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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 […]

In Memoriam - Paul Benneworth

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A message from the RSRS Early Career Section editors: Sabrina Lai, Marijana Sumpor, Rhiannon Pugh, Declan Jordan & Marcin Dąbrowski On 12 of May 2020 we found out that Paul Benneworth passed away. This news shocked and saddened us deeply. Paul was our colleague in the Regional Studies, Regional Science editorial team and a friend […]

Regional Studies Association Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry on the progress of devolution in England

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This document was submitted to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry on the progress of devolution in England. Neil Lee explains “Devolution is a central concern to the RSA’s international membership base. This submission to the HCLG select committee draws on this expertise and provides advice on progress on devolution in England.” Please […]

RSA Grant Scheme Response to Covid-19

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The RSA recognizes that grant holders on all our research schemes may need to change their schedule and dissemination plan and to move to online meetings and virtual activities. Because our primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of our community, through this statement, we are updating the grant guidelines for our funding (Research […]

Our May Member of the Month

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Rachel Franklin is professor of geographical analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. She is a population geographer who works at the intersection of demographic change and spatial analysis. Her most recent research projects have focused on the geography of […]

Call for RSA Award nominations is now extended

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Within these unprecedented times, we feel that it is important to remember to celebrate the research and work that has been carried out in regional studies and its related fields, including urban and rural studies, city-regions and interstitial spaces. Thus we have decided to extend the deadline for nominations until 21st May 2020. Nominations (both self-nominations […]

Introducing the new RSA webinar series

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Dear RSA Community, Friends and Colleagues, During these unprecedented times, it is of upmost importance that we all follow the guidelines that ensure to keep ourselves and others safe. For many of us that currently means that we work from home with limited interactions to the outside world, which in turn significantly limits the possibility for […]

Pandemics, Cities, Regions and Industry Resources

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A new policy briefing on the Northern Powerhouse has just been published on the CURDS website, derived from an academic paper published online yesterday in Territory, Politics, Governance Governing uneven development: the Northern Powerhouse as a ‘state spatial strategy’ by Danny MacKinnon. You can read the Policy Briefing here.

Pandemics, Cities, Regions and Industry Resources

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The RSA is committed to supporting the global community in researching and disseminating evidence about how regions, cities and industry are dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus. We are collating a multi-disciplinary resource on research and evidence for the current crisis and its impact on regions, cities and industry.  Please have a look at our […]

Politics of Displacement, Identity and Urban Citizenship in Migratory Contexts

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The RSA Research Network on Politics of Displacement, Identity and Urban Citizenship in Migratory Contexts organised an event: Participatory Action Research and Ethnographic Theatre: I Am Rohingya: Staging a Genocide, a presentation by Yusuf Zine held on March 10, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. Organisers: Hulya Arik is an assistant professor at the Human Geography at […]

Our April Member of the Month

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Robert Bowen is a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at the School of Management at Swansea University, and has previously held academic positions at Aberystwyth University, where he developed the Welsh language programme of Business studies, and the University of Nantes, France. He also currently holds a position of Visiting Lecturer at Audencia Business School in […]

A Message from our Chair

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COVID-19 and the Regional Studies Association community We are all facing great uncertainty at the present time as we adapt to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities and regions are now very different places across most parts of the world. Those of us studying, researching and analysing urban and regional change will never […]

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A Message from our President

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Dear RSA Member and the wider community As the Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, albeit unevenly from country to country, so our universities, colleges and institutes have closed. Many of you, like me, will be trying to work at home, physically isolated from our colleagues and associates.  Working from home under current circumstances […]

FeRSA Winners 2019: Elvira Uyarra and Helen Lawton Smith

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our Fellowship Research Grant Scheme (FeRSA) and we are looking forward to working with them. Please read more about their projects below. Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester, UK Constructing markets for new path development. The role of the state.  The aim of this project is to understand the role […]

RSA journals Coronavirus statement

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The coronavirus crisis presents significant challenges, of which the most pressing is health and wellbeing. During the period of the crisis it is likely that people who contribute to the workings of the RSA journals will need to adjust their daily lives in order to care for children, family members or to help others out. […]

2020 RSA Annual Conference Refund Page

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On 13th March 2020, in a virtual meeting, the Board of the Regional Studies Association took the difficult decision that the Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia cannot go ahead as planned in June. This decision was taken in the light of the evolving situation relating to coronavirus and in close consultation with the local organising team. […]

International and Internal Migration: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe

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16TH – 17TH JANUARY – 2020, GRAN SASSO SCIENCE INSTITUTE, ITALY Proceedings The proceedings are based on the presentations, discussions and keynote speakers’ lectures that took place in the workshop on International and Internal Migration: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe that was organized by Gran Sasso Science Institute, (GSSI) in Italy and was funded by […]

CALL FOR ARTICLES! “Urban & Regional responses to Climate Emergency”

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Regions examines the prime issues affecting our cities and urban regions.  CALL FOR ARTICLES!  “Urban & Regional responses to Climate Emergency Cities and urban regions are major contributors to climate change, but they can also offer a part of the solution. Landscape conservation strategies, green-infrastructure management and restoration of urban forest etc., may mitigate the effects of […]

Sir Peter Hall Award goes to Professor Meric Gertler

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We are honoured to announce that the Sir Peter Hall Award for Contribution to the Field goes to Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, Canada. The Sir Peter Hall Award is not only given to recognise the intellectual contribution of Professor Gertler in terms of his leading ideas, but also for his […]

RSA Update - Sustainability

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Welcome to our first RSA Update. These announcements are aimed at sharing some of the behind-the-scenes work that we are working on. In this first edition, we are focusing on our commitment to improving our sustainability performance and decreasing our environmental impact. We are delighted to be able to share with you some of the […]

Our February Member of the Month

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Laura Polverari is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua, where she teaches EU policies and policymaking, multi-level governance, lobbying in the EU, and public administration/public policy. At the University of Padua she also co-directs, with Paolo Graziano, the ‘Institutional and Administrative Capacities Observatory’ ( . Until October 2019, Laura was Senior Research Fellow at the […]

Welcome to our new Board member - Phil Tomlinson

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We are delighted to introduce our new member of the Board, Phil Tomlinson, who is the new Editor of the RSA Policy Impact books. Phil Tomlinson is a Professor of Industrial Strategy in the School of Management, at the University of Bath. He has published over 60 articles in leading academic journals, books and book […]

Congratulations to our new Fellows of the RSA

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We have several new Fellows of the RSA, awarded for being continuous members for a minimum of 5 years and who have been considered to be active members of the Association. Thank you to all our new FeRSAs for contributing to the life of the Association, through serving on the Board or committees, speaking at conferences, […]

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