Sergio Montero Munoz






Patron – Marco Aurélio Crocco Afonso (Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Secretary (Spanish speaker): Prof. José Borello (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina, e Investigador del CONICET)

Secretary (Portuguese speaker): Prof. Bernardo Campolina Diniz (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Treasurer – Professor Igor Tupy (Department of Economics, Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil)

What are the benefits of the RSA membership?


La Asociación de Estudios Regionales (Regional Studies Association) es la plataforma ideal para que investigadores, decisores políticos y profesionales involucrados en el desarrollo urbano y regional a través de su investigación y su trabajo profesional puedan desarrollar sus conocimientos y sus redes de contactos y así mejorar su perfil profesional.


A Regional Studies Association é a plataforma ideal para desenvolver os conhecimentos, redes e melhorar o perfil profissional de pesquisadores, formuladores de políticas e profissionais preocupados com o desenvolvimento regional e urbano, com a pesquisa ou política pública.

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Annual General Meeting and Board Election 2019

The Board of the RSA Latin America Division held its Annual General meeting (AGM) by Skype on 28 January 2019 at 3pm GMT. All members of the Regional Studies Association in Latin America were invited to participate in this meeting. Prior to the meeting, nominations were invited for the position of Trustee of the Board of the RSA Latin America Division.

Please find below the minutes from the meeting with the results of the Board elections.

Minutes of 2019 AGM

Upcoming Events

2019 Latin America Division Conference

Institutions, Governance and Regional Development: Rethinking Local Economic Development from the Peripheries

Image 2019 Latin America Division Conference

Date and location

  •   September 30, 2019 – October 1, 2019
  •   Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Conference details

Please note that the registration for this event will open shortly.

To join the conversation, please use #RSALatinAmerica

Important deadlines:

Special Session proposal submission: 6th May 2019

Early Career Plenary Speaker Application: 10th May 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 7th June 2019

Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban agglomerations as nodes of innovation and competitive advantage that connect territories to global value chains. This framework not only over-represents the urban and regional dynamics of cities of the global North, it also fails to address the challenges of smaller cities and peripheral regions in both the North and the South. These cities and regions can be following different development trajectories and modes of insertion to the global economy while still subject to the forces of globalisation, financialisation and planetary urbanisation that affect large urban agglomerations. This can be seen not only as a worrying gap in the literature, but also as a problem for practitioners in small and intermediate cities. Theories and policies that seek to support the ascent of global city-regions, such as export zones, high-tech clusters, and business and talent attraction strategies do not transfer well to the economic development reality of smaller cities and peripheral regions. This is where planners are striving to diversify their economic base in the face of youth migration to large urban centres, to improve public-private synergies in the context of low levels of trust or to manage the environmental consequences of extractive industries.

The 2019 RSA Latin American Division Conference in Bogotá will focus on understanding the formal and informal institutional processes through which local economic development occurs. It will have a particular emphasis on peripheral regions and small and medium-sized cities, both in the global North and the South, as well as on how the relationship between areas with large agglomerations, both domestic and globally, affect their opportunities for development. Despite decades of local and regional development policies and planning, uneven development and inter-regional differences continue to persist between large urban agglomerations and peripheral regions. We seek papers that explore new and interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches in regional studies to better capture the potential of institutions in local economic development, particularly when institutions are from the peripheries of local economic development debates. In this context, it is also crucial to understand how extractive economies, racial and patriarchal logics, infrastructure development or the increasing financialisation of the economy are affecting the local economic development possibilities of peripheral regions and cities around the globe.

Conference themes:

  • Institutions and Local Economic Development
  • Universities and Regional Development
  • Uneven Development Dynamics in Peripheral Regions
  • Rural-urban Linkages
  • Place-leadership and Territorial Development
  • Urban and Regional Politics and Governance
  • Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Innovation and Cluster Policies in Peripheral Regions
  • Creative Districts and Displacement
  • Post-Development and Post-Colonial Approaches to Local Economic Development
  • Decentralisation and Urban and Regional Planning
  • Class, Race, Gender and Local Economic Development
  • Place-based and Place-sensitive Policies

Abstract submission:

The conference will have sessions in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and we welcome abstracts in these three languages. Please submit your abstract (up to 250 words and text only) through the RSA conference portal, which will open in due course. Abstracts will be considered and reviewed by the Conference’s Committee against the criteria of originality, interest, subject balance and geographical spread.

Conference fees and registration:

Watch this space, registration and abstract submission for this conference will open in due course.

We offer a reduced conference rate for RSA members. If you are not currently an RSA member, please have a look at our Membership Benefits and consider joining the RSA before registering for the Conference. To join the RSA please go to to the Members’ Lounge at

Conference Organisers

Academic organisers:
Sergio Montero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Miguel Atienza (Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)

RSA Conference Manager:
Katharina Bürger,, +44 (0) 1273 698 017

Recent Publications

To read the latest issue of the Latin America Division Newsletter please click here.

Recent Events

XV Seminario Internacional de la Red Iberoamericana de Investigadores sobre Globalización y Territorio (RII)

Between 28th and 30th November of 2018 the RSA’s Latin America Division and the Latin American Network for Research on Globalisation and Territory (RII) collaborated as part of the RII’s XV International Meeting in Santiago de Chile Conference at the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, El Comendador 1916.

The conference was entitled “Inequality and crisis: Territorial and urban impacts in Latin America” and more than 120 presentations about the impact of the global crisis in the Latin American territories were given by Latin American and international scholars. The meeting was closed with the RSA-sponsored plenary session which was the  RSA journal Territory, Politics, Governance Annual Lecture presented by Professor Camillo Boano entitled “The ‘Gigantomachy’ and plasticity of urban capitalism: Leviathan-like territories and the potentiality of the urban project.”

For more information on this past event, please go to


 Instituciones, Gobernanza y Desarrollo Regional: Hacia una Política Pública con Enfoque Territorial en Colombia.

El Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios de Desarrollo (Cider) de la Universidad de los Andes, junto a la Red Nacional de Agencias de Desarrollo Local de Colombia (Red ADELCO), el Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (RIMISP) y el capítulo de Colombia de la Regional Studies Association (RSA) organizarán el próximo 13 de septiembre el evento “Instituciones, Gobernanza y Desarrollo Regional: Hacia una Política Pública con Enfoque Territorial en Colombia.” El evento tiene como objetivo debatir la manera en que se pueden enfrentar los desafíos del desarrollo local y regional del país, y cómo avanzar de una manera constructiva en el diseño y formulación de políticas públicas que promuevan el desarrollo regional en Colombia con un enfoque territorial.

En la primera parte, contaremos con la participación de Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, profesor de la London School of Economics (LSE) y experto en políticas de desarrollo regional, así como con los profesores Sergio Montero (Cider, Universidad de los Andes) y Karen Chapple (Universidad de California, Berkeley), quienes presentarán su nuevo libro “Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America” ( Durante la segunda parte del evento se realizará un panel donde se discutirán diferentes visiones de política pública sobre desarrollo regional por parte de representantes del gobierno nacional, regional, academia y sector privado.

La cita es en el Auditorio ML-A de la Universidad de los Andes el jueves 13 de septiembre de 7:30am a 12:30pm. La entrada es libre pero es necesario inscribirse en este link:

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RSA Latin America Division second annual conference

From 22-24 May 2017 the RSA Latin Division held its second annual conference in São Paulo, Brazil. Entitled “Urbanisation in Latin America: Exclusion, Marginality and Conflict”, the conference focused on thinking about ways, policies and ideas for solving urban problems and social disparities in Latin American cities. Recognizing that only more balanced and just societies can succeed in an ever-changing world, the conference offered delegates the opportunity to explore and discuss these key issues. Discussions were encouraged and enriched by RSA’s well-established tradition of embracing and accepting perspectives, disciplinary formations and diverse ideas. The conference was run in parallel with the 17th meeting of the Brazilian Association of Graduate Studies and Research on Regional and Urban Planning (ANPUR), which was held at the same venue and dates.

Below are some images from the event.

The Latin America Division is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.

Past Events

2017 conference