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Successful partnership with the OECD’s Trento Centre for Local Development

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This webinar, held on the 3 September 2020, was organised in collaboration between the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development (an integral part of Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities) and the Regional Studies Association. The webinar was the 9th Meeting of the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab and part of […]

Our September Member of the Month

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Sylvia Ying He is an associate professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Associate Editor of Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Asian Transport Studies (Elsevier), and Guest Editor of Town Planning Review (Liverpool University Press). She is a Board Member and […]

Regional Studies Association Submission to ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences Open Consultation

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Drafted by John Harrison with input from Phil Tomlinson Chris Dymos Mia Gray Neil Lee Michael Taster   1. How well do UK social science doctoral programmes equip students with the skills needed for their future careers? How competitive are they internationally? A UK PhD is generally well respected, however, the mandatory training provided as […]

New Regions Cities Industry Webinars

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Following on from a successful first series and with continuing popularity, the RSA Regions Cities Industry Webinar Series resumes on 30th September, after a short summer break. We are again offering monthly webinars on timely topics for researchers and policymakers alike. All webinars are free and open for all to attend. You can find more […]

Our August Member of the Month

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Etienne Nel is a Professor and Head of the School of Geography at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His research interests lie at the interface between urban and economic geography and development studies. To date his research and writing have focussed in particular on issues of regional and local economic development, the […]

New Professional Development Webinars added for September to December

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Following on from its great success and continuing popularity, the RSA Professional Development Webinar Series resumes on 2nd September, after a short summer break in August. We are again offering (almost) weekly webinars on timely topics for researchers at different career stages. All webinars are free and open to attend for all. A recording of […]

Virtual Urban Thinkers Campus Webinar Series

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In July, the RSA worked with partners in India, Europe and the USA on the UN-Habitat’s Virtual Urban Thinkers Campus Webinar Series. Focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on urban systems, the popular six webinars covered topics such as public spaces, financial recovery, housing, mobility, climate action and energy policy, multi-level governance and resilience of […]

Student and Early Career Awards 2020

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We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2020 RSA Student and Early Career Awards. The Regional Studies Association have determined that all the winners have made an original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies. The Awards Ceremony will take place virtually. Nathaniel Lichfield Award: Elena Catharina Lutz, London School of […]

Our July Member of the Month

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Alejandra Trejo is currently a professor in the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Alejandra is one of the ambassador to Mexico of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). She is an urban and regional economist whose research agenda reflects significant interdisciplinary concerns about the issues […]

Area Development Policy article cited in Forbes

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David R. Meyer, Senior Lecturer in Management at Olin Business School (Washington University in St. Louis) published an article in Area Development and Policy (published online on 08 April 2020) ‘The Hong Kong protests will not undermine it as a leading global financial centre’. Drawing on the ‘geography of finance’ research and its focus on financial networks […]

RSA Member Videos

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We are delighted that some of our members have responded to our calls for videos.  We have several Early Career members who have shared their tips for applying for a research grant, a sometimes time consuming and frustrating process. Some of our Earl Career grant holders have shared their top tips for applying for grants. […]

RSA Journal Metrics Updates

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The use of journal metrics is contested and DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (2013) sought to improve the practices of research evaluation. There remain a large number of metrics used in the evaluation of research and the latest results are now available for Elsevier’s Scopus Citescore and the Impact Factor   […]

The Future for RSA Annual Conferences 2021 onwards

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Coronavirus has disrupted conference and events programmes globally resulting in mass cancellations and postponements in 2020. There remains much ongoing uncertainty about the path of the virus. It is probable that until there is an effective vaccine there remains the likelihood of localised outbreaks requiring suppression. The RSA is concerned for the safety and well-being […]

RSA Membership Summer Offer

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We are delighted to offer you a 10% discount off RSA membership fees until the 15th July 2020 for new members. A twelve month RSA membership offers you access to 24 journals in the field of regional studies and science, a variety of funding schemes and awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, webinars […]

Welcome to our new Regions eZine Editors

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We are delighted to welcome Stefania Fiorentino and Robert Bowen who will be joining Eduardo Oliveira as editors of Regions, our online magazine. Stefania is a multidisciplinary researcher and teaching fellow in planning and economic development, with working experience in international consultancies. She currently lectures modules in spatial planning and urban regeneration both at University […]

Membership benefits - Access the webinar recordings

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Our two webinar series continue to run successfully: the Regions Cities Industry Webinar Series running once a month and the Professional Development Webinar Series running three times a month. We are delighted to be able to offer free access to everyone to watch these webinars live, regardless of RSA membership.  To watch our webinars live, […]

Research Networks Event Report: Polycentric urban regions

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OVERALL AIM OF THE NETWORK: ‘Polycentric urban regions’ (PURs) have become a key concept in regional studies, both as an analytical framework to capture empirical realities as well as part of normative visions and goals in regional development policies. In its most basic guise, the PUR notion applies to regions characterised by the presence of […]

Statement for the RSA website on Black Lives Matter

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The Regional Studies Association, as a global learned society for the study of cities and regions, supports the Black Lives Matter campaign and we are determined to confront racism in all its forms. We are committed to working with our members to continue to promote a diverse and inclusive learned society across all our activities […]

Call for Proposals: Routledge-RSA Regions & Cities Book Series - Regions, Cities and Covid-19

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The Covid-19 global pandemic has had a severe impact on every aspect of society, transforming everyday living, curtailing local movement and international mobility, disrupting labor and the functioning of the economy, altering how cities are managed and governed, and exacerbating social and spatial inequalities. Cities and their hinterlands have been the epicenters of the resulting […]

RSA Submits Response to UKRI Open Access Review

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The RSA Submits Response to UKRI Open Access Review 26 May 2020 The RSA has made an extensive response to the UKRI Open Access Review, the outcome of which will determine open access policies for the UK Research Councils and inform the requirements for outputs submitted to the REF after REF2021. Full information about the […]

Share your top tips for a successful grant application

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Applying for a research grant is time consuming and sometimes frustrating. With application deadlines looming, we are calling the Regional Studies Community to share your top tips for a successful application. Please send us a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) recorded on your phone with your top tips for a successful grant application. […]

A Video Message from Sally Hardy, CEO of the Regional Studies Association

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Profile - Paul Benneworth

A message from David Charles - In Memoriam of Paul Benneworth

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It’s hard to believe that our wonderful friend and colleague has passed away so suddenly and untimely this week. I knew Paul for 24 years and worked with him in one form or another over almost all of that period. His loss is a huge personal blow for his family and friends, but also an […]

A message from Sally Hardy, RSA CEO - In Memoriam of Paul Benneworth

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It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing this week of Paul Benneworth on Tuesday 12th May. Paul was a long-time friend of the Regional Studies Association, a great contributor to our journals and our governance and he will be greatly missed. Paul passed away in his sleep and our thoughts are […]

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