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Is smart specialisation helping regions to support the right activities?

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The aim of smart specialization is to support regions in building on their existing strengths to develop competitiveness in related, but more complex, new activities. So why do regions often target other types of activities in their smart specialization strategies? The full paper on which this blog is based on is available here.   Since […]

Corfu and Ionian Archipelagos: History, Architecture and Natural Beauty

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Corfu is the birthplace of great poets, writers and people of art and culture. Its historical background is linked to the acceptance of the principles of French and English town planning and Italian architecture in historic buildings. The appearance of capitalism in the regions were associated with the development of a new urban environment. First […]

Beyond city diplomacy: Urban diplomacy as a translation of active subsidiarity

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The approval of the UN Urban Agenda and the European Urban Agenda in 2016 reveal the growing importance of cities all around the world. Moreover, at the international level, cities are speaking up for themselves and by themselves. It is clear in the different COPs and even more inside the European institutions. © A “quintessential […]

Transformative Potential of the Belt and Road Initiative

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When thinking of China’s primary economic prowess, the country is often thought of as ‘the factory of the world’ – global products such as clothes and electronics have labels of ‘made in China’. What is perhaps much less known is that China has produced numerous world-leading infrastructure projects, including the world’s fastest passenger trains, longest […]

How remote communities turned the challenges of peripherality to their advantage during COVID-19

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“What do you do here?” is a common question we get asked as islanders from the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Visitors from cities may regard remote, rural, and island places as backward – at times seeking such places out as empty ‘wilderness’ that is devoid of people. But we ask to what extent does such […]

Fraud prevention in EU Cohesion Policy

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Cohesion Policy is the EU’s largest investment policy aimed at reducing economic, social and territorial disparities across Member States and regions. The financial resources allocated to Cohesion Policy […]

Understanding trends of population loss across Irish Electoral Divisions since 1986

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Population loss in regions has gained attention internationally. This phenomenon is referred to as regional shrinkage in academic literature. A European Parliament report defined shrinking regions as regions […]

Special Economic Zones in the Global South: Between Enclaves and Integrative spaces

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.  Choose a strategically located area, provide reliable infrastructure, fiscal, and regulatory incentives – and the investors will come, leading to regional development and industrialization. This is the recipe for […]

Remote research assistant aids in COVID-19 participatory action research on separate continents

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – Little did I know what influence the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic would have on my plans of conducting a case study to […]

Farming in the Upper Dee Vale, Should I stay or should I go?

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Studying the farming history in the UK I realised there had been inflexion points where farming’s fortunes have changed dramatically. For example, the 1920’s agricultural crisis (for the […]

What do firm closures during COVID-19 mean for entrepreneurial recovery?

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Exiting the intense stages of pandemic restrictions will be seen as a welcome sight around Europe. Societies, individuals, and economies are positioned to benefit as we envision a […]

Community benefits from affordable housing as a human right

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    The right to adequate housing is considered a controversial topic, with many people globally lacking this basic human right. In Canada, Bill-C-97 containing the “National Housing Strategy Act” […]

Beyond the Gini coefficient to understand income inequality within and between regions

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Inequality is a broad concept. Over the last few decades, different disciplines and research fields have come up with distinct interpretations and concepts to reveal, track, explain, and […]

Iceland's industrial heritage and remote, coastal community regeneration

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Iceland’s remote communities are experiencing the combined impact of declining fisheries, de-population and socio-economic instability. Having spent twenty years working on industrial heritage conservation in a professional capacity I […]

Shopping malls, GHG emissions and the role of policymakers in "green" transportation infrastructure in Ireland

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    In line with global trends, Ireland has seen greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increase with economic growth. As of 2016, road transport accounted for 95% of all transport related […]

Colombian family traditions and the role for sustainable food consumption

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This blog was written for the RSA Blog Student Summer Series that will highlight graduate student success in regional studies across the globe throughout the summer.    Our relationship with food is complex. Food consumption may be one of the few experiences that involves all of our senses at the same time. Add to that […]

Indigenous regional thinking contributing to international conservation

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Regions are more than the terrestrial or the aquatic for Indigenous and First Peoples; Indigenous regions comprise the more-than-human spaces of night skies and ancestral beings and the cultural practices that imbue them with knowledge and wisdom. Regions encompass so much more than just Western thoughts and processes, yet Indigenous regions are not visible in […]

New UK-based centre fostering rural innovation for resilient regions

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From tech clusters to the creative class, innovation is often associated with urban agglomeration. Rural innovation receives less attention. Sometimes, stereotypes and nostalgia locate rural places in the past and forget that rural people need futures. Sometimes, policies situate cities as ‘engines’ of growth and simply assume rural places will be pulled along … eventually. […]

Regional 'CYBER nights' events increase cyber-security expertise across Europe

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CYBER Night is a regional dissemination event based on the model of the Breton ‘BreizhCTF’ (1-day practical workshops followed by a 1-night hacking competition) with the aim of getting better access to the cyber community. Each regional partner in Interreg CYBER Europe is in charge of organising a Cyber Night at the regional level during […]

"Underground Politics" in Canadian Transnational Mining & Human Rights in the Philippines

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The Government of Canada claims that existing Canadian mining practices are global models for responsible and sustainable mining. But is this the reality in local mining communities in underdeveloped nations?   Canadian Mining Companies and Corporate Negligence Canada is commonly known for its diplomacy. Yet not many know that Canada is the world’s global mining […]

Discussion: Is the new "simplified" Cohesion Policy more complex?

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Cohesion Policy constitutes a rich area for political and academic debates. In December 2020, the new Cohesion Policy legislative package (2021-2027) was ratified between the European Parliament and the Council on Cohesion Policy. This new Cohesion Policy is considered more simplified and flexible compared to the 2014-2020 programming period. However, the implications of those novelties […]

COVID-19 implications on regional engagement and making connections

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland in Canada. Embedded in a rural region with diverse communities, individuals, organizations and industries, Grenfell Campus’ recently released strategic plan “Committing to Communities” responds to the special obligation that Memorial University has to the people of […]

From the RSA Chief Executive - Publishing, the Pandemic and going Naked and Plastic Free

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The RSA is going naked and plastic free with its journals. What does this mean? Well in short, it means we are removing all plastic lamination from the covers of our journals and will begin sending our journals to members still receiving the printed copy without a plastic covering. The Regional Studies Association’s values are […]

RSA and post-pandemic “new normal” for conferences (Part 2)

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Part 2  In the first part of this blog, we outlined the Regional Studies Association’s immediate post-pandemic conference response for 2020 and 2021. In this one, we unveil the strategy for 2022 and beyond.   Pandemic shock and early responses 2020/2021 At the time of writing, April 2021, there remain scientifically evidenced concerns about COVID […]

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