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News Categories: RSA Blog

Place-based Policy Expo: Enhancing Relevance, Sharpening Our Understanding

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A call for input by the Place-based Policy Expo team,  Andrew Beer, Markku Sotarauta, Sarah Ayres, Jiri Blazek and Fiona McKenzie Read more about this policy expo here The Regional Studies Association commissioned a Policy Expo to look at place-based policy and its implementation around the globe. As an initiative of the Association, every opportunity […]

What we talk about when we talk about depopulation

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Rachel Franklin is Professor of Geographical Analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, and is a plenary speaker for the 2019 RSA Annual Conference. Her primary research focus is in spatial demography and the interplay between spatial analytics and demographic […]

Gender bias in peer review – Opening up the black box II

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Alex Holmes is the Communications and Membership Manager at the Regional Studies Association. Prior to this she was a physics teacher for many years, working to engage more girls in STEM-related careers. Her PhD examined educational factors, including issues of gender, contributing to perceived declines in STEM graduates.  Sally Hardy is the Chief Executive of […]

Three Imaginaries of The Urban Now

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John Rennie Short is a Professor in the School of Public Policy. He is author of 48 books, and many papers in a range of academic journals His work is translated into Chinese, Czech, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. His essays have appeared in Associated Press, Business Insider, Citiscope, City Metric, Market Watch, Newsweek, PBS Newshour, […]

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Why did training help workers keep their jobs in southern Italy, and have no such effect in the north?

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Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; Regional and local […]

Gender bias in peer review – opening up the black box

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Alex Holmes is the Communications and Membership Manager at the Regional Studies Association. Prior to this she was a physics teacher for many years, working to engage more girls in STEM-related careers. Her PhD examined educational factors, including issues of gender, contributing to perceived declines in STEM graduates. Sally Hardy is the Chief Executive of […]

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Brexit: A Divorce Like Few Others

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Article provided by Anna Kucirkova. Even if you’re a casual follower of the news, no doubt over the past couple of years you’ve seen a story or two about Brexit. Short for Britain Exit, Brexit is the messy divorce between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) that it has been a member of […]

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European Industrial Concentration

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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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President’s Address: The Challenge and Opportunities of Turbulent Times

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The following is an extract from the RSA 2016 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 […]

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There and Back Again: The Journey to Work in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Joshua Barrett is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the current Blog Editor for the RSA Blog. Josh is active on twitter through the handle […]

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News from the Pacific Northwest: Debating ‘Regional Second Cities’ in City-Regional Complexes

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Yonn Dierwechter , PhD, is Professor of Urban Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma.  His recent books include Smart Transitions in City-Regionalism (Routledge, 2018), coauthored with Tassilo Herrschel, and The Urbanization of Green Internationalism (2018, Palgrave). Consider this (not entirely) random list of cities:  Malmo, Oakland, Stellenbosch, Porto, Geelong, Long Beach, Lyon, Chicago, Edmonton, Nuremberg, Vevey, […]

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Public Policy Effects on Capital Flows for Growth-oriented Enterprise: The Case of Canada

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Dr. Geoff Gregson is the JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in New Venture and Entrepreneurship. Geoff came to NAIT in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh, where he was a director of the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. He holds a PhD in Management, LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law and MSc in Social Research […]

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Sustainable cities need more than parks, cafes and a riverwalk

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Trina Hamilton, Associate Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable? We’ve written about what we call the “parks, cafes and a riverwalk” model of sustainability, which focuses […]

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Territorial futures – what’s in it for Europe’s alter-metropolitan places?

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Alexandre Dubois (Dpt of Urban and Rural dvt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden) Iryna Kristensen (Dpt of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden) Jukka Teräs (Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden) Regional disparities have always been a topic that has sparked considerable debate. In one of his most recent efforts, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose[1] addressed the […]

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Regional futures in the global South

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Chandrima Mukhopadhyay received her PhD from School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in October 2014. She was the recipient of a competitive PhD Studentship on Spatial Planning and Environment. She has taught at CEPT University, India and was recently a visiting scholar at MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program. She […]

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Transition towards Smart City-Regional Governance: Reconciling Competitive City-regional individualism with the collective rationale of the democratic state

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Tassilo Herrschel is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Urban and Regional Development and Governance in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. Tassilo’s work is rooted in the wider field of urban geography, bringing together a spatial perspective and concepts of political economy, with a particular focus on relational and place-centric […]

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From knowledge-based economy to knowledge-based economization: A geopolitical perspective

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Sami Moisio is Professor of Spatial Planning and Politics in the Department of Geosciences and Geography, and in the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include political geographies of Europeanization, politics of spatial planning, geopolitics of post-Fordism, state spatial transformation, and urban political geographies. The term […]

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Why the urban-rural dichotomy was the most important question in the recent Swedish election

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Peter de Souza, Doctor of Economics, Försteamanuensis at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Former consultant in regional and local development issues (OECD, EU, public and private sectors). Former member of the Board of Regional Studies Association and former Chairman of its Nordic Section. Co-Editor of New Nordic Regions (2008) and Regional Development in […]

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A comprehensive record of ERDF investments by NUTS 2 region 1988-2016

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John Walsh, Administrator DG Regional Policy and Urban Affairs, Evaluation and European Semester Unit 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of delivering regional policy based on shared management programmes. The 1998 reform saw an important shift from project-based financing to the programming approach with a stronger role for national and regional authorities. Since 1988, there have […]

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Territorial Cohesion Policy: Can better communication save a fuzzy concept?

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At the recent European Week of Regions and Cities, a senior official summed up the Commission’s current position on what ‘territorial cohesion’ means: “We know it when we see it.” Territorial Cohesion is a vital principle for the EU. As a policy, it aims to redress disparities between Europe’s regions. In practice, that means distributing […]

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Chinese Local Governments developing relations with Latin America

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Ignacio Araya Heredia is a Political Scientist with a Master of Public Management at Renmin University of China. Currently, he is working towards PhD in International Relations, at Central China Normal University, researching on “International Management of Chinese Cities: the cases of Wuhan and Nanjing”. He has deep knowledge and professional experience in establishing links […]

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Wellbeing economics and capabilities

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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 […]

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The Atlantic Arc: a raw-macro region?

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Tamara Espiñeira is the Secretary-general of the network of Atlantic Cities, a platform for local authorities of the Atlantic Arc to defend their interests and co-create sustainable development. She’s also doing her Ph.D in Geography (Rennes 2 University), writing a thesis on the development of urban diplomacy.  Twitter: @TamaraEspineira LinkedIn: https://fr.linkedin.com/in/tamaraguirao Stochiero describes a macroregion as “a […]

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The European Week of Regions and Cities

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Dr. Phil Tomlinson is an Associate Professor with the Institute of Policy Research at the University of Bath. Last week I attended the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in Brussels. This is an annual event organised by the European Commission, which celebrates European regions and cities, and brings together national, regional and local […]

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