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On Institutions, Territoriality and Politics: RSA Plenary Papers Published in Top Journals

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The current edition of Environment and Planning: A features Prof. Andreas Faludi’s plenary paper, presented at the RSA European Conference at Delft University of Technology in May 2012. His paper: Territorial cohesion, territorialism, territoriality, and soft planning: a critical review provides a comprehensive review of recent theoretical and empirical work on the relationships between territoriality and spatial […]

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‘Yes Minister style’ scrap going on over Heseltine Plan for decentralisation

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Former RSA Chair Professor David Bailey his view on Lord Heseltine’s plan for a decentralised English regional funding pot to the tune of £70bn There’s been a huge ‘Yes Minister style’ scrap going on in Whitehall over the Heseltine Plan for decentralisation, whereby Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) could bid for funding from a ‘single pot’. […]

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Regional Insights (Vol 4: Issue 1) now out!

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The newest edition of Regional Insights, a magazine published by the Regional Studies Association which seeks to make research findings from early career researchers more accessible to a wider audience, is now out. This issue has a range of articles available for those interested in regional issues, including: Gordon Dabinett on ‘A changing academic publishing […]

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Regional Insights: New Call for Papers!

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Regional Insights focuses on publishing short articles from students and early career researchers (up to five years from Ph.D. date) to make their research accessible to all members of the Regional Studies Association. Regional Insights’ articles are characterised by having a ‘regional’ focus and by succinctly conveying a ‘fresh idea’ to the readership. The editors […]

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LEPs: suffering from a lack of confidence, confusion and short-termism?

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Another guest post today in the David Bailey mini-series! This post is about the abolition of Regional Development Agencies in England – and their replacement with ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’…   After Regional Development Agencies were scrapped by the Coalition government in 2010, smaller scale Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were set up – effectively as partnerships […]

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Hezza kicked into the Long Grass?

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Guest blog: Professor David Bailey, Coventry University Business School, UK   The Heseltine Plan appears to have been kicked into the long grass – by the current government at least. In something of a ‘rumble in the jungle’, Business Secretary Vince Cable last week poured cold water on Heseltine (or his plan at least). But […]

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RSA Tampere Plenary: Why Invest Beyond Capital Cities?

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Together with Pascal Boijmans (European Commission) and John Bachtler (European Policies Research Centre, UK) Prof. Michael Parkinson will kick off the first plenary session of the RSA European Conference in Tampere, Finland with a simple but critical question which demonstrates the role of regional studies in informing policy debates. His question (and the title of […]

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Graphic detail

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No matter what your opinion is of The Economist, their use of graphics and maps helps shed light on complex policy issues – and often those with a regional dimension. For example, in 2010 they published a fascinating map on the ‘true size’ of Africa (below), following the earlier example by Kai Krause. This is […]

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Territorial Cohesion and Inter-regional Financial Transfer Payments

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A system of  financial transfer payments is employed in the Federal Republic of Germany as a means of compensating for substantial differences in the financial power of the federal states (Länder). For the year 2012, only three federal states, all located in southern Germany were net contributors while the remaining thirteen states were net recipients […]

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Regional Insights: New Call for Papers

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Are you a PhD student or Early Career Researcher with an interest in regional studies? If so, the editors of Regional Insights (Paul Benneworth; Paul Braidford; Beatrix Haselsberger; Gert-Jan Hospers; Sabrina Lai & Julie Porter) would like to hear from you and help you develop your next research publication. See below details of the new […]

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Visit Tampere in May 2013!

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In the previous blog post we highlighted our forthcoming conference in Tampere, Finland from 5 to 8 May this year. If this alone does not tempt you to book a place on the conference (still time to put an abstract in!) then the city of Tampere should. Tampere is the third largest city in Finland, […]

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RSA European Conference 2013, Tampere, Finland: Deadline for Abstracts 27th January

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The deadline for abstract submission for the Regional Studies Association European Conference is fast approaching (Sunday 27th January). This year the conference is hosted by the University of Tampere in Finland and will take place from 5th – 8th May. The conference theme is ‘Shape and Be Shaped: the future dynamics of regional development’.   […]

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European Urban Sprawl

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Sprawl is widely regarded as the scourge of urban planners, but it is not always the easiest thing to measure. One possible way to explore the extent of urban sprawl is using land cover data. In Europe, the European Environment Agency use the Corine (coordination of information on the environment) progamme to categorise land cover […]

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Building a better map of Europe

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In 2008 Google began a mapping project called ‘Ground Truth‘ which, they hoped, would revolutionise online mapping and, ultimately, help build better maps for us to use. As of 2012, more than 1 billion people use Google maps so it was very nice when, only ten days ago, they released updated maps for 10 countries […]

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Environmental Policy as a Driver of Spatial Thinking?

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Researchers and practitioners in the field of regional studies have long promoted spatial approaches to policy, development and the application of public sector resources. In Europe, concepts such as territorial cohesion, place-based approaches and integrated spatial planning all promote spatial sensitivity in policy-making and are critical of the ‘spatial blindness’ of approaches which do not […]

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Visualising the EU Budget

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Some Euro mapping today, from the wonderful web pages of Ben Hennig, author of the Views of the World blog at the University of Sheffield. Ben recently looked at the financial state of the European Union in a series of maps and his latest blog goes one better – it visualises the EU budget with […]

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Spatial Justice and the Crisis of Regional Development Theories

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The 2012 Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference took place on 1st and 2nd November at Hafen City University in Hamburg. The conference under the  title of Times of Change: Future Directions in Geography, Urban and Regional Studies examined the implications of the current economic and financial crisis for future of regional studies.  Individual sessions covered a wide range […]

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Hurricane Sandy and Designing with Nature

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As the North Eastern coast of the U.S. recovers from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy questions are being raised about urbanisation processes and how best to accommodate growth while also protecting homes and businesses against the potential impact of major natural disasters. Here at RSA headquarters we have picked up on a discussion being […]

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From London to Ljubljana

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On the 11th of September this year, we reported that RSA Chief Executive Sally Hardy was planning to cycle from London to Slovenia. We were informed that, contrary to popular belief, this was not simply a new RSA membership drive but instead a much more ambitious charity fund-raising adventure that would pass through 7 countries […]

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Eurostat Regional Yearbook: Numbers, graphs, and maps, oh my!

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Eurostat, the official publishers of European statistical data, have recently released their Regional Yearbook for 2012. The yearbook is a useful resource for anyone interested in all things European, as it highlights recent economic, social and demographic developments throughout the territory. Most of the data is provided at the EU standard NUTS 2 regional level, […]

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Crossing the Fehmarn Belt: A New Transnational Region in the Making

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Commencing operation in 2021, a new tunnel will provide the final piece in the jigsaw linking the city of Hamburg in Germany to Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden which together form the STRING region. This fixed link will complement the existing bridge crossing the Öresund strait between Denmark and Sweden which opened to […]

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Can’t get to Open Days 2012? Follow it online…

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Like many RSA members who are interested in the events at the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities event in Brussels from today (8th October) – otherwise known as Open Days 2012 – the blog squad can’t attend in person. Thankfully, much of what is happening can be viewed over the web via the […]

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Panorama: Jacques Delors on Cohesion Policy

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An interesting article in the Autumn 2012 edition of ‘panorama’ captured our attention here at the RSA blog. Jacques Delors, president of the European Commission from 1985-1995, reflects upon cohesion policy during this time – and more recently – and makes some interesting comments in relation to the current financial predicament much of Europe finds itself in. […]

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Sally’s Big Bike Ride

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The Regional Studies Association would like to wish the best of luck to Sally Hardy, our intrepid Chief Executive, who is taking on the mammoth task of cycling over 1250 miles from London over two alpine passes and travelling via 7 countries to Ljubljana in Slovenia. Sally will be joined by fellow cyclists Rob Blackman […]

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