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If you are interested in regional studies and regional sciences and you are not a full-time student, early career researcher* or a corporate representative, you can join as an Individual member. From £29 per year for new members

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Networking and Community

  • Reach a global audience of academics, policymakers and practitioners at RSA conferences and via our publications
  • Access our Professional Development webinars on demand
  • Access our Regions, Cities and Industry webinars on demand
  • Connect with others in your subject field via our funded research networks. Search our Expert Register, available through our RSA Lounge
  • International Territorial Networks – link up and extend your networks via the RSA’s International Divisions, Country Sections and UK-Sub National Branches & Sections
  • Join the RSA email network to receive our monthly E-Bulletin – all entries are moderated
  • Publish in the RSA blog and share your research/insights with the global RSA community
  • Annual President’s Event (high-profile networking and awards dinner) – free to attend for members
  • Female Early Career and Mid Career Researchers Network (with both in-person and online meetings and an active WhatsApp group)
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Funding Opportunities

  • Up to £4,000 for a Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry
  • Up to £5,000 for a Membership Research Grant (MeRSA)
  • Up to £7,500 for a Fellowship Research Grant (FeRSA)
  • Up to £15,000 for a Policy Expo Grant to connect your work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs
  • Up to £10,000 of renewable Research Network funding to organise events to discuss key questions in your area of interest
  • Apply for a Travel Grant, which offers up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event
  • Apply for conference bursaries taking the form of a free conference place at RSA conferences
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  • Annual subscription of Regional Studies (both print and online)
  • Annual subscription of Spatial Economic Analysis (both print and online)
  • Annual subscription of Territory, Politics, Governance, (both print and online)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open access journal, online)
  • Annual subscription of Area Development and Policy (both print and online)
  • Regions eZine, the Association’s e-magazine (online only)
  • Access to 23 subject-related e-journals
  • Policy Expo publications (both online and hard copy)

I am a member of the RSA because it offers unrivaled opportunities for networking and exchange of ideas for those interested in regional development issues. The level of academic debate in the RSA journals and at the RSA conferences is high, and the support for new member-driven ventures such as Research Networks on particular topics is a real bonus that helps to develop a vibrant and inclusive environment. And then, of course, issues of practical policy relevance are never far from RSA debates, something that makes the work of the Association relevant far beyond academia.

Professor Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark

I joined the RSA in 2011 when I went to the international conference in Newcastle, and I have not left since then. As part of RSA you have plenty of possibilities for accessing high level publications, for funding your research and your participation in RSA and non-RSA events and for engaging in a vibrant academic communication with those interested in and working on regional and urban studies. The opportunities for networking and for publishing your own research are fantastic. More important, when you belong to RSA you really feel this sense of community that is supportive in every sense. And you do not always need to attend conferences: social media is a great place to show up.

These opportunities are there just for you to take them all. As a member I got some funding for joining the global conference in Beijing in 2012, I have published a book at the Regions and cities series and short articles and book reviews in one RSA journal and magazine. And I have been involved in ‘academic diplomacy’ as one of the ambassadors to Mexico of the association.

Professor Alejandra Trejo Nieto
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Opportunities & Development

  • Present your work and network at our open and interdisciplinary conferences
  • Get actively involved with your Association – we welcome pro-active membership – to shape the field and support innovation
  • Win one of a number of prizes awarded each year by the Association and take part in judging
  • Use of the post-nominal MeRSA or FeRSA following your family name
  • Build a global reputation via RSA article marketing, recognition through RSA awards or our ECR plenary speaker competition etc
  • Apply to become an RSA Ambassador or Territorial Chair
  • Participate in professional training sessions as part of RSA conferences to gain skills in publishing and learn how to increase the impact of your work
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  • 20% discount off Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing in the Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science for RSA members (who should be members at the point of submission and acceptance of an article. Please email us at for the discount code)
  • Obtain discounted rates to RSA conferences
  • 20% discount off Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing in the Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science for RSA members (who should be members at the point of submission and acceptance of an article)
  • 30% discount on books and e-books in the Association’s Regions and Cities Series; 30% discount on all subject related Taylor and Francis Books including Routledge
  • 30% discount on all subject related Edward Elgar Publications books
  • 35% discount on selected subject related Wiley books
  • 35% discount on all books from Policy Press at the University of Bristol
New Members
£ 115
£ 86
£ 59
£ 29
Renewing Members
£ 103.50
£ 77.40
£ 53.10
£ 26.10
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Membership fees are for one year on a rolling basis (this means your membership will expire a full year from when you join). Membership is open to all.

Those renewing their membership are eligible for a 10% discounted rate.  The current rates will remain unchanged for 2021.

Online payments by credit or debit cards are made in Sterling and we can provide an invoice for bank transfer payments.

If you have any membership queries please contact us on +44 (0)1273 698 017 or e-mail

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