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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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Regional development in Australia’s biggest state: Western Australia

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By Amma Buckley Senior Research Fellow Humanities Research and Graduate Studies Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Western Australia is the largest state in Australia covering the entire western third of the continent. It is the fourth most populous state representing 11 per cent of the Australian population. Ninety-two per cent of its 2.5 million citizens reside […]

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Kantian meaning behind the Actions of the EU Cohesion Policy

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We – the practitioners, researchers, and students of regional studies – care about making the world a better place to live for all. In our efforts, we aim for a balanced and sustainable development, reducing disparities, social inclusion, and providing equal opportunities for everyone. We conduct research, develop strategies, plans, and policies, because we want […]

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Four years of open access: my experience as editor

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Dr Alasdair Rae reflects on his time editing ‘Regional Studies, Regional Science’. This article was originally published on the Taylor & Francis Editor Resources.  Dr Alasdair Rae is an urban and regional analyst for the Urban Studies and Planning department at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the T&F journal Regional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS), […]

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Estimating Networks and Spatial Effects in the Social and Geographical Space

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Introduction The project supported by the MeRSA Grant is going to model the relative impact of spatial location on individual and aggregated measures of well‐being. The research[1] considers the simultaneous relationships between separate components of people’s well-being: health, education and training, work and life balance, economic well-being, social relationship, politics and institutions, safety, subjective wellbeing, […]

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Call for RSA Blog Editor

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 Career development opportunity: Call for RSA Blog Editor The Regional Studies Association (RSA) seeks to appoint an Editor for its popular Blog which has been running since 2010. The Blog provides a platform for the RSA and its community to share short, engaging articles on research and the latest developments in the field. – https://regionalstudies.org The key […]

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What are the economic impacts of Brexit on the UK’s sectors, regions and cities?

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By Raquel Ortega-Argilés Our ESRC- Brexit priority grant: “What are the economic impacts of Brexit on the UK, its sectors, its cities and its regions” under the UK in a Changing Europe initiative aims to examine in detail the likely impacts of Brexit on the UK’s sectors, regions and cities by using the most detailed […]

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England’s devolution deals do not constitute a move away from traditional patterns of central-local relationships, though they may contain the seeds of change

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That is the conclusion an article titled ‘Territory, Power, Statecraft: Understanding English Devolution’ recently published in Regional Studies. Much recent debate and commentary has been generated by the priorities of the newly-elected metro-mayors and their implications for the sub-national governance of England. But there is a broader question: will they lead to longer-term change in […]

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Lost and Found: Discoverability and the politics of being discovered

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 “…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among […]

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Towards a new international trade environment?

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Just before the end of his first week at the White House, the new US president, Donald Trump signed the withdrawal of his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, signalling the beginning of an unorthodox era for the international trade politics of USA. He stated that will take all appropriate decisions in order for the United […]

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Regional governance and institutional learning processes and their impact on regional labour markets’ resilience to shocks of refugee immigration: Four case studies in Sweden and Germany

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Introduction This research is financially supported by an MERSA research grant. It investigates linkages between the current programs and activities to foster the integration of refugee immigrants primarily from Syria into labour markets and the experiences in the two countries with refugees from Bosnia after 1992. The basic research questions refer to the relevance of […]

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Metropolization in Mexico

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I am Alejandra Trejo and was recently appointed as RSA Ambassador to Mexico. As an academician interested and engaged in urban and regional issues I am very much willing to contribute to the work of RSA in spreading the word about regional studies activities and promote research and academic activities in Mexico and Latin America. […]

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Without careful management back stage deal making could undermine English devolution

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In the context of English devolution, policy makers need to think more explicitly about the interplay between front stage politics and back stage negotiations. Central government’s purposeful strategy of informal negotiations with very few formal objectives has resulted in a lack of public awareness and low levels of stakeholder support that could derail devolution in […]

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Spatial inequalities, regional polarisation and convergence in CEE

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The current increase in spatial inequalities in Europe, and particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), has led to the reconsideration and revival of concepts like “polarisation” and “convergence” in regional economics, economic geography and spatial planning. In contrast to the classical view of these concepts, determined by functionalism and topology, new theoretical and empirical perspectives […]

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New Ideas for Post-2020 Cohesion Policy: Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth

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New Ideas for Post-2020 Cohesion Policy: Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth As the debate on the direction of the EU and the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework intensifies, there are important questions about how the EU can best deploy its budgetary resources to meet the challenges facing the Union. The current precarious state of European integration […]

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Modelling spatial dependence in mortgage credit models

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Introduction The recent financial crisis in the US has generated concerns about credit contagion, that is, how the deterioration of a borrower’s future ability to honour his/her debt obligations can affect the ability of other borrowers to repay. After the housing credit boom in the mid-2000s, the housing downturn of the late 2000s saw dramatic […]

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Global Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships and the Geopolitics of City-Regions

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RSA members are invited to visit the project blog/website for “Global infrastructure public-private partnerships and the geopolitics of city-regions” at https://gip3cityreg.wordpress.com/ . This 18-month project is funded by a Fellowship Research Grant from the RSA. The Principle Investigator on this project is Andy Jonas, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Hull. The blog/website […]

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