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‘Polycentric urban regions’ (PURs) have become a key concept in regional studies, both as a frame for capturing empirical realities and as part of normative visions in development policies. In its most basic guise, the PUR notion applies to regions characterised by the presence of multiple, more-or-less proximate urban centres without pronounced hierarchical differentiation. Although […]

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The RSA Board agreed that the Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions and Industry should remain in place and the Research Network Grant Scheme & Travel Grant should remain on hold as the pandemic has not appeared to have passed, particularly in large parts of the developing world. Therefore, the application deadline for the […]

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Engaging Citizens in Research: Design, Methods and Data, 26 May 2021 This was the second workshop organised by the Regional Studies Association Research Network on Citizen Entrepreneurship (RSARNCE). The recording of this session is now available here: The main objectives were: Identify, discuss and develop different approaches to doing research involving citizens in varied communities […]

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In 2021, the Regional Studies Association awarded Policy Expo funding to the project “Tackling a global pandemic in Asian Megacities: Uneven vulnerabilities, State responses and grassroots practices”. This Policy Expo project has now published a Call for Evidence, please click here for more details. The deadline for submissions to this Call for Evidence is 31 […]

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About NOIR The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Infrastructural Regionalism (NOIR) is a network of scholars engaging in research at the intersection of infrastructure and regional studies. Infrastructural regionalism focuses on those infrastructures that have relevance beyond the local. Analyzing regions through infrastructure provides a novel perspective on the regional question as investment and […]

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Theoretical reflections on EU Cohesion Policy a webinar organised by the Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy #CPnet The event report by: Ida Musiałkowska, Associate Professor and Head of Department of European Studies at Poznań University of Economics and Business (Poland). RSA Ambassador to Poland, https://www.regionalstudies.org/people/ida-musialkowska/ Julia Walczyk, Master’s student (2020/2021) of […]

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Our 2020 Fellowship Research Grant (FeRSA) was awarded to Will Eadson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK for the following project: Older industrial towns at the frontier of new energy economies Transformation of energy systems in response to decarbonisation pressures is gathering pace. Moving from fossil-fuelled to renewable energy production involves shifts in energy production technologies, resource […]

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We are pleased to announce that the following members of the Regional Studies Association have been awarded an RSA Early Career Grant of £10,000: Emma Colven, University of Oklahoma, USA Speculating on Jakarta’s Future: Real Estate and Water Crisis in Jakarta The aim of this project is to understand the role of speculative urban development […]

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Membership Research Grant Scheme (MeRSA) and we are looking forward to working with them. Please read more about their projects below. Christophe Sohn, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg Borders reloaded! The impact of rebordering dynamics on European cross-border regionalism The overall aim of […]

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We are happy to present our fifth publication in the Regional Studies Policy Impact Books Series – Putting Universities in their Place: An evidence based approach to understanding the contribution of higher education to local and regional development. Authors:  Louise Kempton is Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), […]

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Summary by Jennifer Day, The University of Melbourne (and co-organisers) Network Aims:  APCUS-SP aims to generate collaboration between academics and practitioners during the acute phases of humanitarian response fore cities in the South Pacific, and also in the less-acute planning Lifespan: APCUS-SP started in May 2018, and though we are wrapping up funded activities, but […]

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Organisers:  Hulya Arik – University of Toronto, Scarborough Secil Dagtas – University of Waterloo Johanna Reynolds – York University The Regional Studies Research Network, Politics of Displacement, Identity and Urban Citizenship in Migratory Contexts, organized a workshop in Lyon, France, June 26-27, 2018, titled Displacement, Transnational Mobility, and Religious Realities. It focused largely on religion […]

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The Regional Studies Association commissioned a grant to develop a risk/recovery regional index. The research is led by: Prof. Terry Clower, Director, Center for Regional Analysis, Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA Prof. Emeritus Will Rifkin, University of Newcastle, Australia Mr Jacob Irving, University of South Australia, Australia Dr […]

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Policy Expo: Accommodating Connected and Autonomous Vehicles The Regional Studies Association has commissioned a Policy Expo to examine local and regional responses to connected and autonomous vehicles. The research will be led by: Ed Ferrari, Sheffield Hallam University (UK) Stephen Parkes, Sheffield Hallam University (UK) Rebecca Powell, Arup (UK) Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon (US) […]

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The Association seeks a leading and impactful role for its community, to inform and influence policy and practice in creative and ambitious ways. The aim is to support Expos addressing issues that are important, current and having an impact on society. These Expos will investigate how the communities of regional studies, regional science, urban studies […]

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On September 29- October 2, 2020, NOIR hosted a series of virtual workshops on Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance. The workshop series, attended by participants from around the world, was designed to foster a global interdisciplinary conversation examining: (1) how water infrastructure shapes formal and informal regional spaces, communities, and governance dynamics; and (2) how […]

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Over the last decade, Smart Specialisation has been the main fulcrum of the European Union’s Innovation programme, better known as Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).  RIS3 emphasises public-private partnerships, with public funds being used to support private sector led ‘activities’ regarded as having the best opportunities for new innovation and commercial gain. The […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The application deadline for the RSA Travel grant and RSA Research Network grant schemes have been postponed to 2021. Due to the current circumstances, we have decided to use these funds to launch a special grant scheme Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry to support the global community in researching and disseminating […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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