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News Categories: RSA Blog

Once more unto the breach? Devolution and local government reorganisation in Oxfordshire

Reading time: 12 minutes

Dave Valler is Reader in Planning, School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes, and Chair of the RSA London and South East Branch. His research interests range across local and regional economic development, urban theory and politics, sub-national governance and policy, and science/hi-tech spaces. He has recently published research specifically on theoretical and practical […]

The Sense of the Word “Reforms” in the Italian Labour Market

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Salvatore Perri, Professor of Political Economy, University of Magna Graecia (Catanzaro, Italy). Author contact: perriphdsalvatore@gmail.com The situation Today in Italy, we are experiencing a 10% unemployment rate (about 45% for young people in the southern regions), a relationship debt/GDP close to 136%, an increasing level of poverty and inequalities[1], and a form of stagnation in […]

Long-distance research during the Covid-19 crisis: trust and corruption in Romania

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Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita is a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Her research, entitled “Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania” won a RSA membership grant in 2019.  All my preparations for one-month’s fieldwork in Romania were arranged when the Covid pandemic struck. The UK’s and Romania’s borders […]

Facing a New Economic Goliath: When benefiting from the Belt-and-Road-Initiative slings Duisburg toward dependence

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Elisabeth Kaufmann, BSc, (top left) is a postgraduate student of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund. She has been student assistant at the Chair of International Planning Studies between April 2019 and March 2020, and currently is undertaking an internship at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the project “Sino-German Cooperation on […]

COVID-19 and Cottage Country: Exploring place, power, and policy in the ‘right to be rural’

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Ashleigh Weeden is a rural futurist and PhD Candidate in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. Her work is focused on investigating place-based rural innovation, community capacity building, and public policy renewal. In addition to her current doctoral research, Ashleigh coordinates the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation’s Rural […]

Can we ‘level up’ transport infrastructure across the UK?

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Dr Marianne Sensier (top left) is a Research Fellow in Economics and the Alliance Business School at The University of Manchester. Marianne’s main research focus is on the application of econometric methods to macroeconomic problems. Diane Coyle (bottom left) co-directs the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She was previously Professor of Economics at The University […]

Cohesion policy - an effective response to the Covid crisis

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Alessandro Valenza (photo above left) is partner and founder of t33. He is a senior expert in European studies and evaluation, with a strong background in regional studies. Nicola Brignani (photo below left) a senior partner with t33 and is a has expertise in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes. We know the Covid-19 pandemic will seriously […]

Genomic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Seth Schindler is Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Transformation in the Global Development Institute. His research is focused on large-scale urban and regional transformation initiatives that integrate cities into transnational urban systems. The original objective of this project was to research a mega-port development in Bagamoyo, an ordinary city in Tanzania. A company based […]

Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations

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Lisa De Propris is a Professor of Regional Economic Development at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. David Bailey is Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme. Previous industrial revolutions were intricately associated with new technologies. Innovations related to steam power, cotton, steel, […]

Reflections on the Coronavirus in Italy

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Balázs György Forman is Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest Department of Economic Geography. In Italy, we would never have expected this. The coronavirus pandemic has brought an extremely profound economic, social and political divorce in Italy. If one sees the Milan or Florence Cathedrals, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and loves the Adriatic […]

Does the Cohesion policy work? The role of EU Funds and of Nationally-Based Policies

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The Impact Assessment Office of the Senate of the Italian Republic published the research report “Spending for Growth? 30 years of EU policies for deprived areas: the impact of cohesion in Italy and Europe” made in collaboration with the Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe) and the Institute for finance and the Local Economy (IFEL) […]

The broken link between urbanisation and economic development, and the need for metropolitan reforms in Mexico

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Alejandra Trejo is a professor at the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Ambassador to Mexico of the Regional Studies Association, and a UKRI International Development peer review college member. Her research agenda reflects significant interdisciplinary concerns about the issues of urbanisation, urban and regional economic development, governance and policy. She published […]

Working in lockdown during the COVID-19 Pandemic is an Opportunity to lend our Expertise

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Jacob Irving, Project Officer: Research and Database Management, UniSA Business, University of South Australia. Jacob has extensive experience in supporting the research activities of UniSA Business in regional policy and development. COVID-19 has left little of our global society untouched. Whether it is through direct impacts from the health crisis, or indirect social and economic […]

Cohesion Policy for Coronavirus, and beyond

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Dr. Nicola Francesco Dotti is a Senior Researcher in Regional Economics and Policy Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is coordinator of the RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy (CPnet). We are a network of scholars and policy experts working on EU Cohesion Policy across Europe, gathered thanks to the support of the Regional […]

Blogging for Impact

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Ian Babelon is finishing a PhD at Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK). His thesis focuses on online citizen participation in urban planning. He is editor-in-chief of the blog of the Young Academics network of the Association of European Schools of Spatial Planning (AESOP), which also welcomes contributions from researchers and practitioners at all stages of […]

Moving towards a new conference model? The rocky road to virtual conferencing

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Daniela Carl is Deputy Chief Executive at the Regional Studies Association. With a background in geography, Daniela has worked in a variety of research and enterprise roles at HEI in Germany, New Zealand and the UK. Daniela has 15 years of work experiences in international academic conference management and knowledge exchange. She is passionate about […]

Old-fashioned innovation theories ignore the affordances of peripheries: How slow innovators flourish in Europe`s peripheral regions

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Heike Mayer is professor of economic geography at the University of Bern. She is interested in innovation and entrepreneurship dynamics in peripheral regions. Her current project is funded by the MeRSA grant and she has been conducting field work in peripheral regions in the Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps. Peripheral regions are more innovative than […]

Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities

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Jennifer Clark is Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She specializes in urban and regional economic development planning. She is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Regional Studies and a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) […]

Focusing on vulnerable neighbourhoods? A reflection on a key challenge of the EU’s Cohesion Policy

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Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado –  Arch., PhD with European Mention. Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Spatial Planning of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid –UPM-. Before she developed her professional activity as practitioner in architecture and urban planning in Europe, North Africa, Asia and Center America, in Chapman […]

How Monopoly Tech makes Left-behind Places

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Authored by Simona Iammarino, Maryann Feldman, and Frederick Guy Why, in advanced economies today, have we seen such regional polarization, between new wealth and the left behind? We answer this question by studying the interaction of three phenomena, which have too often been treated as distinct: one geographical, one of market structure, and one financial. […]

The Death of Local Democracy, Oxfordshire-style

Reading time: 5 minutes

Dave Valler is Reader in Planning, School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes, and Chair of the RSA London and South East Branch. His research interests range across local and regional economic development, urban theory and politics, sub-national governance and policy, and science/hi-tech spaces. He has recently published research specifically on theoretical and practical […]

The Theory, Practice, and Potential of Regional Development: The Case of Canada

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Edited by Kelly Vodden, David J.A. Douglas, Sean Markey, Sarah Minnes, and Bill Reimer (See bios below) Canadian regional development today involves multiple actors operating within nested scales from local to national and even international levels. Recent approaches to making sense of this complexity have drawn on concepts such as multi-level governance, relational assets, integration, […]

The geography of immigrants’ inventive activity in the US during the Age of Mass Migration

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Andrea Morrison is currently Marie-Curie Fellow at the Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University and Associate Professor in Economic Geography at Utrecht University. His research interests lie in the areas of evolutionary economics, innovation studies, economic geography and economic development. He has investigated extensively topics like system of innovation, industrial clusters, knowledge networks, global […]

Realising the Potential of London and the Wider South East

Reading time: 4 minutes

Dave Valler is Reader in Planning, School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes, and Chair of the RSA London and South East Branch. His research interests range across local and regional economic development, urban theory and politics, sub-national governance and policy, and science/hi-tech spaces. He has recently published research specifically on theoretical and practical […]

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