our great strengths include our embrace of multiple methodologies from quantitative to qualitative, the use of thoughtful comparative research, and boundary spanning between academia and policy and practice.

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These – and our vibrant mix of members, including active participation from student members and early career researchers – help us to create a dynamic and pro-active environment in which to challenge existing thinking and push the boundaries of knowledge and practice.

Working together for greater good
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Support us

The Regional Studies Association is a registered charity that works with researchers and policymakers across all career stages and geographical regions in the field of regional studies and science. We believe that all voices should be heard, and we work hard to ensure our community is an inclusive and diverse environment in which to share and disseminate regional research. Through research grants, knowledge exchange, capacity building events, publications, and policy engagement, and together with our membership community, we support regional research, policy and development. Our contribution to research and knowledge exchange leads to evidence informed policymaking and improves people’s opportunities and outcomes via the latest research and through engagement and communication. We welcome donations and legacies that will contribute to the fund now and in years to come. Find out how you can support our work in advancing regional studies and science, to support researchers and the global regional studies community. If you are interested in finding out how you can support a researcher in the fields of regional studies or regional science, please contact Daniela Carl, RSA Deputy Chief Executive, tel: +44(0)1273 698 017, email

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Donate to the RSA’s General Fund

We are calling for donations for our general fund which allows us to invest in the community by running free conferences that provides knowledge exchange, capacity building and networking opportunities to the regional studies and science networks, give conference bursaries (conference fee waivers) to participants and award excellent conference papers with a Best Paper Award.
Your support could make a real difference!
Donate to the RSA’s General Fund

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Donate to the Early Career Grant Scheme

The RSA’s Early Career Grant Scheme has been running since 2011 and has helped built the career of 40+ early career researchers. We are very proud of the positive impact these grants had and, in some cases, the funded research helped to develop projects that then resulted in larger grants. The grant supports a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research of individual applicants in their early career.

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Donate a Prize or Award

Help us support and celebrate current and future leaders in the field with a prize or award of excellence. The RSA gives a variety of awards annually to celebrate excellence in the field.

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Donate a Travel Grant

RSA Travel Grants provide up to £500 towards travel costs to attend a non-RSA event. This grant has been running since 2008 and is highly appreciated within the RSA community.

Policy documents

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