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News Categories: RSA Blog

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: 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 […]

Genomic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Seth Schindler is Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Transformation in the Global Development Institute. His research is focused on large-scale urban and regional transformation initiatives that integrate cities into transnational urban systems. The original objective of this project was to research a mega-port development in Bagamoyo, an ordinary city in Tanzania. A company based […]

Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations

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Lisa De Propris is a Professor of Regional Economic Development at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. David Bailey is Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme. Previous industrial revolutions were intricately associated with new technologies. Innovations related to steam power, cotton, steel, […]

Reflections on the Coronavirus in Italy

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Balázs György Forman is Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest Department of Economic Geography. In Italy, we would never have expected this. The coronavirus pandemic has brought an extremely profound economic, social and political divorce in Italy. If one sees the Milan or Florence Cathedrals, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and loves the Adriatic […]

Does the Cohesion policy work? The role of EU Funds and of Nationally-Based Policies

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The Impact Assessment Office of the Senate of the Italian Republic published the research report “Spending for Growth? 30 years of EU policies for deprived areas: the impact of cohesion in Italy and Europe” made in collaboration with the Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe) and the Institute for finance and the Local Economy (IFEL) […]

The broken link between urbanisation and economic development, and the need for metropolitan reforms in Mexico

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Alejandra Trejo is a professor at the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Ambassador to Mexico of the Regional Studies Association, and a UKRI International Development peer review college member. Her research agenda reflects significant interdisciplinary concerns about the issues of urbanisation, urban and regional economic development, governance and policy. She published […]

Working in lockdown during the COVID-19 Pandemic is an Opportunity to lend our Expertise

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Jacob Irving, Project Officer: Research and Database Management, UniSA Business, University of South Australia. Jacob has extensive experience in supporting the research activities of UniSA Business in regional policy and development. COVID-19 has left little of our global society untouched. Whether it is through direct impacts from the health crisis, or indirect social and economic […]

Cohesion Policy for Coronavirus, and beyond

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Dr. Nicola Francesco Dotti is a Senior Researcher in Regional Economics and Policy Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is coordinator of the RSA Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy (CPnet). We are a network of scholars and policy experts working on EU Cohesion Policy across Europe, gathered thanks to the support of the Regional […]

Blogging for Impact

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Ian Babelon is finishing a PhD at Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK). His thesis focuses on online citizen participation in urban planning. He is editor-in-chief of the blog of the Young Academics network of the Association of European Schools of Spatial Planning (AESOP), which also welcomes contributions from researchers and practitioners at all stages of […]

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