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The Political Economy of Capital Cities

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The following blog post is based on the book “The Political Economy of Capital Cities“. Think about Washington D.C. in comparison to New York in the United States. Take Switzerland as an example and compare Bern with Zurich or Geneva. Consider The Hague and Amsterdam in the Netherlands or Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. It […]

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Quality of Government in the EU

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Why are some places better governed than other? What explains corruption and low levels of public services overwhelming good governance practices? Many studies explain these differences by looking at cultural factors as determinants of corruption, including trust in society and trust in institutions. However, the correlation between well-being and good governance should not be simply […]

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The Latest UN-Habitat Report Revealing the Growing integration of African Cities into the World Investment Network: The State of African Cities 2018: The Geography of African Investment

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Professor Ronald Wall holds the Chair in Economic Development of the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng Province, at the School of Economics and Business Sciences (SEBS), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research concerns global and regional economic development, inter-city network analysis and urban planning studies. This post is written by Ronald Wall, and based […]

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A New Perspective on Urban Development

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Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas both work in the Department of Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Institute of Technology. They recently co-edited the book “In The Post-Urban World Emergent Transformation of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global Economy” which can be found here. The knowledge economy’s integration with globalization has brought enormous […]

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Globalisation through FDI and regional development policy

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Based on the paper “FDI and regional development policy”, to be presented at the 2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development: Implementation Across Global Networks of Regions, Cities and Firms. Seville, Spain. “Investment policymaking is getting more complex, more divergent and more uncertain.” (UNCTAD, 2017, xi). The aftermath of the economic and financial […]

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Universities and Regional Economic Development

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I’d never intended to do research on universities and regional development.  My first love was and is the North East of England, and what I wanted to understood was how the North East had gone in the course of my youth from being this busy, dirty industrial city to an abandoned, derelict wasteland marked by […]

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Increasing disenchantment with the European Union and tip-toeing to the right in the UK (1979-2014)

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Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and before then a professor at the University of Leeds. He previously worked at academic posts in Newcastle, Bristol, and New Zealand. He went to university in Newcastle upon Tyne, […]

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Extending our Urban and Regional Horizons: Why we must Stop! Look! Listen! Think!

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In this blog John Harrison asks what it takes to shape intellectual agendas and stimulate the new thinking and novel approaches capable of deepening our knowledge and understanding of regions and regional change. Here he argues we need to focus on extending our urban and regional horizons in four simple steps: Stop! Look! Listen! Think! […]

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Embedding value chains to enhance Cohesion

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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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Siphoning off and draining away potential: the long run effects of austerity and greater inequality on those in ‘the middle’

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Julie MacLeavy is a Reader at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. Her research interests lie in the field of economic geography, particularly in debates around welfare reform, labour markets and neoliberal policy reform in contexts of austerity. Recent work has looked at the geographies of inequality and disadvantage in the UK. Historical […]

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Cities policy goes regional

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Dr. Leonie Pearson is a Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis within the University of Canberra. Cities policy in Australia has historically had a clear focus on the largest state capitals, but there are signs this is changing. Recent City Deals and smart cities funding shows that five of the six City Deals now in place […]

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Lakes of Knowledge and Mountains of Expertise: A Roundup of the RSA Annual Conference 2018 in Lugano

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Dr. Tasos Kitsos, Research Fellow, City-REDI, University of Birmingham In a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Lugano and surrounded by mountains, more than 500 academics came together to attend the Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2018 called “A World of Flows: Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and […]

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Board Member Spotlight – Mia Gray

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Mia Gray is the Vice Chair of the Regional Studies Association, and is the Board Representative for Communication and Public Engagement, Secretary/Prize and Awards. An economic and social geographer by trade, Mia is based out of the Department of Geography within the University of Cambridge. We caught up with Dr. Gray recently and talked about […]

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How to write a blogpost from your journal article in eleven easy steps

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Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science at the LSE and is Chair of the LSE Public Policy Group. He is well known for his book Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or thesis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). You’ve just published a research article – why should you bother writing a blog […]

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The Northern Powerhouse

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Neil Lee is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography at the LSE where he is the Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development and the BSc in Geography with Economics. His research focuses on cities and the social dimensions of economic change. You can find Neil on Twitter at @ndrlee. The 23rd of June is […]

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Women in Regional Science – Really a Success Story?

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Simona Iammarino and Paula Prenzel, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science Introduction Gender imbalance in academia is a widely acknowledged and hotly discussed phenomenon, across and within disciplinary fields, in increasingly aware scientific communities. It has been particularly intense in STEM fields where skewed gender ratios are perhaps most […]

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Citizen engagement through regional legislatures in Spain and the UK: a lack of imagination?

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Dr. Elodie Fabre is a Lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics. Follow her on Twitter at @EloFabre. The development of regional government across Europe over the last twenty years has provided more opportunities for citizen engagement, from voting in regional elections to getting involved in regional parties and regional political […]

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Regions in Macedonia: Determinants of GDP growth

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Marjan Nikolov, President, Center for Economic Analyses,Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Assistant Professor, International Slavic University of Macedonia The regional organization in Macedonia is in accordance with the NUTS III level as the NUTS I and NUTS II is the Republic of Macedonia. In Macedonia there are 8 statistical regions which are only […]

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Turbulent times or business as usual? What 4.5 million jobs created or destroyed in a single year tells us about the British economy as Brexit looms

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Professor Mark Hart, Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre This article was originally published on the Enterprise Research Centre Blog. As the tortuously complex process of the UK’s departure from the EU takes another twist, Britain’s economy presents us with a deceptively simple conundrum. Yes, we have had record headline jobs growth in recent years coupled with falling […]

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Regional Australia and the urban-regional policy divide

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Lee Pugalis, Professor of Urban Studies Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney Australia is the planet’s sixth largest country, which comprises a land area of about 7.692 million square kilometres. Accommodating a population approaching 25 million, Australia’s population distribution is predominantly and, increasingly, urban: approximately 60 per cent of people are […]

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The changing face of regional Australia’s jobs

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It’s a question often asked – where and what are the jobs in regional Australia? To answer that question, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) took a look at the latest Census data released in November. As the recently awarded ‘Regional Studies Institutional Ambassador’ part of our role is to share issues, ideas and policy machinations […]

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The Fate of the Great Barrier Reef

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ASSOC. PROF. TIFFANY MORRISON, PHD Research Leader, Social Science, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Most people don’t know the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region is the same size as Italy or Japan. However, they probably do know that earlier this year, a second wave of mass bleaching occurred on the Reef. […]

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Regional New Zealand Votes National

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By Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics and Deputy Director Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University On 24 September 2017, New Zealand held its three-yearly general election under its mixed member proportional representation system. There were 64 general electorates and 7 Māori electorates, each decided by the candidate with the most votes from voters in […]

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Big batteries re-charging the State?

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Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray Convenor, Adaptation, Community, Environment (ACE) Research Group Department of Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide South Australia has had a bumpy ride on the road to regional development recently. The State entered 2017 facing the prospect of layoffs of over 25,000 people from the closure of Holden and the potential […]

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