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One, None or Thousand Ruralities in Europe? In Europe, rural areas account for 83% of the EU surface and 30.6% of its population (2018). These areas are very different across Europe, spanning islands, mountains, remote areas, shrinking regions and so on. From a theoretic viewpoint, the rural diversity’s notion lays in the recognition that both […]

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This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.   Newfoundland and Tasmania, Australia, have been described as ‘mirror islands’ with striking linkages. Site of one of the field excursions during the authors’ 12-day exchange to Tasmania, Australia. (Author Provided, Brady Reid)   In an era of “global […]

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The advent of technology and concomitant digitalisation has unleashed new business models and working arrangements in urban centres. The gig and platform economy are at the heart of this structural transformation of jobs, disrupting sectors like ride-hailing transport services, education, home services, food delivery, retail, logistics and so on. I refer to this as ‘Digihenheimer’- […]

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This blog follows a webinar by Professor Deden who discussed the process of publishing academic books, from start to finish. The session was moderated by Dr. Mennatullah Hendawy, the research lead at Impact Circles e.V. The session aimed at discussing publishing academic books, covering various steps from where to begin to the flow of publishing. […]

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“Our island of Madeira is one of the essential and advantageous things that we and the crown of our kingdoms have for help and support. […] It seems just and necessary that said island […] should be the exclusive property of our crown forever.” Through that letter (1497), Manuel I of Portugal asserted his sovereignty […]

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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.   There has been much research on motorways and their impact on surrounding areas with considerable evidence that motorways cause suburbanisation while also increasing population levels and economic performance […]

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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 impacts of climate change in the UK are becoming increasingly tangible, while the farming sector’s role in mitigating and adapting to these changes is a hotly debated […]

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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 Regional Studies Association’s Annual Conference saw Sandrine Kergroach chair Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Oliver Harman and Anna Hammarberg for the Opening Plenary session. The following piece is a […]

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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.   How can we call ourselves a democracy if fewer and fewer people participate in elections? Everyone who seeks to understand today’s politics and tomorrow’s ought to be interested […]

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It was great to see six sessions at RSA 2023 in Ljubljana as part of a theme on Climate Change, Energy & Environmental Sustainability. Several other sessions were focused on sustainability as well. Many of the papers presented technical analyses of supporting blue or green economy initiatives. While these are much needed, we also need […]

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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 the era of globalization, innovative development and the artificial intelligence revolution have transformed the global economy. Economists have long viewed technological progress and innovation as dominant economic […]

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This blog is published in support of the recently funded EdgeNet research network. To learn more be sure to catch them (online or in person) for their Edgy Matters paper sessions and launch party at the 2023 RSA Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia: Edgy Matters 1: Experiencing and constructing ‘left behind-ness’ in the periphery and Edgy Matters […]

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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. Link to Original Article: Do EU goals matter? Assessing the localization of sustainable urban logistics governance goals in Norwegian cities.    Urban logistics- the transport of goods and services in […]

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This Blog follows the recent release of a report for IUK by Professor Nick Clifton and Dr. Gary Walpole.   The IPCC (UN) Climate Change Report (2023) generated stark headlines, warning of future existential crises if public and private sector actors do not make radical operational and strategic changes regarding all aspects of production and […]

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Economic cohesion and convergence lie at the heart of the European project. Recently, these objectives have been undermined by the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, they are at risk again as Europe seeks to green and digitalize its economy. The findings of our study Technological Capabilities and the Twin Transition in Europe […]

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In India, the 1993-94 constitutional amendments extended the state’s and local government’s role in the investment-related decision-making powers to improve their economic performance. A significant reason behind such an unprecedented rise of decentralization reforms is associated with the long-term outcome of regional economic growth. This transition towards market-oriented resource allocation from centralized planning has enhanced […]

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This article was written within the framework of the Interreg Europe SILVER SMEs project. It reflects the author’s views only and the Interreg Europe programme authorities are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.   Europe’s rural areas are ageing faster than urban areas. The ageing of the […]

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In 2022 the Levelling Up White Paper confirmed that regional inequalities in the UK have been steadily widening over recent decades, and that one of the key drivers of this divergence has been rapidly growing levels of income per head and productivity in London and the South East. However, a recent set of articles have […]

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This blog follows the recent release of the book Paradiplomacy in Europe. The cases of Galicia, Åland, Flanders and Greenland.   The idea of the “Europe of the regions”, multilevel governance, and the so-called paradiplomacy (Aldecoa and Keating, 2000) of substate governments is something that has less of a shine than what was the case […]

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We are pleased to open the call for abstracts for the 3rd Annual RSA Blog – Student Summer Series. Starting May 8th, 2023, and all summer long, the RSA Blog will publish content written by graduate students (Master’s or PhD students at any stage in their program or recently completed). Students must be working within […]

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What is a MOOC? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are “online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.” In 2021, 40 million additional students were expected to be enrolled in at least one MOOC, up […]

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The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is currently the largest global investment initiative into infrastructures. In this blogpost we present the actor constellations behind two exemplary Chinese funded road infrastructures in two major BRI projects.     To realise the BRI, China makes use of several investment and delivery arms to fund projects, which […]

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Regional and urban sustainability transitions was the theme of the 2022 RSA Winter conference, set at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury, London, after a two-years break due to the pandemic. Sustainability transitions is a term used to describe the radical and structural shifts in socio-technical and socio-ecological systems that need take place to overcome the […]

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November 2022 was a month filled with news and hopes about climate action. The 17th United Nations Climate Change Youth Conference (COY17) was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 2 to 4, 2022, right before the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27). COY invites youth from around the globe to discuss […]

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