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European Regional Human Development and Poverty Index

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While the United Nations Human Development Index is quite well-known for its global analysis of human development at the national level, there is a lesser known version that seeks to apply the same basic methodological approach to the European Union’s regions. The indices, Human Development Index and Human Poverty Index, were developed for the EU’s […]

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Twitter tips from David Bailey

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August is a quiet month here at RSA blog HQ so David Bailey, Regional Studies Association Chair, has stepped up and provided us with some great twitter tips. Don’t forget to tweet David after reading this! Many of us use social media and blogging as a way of making academic research in regional studies more […]

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A Planet of Cities

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The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in the U.S. recently published a report called ‘Making Room for a Planet of Cities‘. The report discusses the results of a five-year study on global urban expansion that was funded by the World Bank. They use a range of mapping techniques to explore how the world’s cities have […]

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Open Days 2012

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In Brussels this October (8th to 11th) there will once again be an EU Open Days event focusing on regions and cities. This is the tenth year it has happened, but not everyone really understands what it’s all about, so let’s see what the organisers say… “The OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and […]

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Images from Beijing

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A short post today with some photos from our first ever conference in China. For those of us who were able to make it to Beijing, I think it is fair to say that we were in awe at the sheer scale of the city and humbled by the graciousness of our hosts at the […]

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Cities and Regions From Space

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Artificial satellites have a long and interesting history, from ‘Newton’s Cannonball‘ thought experiment, to Arthur C. Clarke‘s prediction of telecommunication satellites in ‘Wireless World’, to Sputnik and the modern day space station. These high-flying gadgets have allowed us to see the world from a different perspective. In particular they have allowed detailed images of our […]

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Regional Governance in the EU

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Hot off the press from the European Commisssion’s Regional Policy unit is a working paper by Nicholas Charron, Lewis Dijkstra and Victor Lapuente Gine on the quality of regional governance in the EU. This is part of the ‘Regional Focus & Working Papers’ series and it contains some fascinating insights into the quality of regional […]

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The Google Maps Street View Trekker

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A lot of us here at RSA blog headquarters love a good map. So it is no surprise that we took an interest in what the folks at Google have been announcing lately. While there have often been concerns about privacy in relation to their Street View mapping service they have decided to expand beyond […]

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The Hu Huanyong Line

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The Regional Studies blog squad note with some alarm that the Beijing conference is nearly upon us. We say ‘note with some alarm’ in the typical academic manner of not having yet finalised the all important conference presentation but, as usual, we’re working to a just-in-time production model so everything will be fine! Anyway, before […]

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London 2012 Olympic Traffic – Managing the Chaos

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With the 2012 London Olympics close at hand we thought it might be a good time to take a look at what is being done to try and manage the traffic associated with the arrival of 15,000 athletes, 7,000 technical officials, throngs of media and millions of visitors.   London is already fairly well known […]

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Beijing in Numbers

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In a blog post from last summer, we looked at some interesting facts about China and compared it to Europe and the USA. From the image below, you can get the basic point we made back then – China is very big and the population is more than twice that of the European Union. In […]

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Sally Paddles the Thames

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If you happen to be watching television on Sunday 3 June 2012 you might see coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, an event in London to celebrate 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. “What on earth does this have to do with Regional Studies?”, you might ask. […]

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Delft Redux…

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The Delft conference has been and gone, and it was a very successful and enjoyable event! Hundreds of papers were presented, lots of new friends were made and many old friends were able to re-connect. The RSA blog squad are also able to report that the fine hostelries of Deflt continue to serve fine quality […]

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Planning in the Netherlands: A Delft Primer

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In anticipation of the RSA’s 2012 European Conference in Delft, The Netherlands we thought it might be useful to provide a bit of a primer on Dutch Urban Planning so that those of you travelling to the country have a bit of background on how things work and how they have changed in the past […]

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Regional innovation strategies in France

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The previous post was about spatial planning in England, and today we’re looking across la Manche to France, and French regional innovation strategies in particular. In 2007, every one of France’s 26 regions were invited to adopt a regional innovation strategy. As the Inforegio news pages recently noted, these strategies could be used as a […]

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A Map for England

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Where To Get European Data

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These are just a couple of EU-wide data resources available. The most difficult part of compiling EU data is dealing with issues of comparability and consistency in data collection, so always be on guard and happy data hunting!

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Regional GDP per capita in 2009

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The 2012 Delft Conference

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View RSA Conference Delft 2012 in a larger map Who can you expect to hear at Delft? Well, the plenary speakers have all been announced and are described in this document. It’s a great line up and includes Peter Hall and Danuta Hübner! The city of Delft is itself a beautiful place and you can read […]

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RSA Research Networks

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The Great Lakes Mega-Region

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. Some initial proposals suggested placing the headquarters on Navy Island, Ontario near Niagara Falls.

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The Regional Plan Association

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Nonetheless, we’re turning our attention today to the Regional Plan Association, an organisation which provides long-term planning for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan region. Before going any further, here’s what a few important people have to say about the RPA… Regional Plan Association is… from Regional Plan Association on Vimeo. We’ve previously […]

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Cities in the press

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Overall this section of The Atlantic is an interesting source of non-academic information and a space for debate on a topic that is still relatively underrepresented in the media. It is also a useful way for academics to see how some of their work could be discussed in different contexts and how it could be used to influence public […]

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EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

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There are wide social and economic gaps between the EU’s 271 regions (NUTS 2). A previous RSA blog post confirms this! Cohesion policy attempts to reduce the gaps between these regions. It’s linked explicitly to the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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