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News Categories: RSA Blog

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 Taylor […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Unexpected Impacts of Uneven Regional Economic Development: Newspapers

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Anthony Frigon is a PhD Candidate in Geography at UCLA. He is interested in the relationship between industrial dynamics, labor and firm mobility, and regional economic development. His current projects focus on the role of technological proximity in agglomeration settings and spatial knowledge sourcing for multi-locational firms in Canada and the United States. The recent […]

Infrastructure, strategic coupling and the politics of regional development

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Kean Fan Lim is Lecturer in Economic Geography at Newcastle University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in 2014 and was appointed Assistant Professor in Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham (2014-2018). Kean joined Newcastle University in the spring of 2018, on the back of an established international reputation […]

Conferences & networking: an introvert’s guide

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Daniela joined the RSA in 2013 and worked previously in research and business development roles at HEI in Germany, New Zealand and the UK, as events and tourism consultant and tourism management lecturer. Daniela’s job portfolio includes the RSA’s membership, academic journals, territorial networks, marketing, conferences/events and the HQ Office’s Management. Gone are the days […]

Understanding Regional Branching Using Inventor Collaboration Networks

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Adam Whittle is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Spatial Dynamics Lab at University College Dublin. He received his Ph.D. in economic geography from the School of Geography (UCD) in 2018 and since then has been employed on government-funded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) project examining the relationship between scientific and technological knowledge for regional development. […]

Superstar cities and left-behind places: Investigating the Causes of Interregional Income Inequality

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Tom Kemeny is an award-winning social scientist, with expertise in cities and economic development. In 2019, he won the Understanding Society Prize. For his work on local social networks, he won the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize, for best paper in the Journal of Economic Geography. He is an author of The Rise and Fall […]

A stabilisation and convergence budget in the European Economic and Monetary Union - Part Four

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Bruno D. Castanheira works with the European Commission in securing the Union’s financial interests, having previously worked to improve implementation of Regional Policy. His research to stabilise European Economic Integration explored new approaches to Regional Policy and the role of financial instruments in Cohesion founded on behaviourist, industrial and financial economics. You can find him […]

President's Address 2018: Trading Places

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The following is an extract from the RSA 2018 Presidential Address. Professor Ron Martin, President of RSA, is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include the geographies of labour markets; regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; geographical economics; and evolutionary economic geography. He has published […]

The Missing Midlands

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David Hearne is an early career researcher at Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies. Prior to joining the university in 2017, David worked as an economist in a regional think tank. David’s primary research interests lie in regional economics and the sectoral and regional impact of Brexit. Ongoing research includes measurement issues within the […]

A stabilisation and convergence budget in the European Economic and Monetary Union - Part Three

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Bruno D. Castanheira works with the European Commission in securing the Union’s financial interests, having previously worked to improve implementation of Regional Policy. His research to stabilise European Economic Integration explored new approaches to Regional Policy and the role of financial instruments in Cohesion founded on behaviourist, industrial and financial economics. You can find him […]

The 2014-2020 EU cohesion policy in Italy: the regional expenditure Posted: 29 Jul 2019

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Francesco Aiello is Full Professor in Economics at the University of Calabria (Italy) where he teaches Political Economy and International Trade. He is an applied economist with a long dated experience in teaching and research and author of a number of papers published in referred journals in the fields of R&D, trade policy and development […]

Research for social impact

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Paul Dalziel is Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University, New Zealand. His research focuses on economic and social policy, with an emphasis on regional economic development. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and is the current RSA Ambassador for New Zealand. He […]

A stabilisation and convergence budget in the European Economic and Monetary Union – Part Two

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Bruno D. Castanheira works with the European Commission in securing the Union’s financial interests, having previously worked to improve implementation of Regional Policy. His research to stabilise European Economic Integration explored new approaches to Regional Policy and the role of financial instruments in Cohesion founded on behaviourist, industrial and financial economics. You can find him […]

Entrepreneurial discoveries of new sources of growth – unlocking the mystery

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Seija Virkkala is professor of regional studies at the School of Management, University of Vaasa, Finland. Her research interests are regional development and innovation, transnational learning, innovation systems in peripheral regions and smart specialisation. She is a leader of the research program Place-based Society and Regional Development Policies at the University of Vaasa. Seija is […]

China: An Economic powerhouse that depends on the Rest of The World

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Steven Brakman is Professor of International Economics at the University of Groningen and Charles van Marrewijk is Professor of International Macroeconomics at Utrecht University, both in The Netherlands. The authors have worked together for about three decades and published dozens of articles and seven books on international trade, economic development, geographical economics, urbanization, and investment […]

A stabilisation and convergence budget in the European Economic and Monetary Union – Part One

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Bruno D. Castanheira works with the European Commission in securing the Union’s financial interests, having previously worked to improve implementation of Regional Policy. His research to stabilise European Economic Integration explored new approaches to Regional Policy and the role of financial instruments in Cohesion founded on behaviourist, industrial and financial economics. You can find him […]

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