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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 £34 per year for new members.

* Within 5 years of the date on PhD certificate or equivalent.

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Networking and Community

  • Reach a global audience of academics, policymakers and practitioners at RSA conferences, online events and via our publications
  • Access our Professional Development webinars
  • Access on demand presentations by acclaimed experts in the field via the RSA Webinar series such as the Regions, Cities and Industry webinars
  • Connect with others via RSA funded research networks, search the Expert Register and network via the RSA’s Engagement and Events App (RSA Hub)
  • Link up and extend your networks via the RSA’s International Divisions, Country Sections Ambassadors and UK Sub-National Branches
  • Join the RSA email list to receive our monthly E-Bulletin for latest RSA initiatives and support – all entries are moderated
  • Publish in the RSA Blog and share your research/insights with the global RSA community
  • Connect with others via the Women’s Early Career and Mid-Career Researchers Network (with regular meetings and an active WhatsApp group)
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Funding Opportunities

  • Up to £5,000 Membership Research Grant (MeRSA)
  • Up to £7,500 Fellowship Research Grant (FeRSA)
  • Up to £15,000 Policy Expo Grant to reach global audiences and 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
  • Up to £500 Travel Grant towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event**
  • Conference bursaries taking the form of a free conference place at charged RSA conferences
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  • Annual subscription of Regional Studies (12 issues)
  • Annual subscription of Spatial Economic Analysis (4 issues)
  • Annual subscription of Territory, Politics, Governance (8 issues)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open access journal, online)
  • Annual subscription of Area Development and Policy (4 issues, 1 volume)
  • Regions eZine, the Association’s e-magazine (online only)
  • Access to 23 subject-related e-journals
  • Policy Impact books (online and hard copy)

I joke that I joined the RSA by mistake – I’m from a different disciplinary background, and first met regional studies when a project colleague submitted a paper to an RSA Annual Conference. I’ve never looked back! The RSA gave me a warm welcome and my membership has opened possibilities for research, professional development, collaboration and impact that have changed the course of my academic career. These opportunities have been well above what I have found through the other associations I have joined over the years. The RSA especially stands out for European policy engagement and early career support. I’ve quickly gone from being a stranger to part of a lively interdisciplinary community that I always enjoy engaging with, and I’m proud to now be a Fellow of the RSA.

Dr Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire

RSA Individual member and Annual Conference Bursary winner, Solomiia Tkach describes what she enjoys about her RSA Membership.

Solomiia Tkach, Institute of Regional Research of NAS of Ukraine

Individual member and Annual Conference Bursary winner, Chandrima Mukhopadhyay describes what she enjoys about her RSA Membership.

Chandrima Mukhopadhyay, UN-Habitat India

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
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Opportunities & Development

  • Participate in professional development training sessions and access on demand recordings of the professional development webinars
  • Present your work and network at our open and interdisciplinary conferences and webinars
  • 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
  • Apply to become an RSA journal, Blog or Regions editor
  • Benefit from knowledge exchange activities at EU level via the RSA’s European Foundation (RSA Europe)
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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 members’ rates to RSA conferences
  • 30% discount on all subject-related Taylor and Francis Books including Routledge
  • 30% discount on books and e-books in the Association’s Regions and Cities Series
  • 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

Membership fees

New Members
£ 139
£ 100
£ 68
£ 34
Renewing Members
£ 125
£ 90
£ 61
£ 31
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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.

Country band is determined by place of residence (not place of origin).

Those renewing their membership are eligible for a 10% discounted rate. You have the option to pay for multiple years in advance, taking advantage of the 10% discount and this year’s fee for several years. Please email Alex if this is something you wish to arrange, or if you wish to pay via Direct Debit.

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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