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I am very grateful to the Regional Studies Association and its members for supporting my participation in the 2017 Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) annual conference in Brisbane. I was part of a fantastic Economic Geography Study Group session entitled “Critical Reappraisals of Energy”, where I presented on my PhD research on small hydropower and […]

Reimagining metropolitan fragmentation: The Local Autonomy Project The fragmentation of metropolitan regions into dozens and sometimes hundreds of general-purpose local governments has for decades been at the heart of a debate about optimal metropolitan governance. Scholars have long recognized that fragmentation is a complex concept capable of measurement through multiple dimensions. Early measures focused on […]

Generative Urbanization in Emerging Africa? The Case of Konza Techno City Read the article here – Greenfield cities in Africa: A recipe for generative urbanization? Africa is experiencing an urban transition that raises significant questions as to whether its economies are being transformed structurally.  In Kenya, the prospects seem particularly high as the country has […]

Political Disaffection in Europe’s Rust Belt Regions The aim of this project is to understand how a sustained decline in manufacturing has altered democratic life in affected societies. The central question of the project is: How has regional and local deindustrialization brought about a disenchantment with mainstream politics? The project focuses on two possible mechanisms […]

Regional connectivity through global production networks in Europe and beyond: new policy approaches The assessment of the balance and complementarity between inward and outward global capital flows – in terms of creation/destruction and specialisation/diversification of regional and local economic activities, sectors and functions, employment, skills and innovation – is all the more urgent to enhance […]

The short and long-term impact of migration on regional innovation and technological diversification: An analysis of US cities during the ages of mass migration (1870-1930) Read the Blog article here – The geography of immigrants’ inventive activity in the US during the Age of Mass Migration This project contributes to the literature on migration impact […]

China’s resource-based cities in the shrinking paradigm: population change, economic revitalisation, and urban liveability Traditional planning paradigms have long concentrated on urban growth, and governance has been primarily oriented toward strengthening the role of cities as “growth machines” (Logan and Molotch, 1987). Therefore, officials, urban policymakers and planners tend to stigmatise urban shrinkage. In fact, […]

The electoral bias: distributive politics and local development in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia Read more about this research here: The electoral bias: the political economy of subnational transfers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia Xabier Gainza & Felipe Livert (2021) The electoral bias: the political economy of subnational transfers in Latin America, Regional Studies, […]

Name of event: International Conference for Business & Economics Title of presentation: The Re-branding of Mid-Sized Post-Industrial Cities – Challenges and Lessons Learned The RSA Travel Grant provided me with financial support to enable me to attend an international conference where I was presenting a paper based on my PhD research into city branding. The conference […]

The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium was arranged by the University of Kansas on 20th-21st October, 2016. The symposium had been initiated to bring presenters together for the discussion and dissemination of research on design and work concerning social engagement. The symposium offered the establishment of a global network of scholars who are currently developing […]

Firstly, I am very grateful to Regional Studies Association for awarding me the travel grant that facilitated my travel to attend the conference called Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) Plenary: Piecing Together a Paradigm, organized by the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Central European University, Budapest during 19-22 October 2016. The RSA Travel Grant gave me the […]

The RSA awarded me with a travel grant to attend the 10th International Association for China Planning Conference: Governance and Planning in Transitional China. The conference took place in Beijing from June 30 to July 3, 2016. It was organized in conjunction with Peking University, and was co-organized by The Regional Science Association of China, […]

I’m very grateful to Regional Studies Association for giving me the opportunity to attend to the Warsaw International Economic Meeting 2016 (WIEM 2016), where I presented my work entitled “Ethnic Minority Concentration: A Source of Productivity Growth for Italian Provinces?”. The aim of my paper was to assess the contribution of ethnic minorities to the […]

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I would like to thank the Regional Studies Association for supporting my participation at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The awarded funds covered roundtrip airfare between Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco. The annual meeting of the AAG is the largest international conference for geographers as well as non-geography […]

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The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty convened on 14-19th March 2016. Due to the support of the Regional Studies Association, I was able to attend. This report is intended to provide a summary of how the grant helped to grow my experience as a young researcher and practitioner. This is the 17th […]

Project Title: Assessing project-led development in China’s new towns Since the introduction of a nationwide market-based urban land system in 1988, municipal governments in China have shifted their focus from management of the planned economy to spatial planning for the purpose of enhancing economic growth. The production of space has become a key driver of […]

Read the article by Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology Sydney and Hu De, East China Normal University. Carolyn Cartier and Hu De, discuss China’s plan for national urbanization. Focusing on Chongqing, they reveal a pattern small city urbanization that is closely tied to local market economies. Read the full article here: ‘State-led Urbanization of Towns in China’ In […]

Governing the low-carbon energy transition in fossil fuel-dependent coastal regions: a comparativestudy of Iwaki and Iburi in Japan The project evaluates how two former coal-mining coastal regions in Japan – Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, and Iburi in Hokkaido – face the challenge of balancing the short-term employment and economic benefits that continue to be derived […]

How well they cope? Gender Differences in Effects of Labor Market Status and Education on Subjective Well-Being across European welfare states – before and after the crisis In high-income countries, women report a higher level of life satisfaction than men on average, but score lower on  short-term positive and negative emotions  and suffer from higher […]

Transition Regions and the Development of the Green Economy Recent years have seen growing interest by policy makers and academics in the development of the green economy, defined as being “low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive”. This project will focus upon cities and regions as key locations where transitions towards a green economy are […]

‘The Search for the Social Contract in England’s Regions’ This project will use Social Contract theory to investigate (the lack of) engagement with sub-national institutions and policies in England.It will do this by using a case study of the Leicestershire region and analysing data through the lens of Social Contract Theory (principally through the work […]

Title of the research project “Public investment, economic crisis and austerity: evidence from the Greek regions” Summary This aim of this research project is to provide statistically supported evidence on the evolution of public investment in Greece during the current economic crisis and to indicate how regions of the country have been affected by spending […]

Understanding the declining trend in internal migration in Europe Internal migration is of fundamental importance for individuals and families to achieve their goals and aspirations. At a societal level, internal migration underpins the effective functioning of the labour and housing markets. It is essential to economic resilience by bringing knowledge, skills and labour to locations […]

The travel award given to me by the RSA allowed me to attend the exciting conference “Regional Urbanism in the era of globalization” in Huddersfield, organised by the University of Huddersfield – UK. Through an examination of such issues as environmental sustainability, cultural/civic identity, transportation, health and well-being and social/economic development, the conference offered a […]

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