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News Categories: RSA Blog

RSA and post-pandemic "new normal" for conferences (Part 1)

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Part 1 This blog is one of a series of blogs explaining the RSA’s response to the pandemic. It aims to lift the veil on our thinking as we’ve tried to bring our community with us on this strange and challenging COVID-19 journey. Part 2 will be published tomorrow where the RSA will unveil its […]

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation gaining insight on COVID-19 impacts for rural Canada

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The COVID-19 pandemic – and associated public health measures – continue to have unprecedented impacts on all communities and regions (rural and urban) across Canada. Community leaders, researchers, and agents of change have mobilized around resiliency, creativity, and compassion to address the local implications of this global health crisis. The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) […]

Next Generation EU: learning from Cohesion Policy to navigate the road to recovery

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Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, was very clear in her statement to the European Parliament on February 8th, 2021: “It is essential that the Next Generation EU funds are disbursed quickly and used to support structural reforms and growth-enhancing investment projects”. Europe needs very timely answers to cope with an economic crisis […]

New blog editor explains why researchers should write blog posts - and not just to make his job easier.

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First, I’d like to introduce myself…        …hi, I’m Brady – the new Blog Editor for the Regional Studies Association.   Get to know me I began to write about growing up in western Newfoundland, but figured it was easier to just share an image. My hometown, Corner Brook (below), is the regional […]

Why Covid-19 should make us rethink multilocality

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This article first appeared on ROBUST’s website and has been re-blogged with permission from the authors. Modern lives are increasingly multilocal – but rural-urban policies are often yet to catch up. ROBUST’s Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Ulla Ovaska and Theresia Oedl-Wieser reflect on what we know about multilocality, and what we should rethink as rural regions look ahead to futures beyond recovery. […]

RSA Members’ Experiences from Lockdown

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We asked a few of our members to write a few words about their experiences of lockdown in their regions. Here are some of their stories…   Cristina Lincaru, National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection, Bucharest, Romania  My lockdown experience in Ciolpani, close to Bucharest /Romania My dear friends from the RSA […]

RSA Women’s Network supports Collaborative International Research during Pandemic

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Anyone with teaching responsibilities will know how difficult it has been to carve out time and space for research during the past year. For early career researchers that has been even more difficult to achieve. However working collaboratively can be one way to keep your research alive, create new connections and the power of networks […]

Associativity in the Bogotá metropolitan region

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Rapid population growth and expansion beyond municipality limits has drawn attention to governance and development issues faced by the Bogotá Metropolitan Region (MR), Colombia, South America. These issues are made clearer by the obvious lack of a metropolitan authority, which would ideally coordinate and integrate municipal, provincial, and private actors for effective future planning purposes. […]

Addressing regional inequalities in innovation opportunities for BAME and disabled groups

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness (EDI) in business has become mainstream. Evidence for this is the commitment of Innovate UK (the government’s innovation agency), UKRI (the government’s research agency) and in parliament, the establishment of All Party Parliamentary Groups, for Disability Rights and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business owners. However, entrepreneurship and innovation policy […]

Can oil development work for Indigenous Peoples? Views from Borneo and Alaska

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Earlier this year, I carried out fieldwork with the support of the RSA in Malaysian Borneo and on Alaska’s North Slope as part of my project investigating the impacts of land tenure on Indigenous land use decisions. In Malaysia, the rights of Indigenous Peoples are largely customary, meaning they are not formally codified into law. […]

The EU Commission’s proposal for a European Cross-border Mechanism (ECBM) – What happened?

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The year 2021 is starting, and with it the new seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union. In 2018, the European Commission proposed their legislative package for a new Cohesion Policy. This package included a proposal that received much attention, both politically and scholarly: The proposal for an ECBM regulation, a legal tool that […]

Deal or No Deal?

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David Bailey works at the Birmingham Business School and is a Senior Fellow at the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme. There was no ‘Meal Deal’ this week for the UK and EU after Boris Johnson dined with Ursula Von Der Layen in Brussels, with the latter saying “we gained a clear understanding of each other’s […]

Recovering and Rebuilding from the Covid Crisis: Implications for Regional Studies

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The following is an outgoing address from President of RSA, Ron Martin. Professor Ron Martin, 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 some […]

Homeworking and the Return to the Office – Part One

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This blog was written by Professor Anne Green and Rebecca Riley, City-REDI  / WM REDI, University of Birmingham. To access the original article, click here. The current situation in cities The pandemic has changed the nature of work significantly which may have long term impacts. Not least is the fact that at a time when significant business decisions are being […]

Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh: Hindering or Supporting Conditions for a “Land Swap”?

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Shpend Kursani (top left) is a Docent / Lecturer in the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University  Eiki Berg (bottom left) is a Professor of International Relations in the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu It has been over a month since the conflict between Azerbaijan […]

[Virtual] Conference Season Is Here: Are you prepared?

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Jasmine Wallace is the Peer Review Manager at the American Society for Microbiology. This time last year, we were discussing the commencement of the conference season and ways to prepare. While some of that in-person meeting advice is still relevant, a few adjustments should be made to get the most out of conferences in this new […]

Why geobanking/ finance?

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Dr. Christian Sellar (top left) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Silvia Grandi (middle left) is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Bologna. Dr. Juvaria Jafri (bottom left) is a Lecturer in International Policy Economy at City, […]

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

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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 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 […]

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