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The Regional Studies Association is delighted to announce the latest book in the Regional Studies Policy Impact Books Series. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: the Challenges Facing Cities and Regions   Authors: Stephen Parkes and Ed Ferrari Over the last decade there has been substantial progress towards the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). As the […]

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The Regional Studies Association (RSA) provides a range of research funding opportunities to suit different career stages and we are pleased to share with you details on forthcoming application deadlines. We encourage non-members to apply for a grant and join the RSA at the same time. Forthcoming grant and awards are as follows:   2022 […]

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The RSA is pleased to announce that its Research Network Grant Scheme is open once more. The scheme was placed on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic and has now been reinstated with a deadline of 29 November 2022. The maximum funding for a Research Network is: £10,000 (c. $13,300; c. €11,800) for newly established networks; £7,500 (c. $10,000; […]

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Policy Expo: Brexit and Beyond: Manufacturing and the Challenge of Net Zero, Levelling up and Industry 4.0 The Regional Studies Association has awarded a Policy Expo to examine Brexit and Beyond: Manufacturing and the Challenge of Net Zero, Levelling up and Industry. The research will be led by: David Bailey, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, […]

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Policy Expo: Going Circular: Unlocking the Potential of Regions and Cities to Drive the Circular Economy Transition The Regional Studies Association has awarded a Policy Expo to do research into how to go circular and unlocking the potential of Regions and Cities to drive the Circular Economy Transition. The research will be led by: Marcin […]

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Policy Expo: Social Infrastructure and Local Development The Regional Studies Association has awarded a Policy Expo to examine Social Infrastructure and Local Development. The research will be led by: John Tomaney, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, UK Dimitrios Panayotopoulos-Tsiros, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, UK (Early Career Representative) Lucy Natarajan, UCL Bartlett School of […]

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Policy Expo: Global Value Chains and Regional Innovation The Regional Studies Association has awarded a Policy Expo to examine Global Value Chains and Regional Innovation. The research will be led by: Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics, UK The policy impact book’s chosen approach is three-fold. First, it critically reviews different […]

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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”. The research will be led by: Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, Melbourne Centre for Cities & Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Dr Redento B. […]

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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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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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