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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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