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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 […]

This was a small conference that is held every year, typically in October. The conference primarily hosts a variety of Japanese researchers who are working on a plethora of topics in regional science, broadly construed. However, every year, a small number of sessions are in English and these sessions frequently attract international researchers from countries such […]

The RSA Travel Grant award enabled my participation at the 2015 Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) that took place in the city of Chicago. The annual meeting of the AAG is firmly established as one of the major international conferences for those doing research in the field of urban and regional studies. […]

Project title: Reverse knowledge spillover and innovation performance of European-invested firms in emerging economies: the case of China’s ICT industry The extant literature on trans-boundary knowledge flows has primarily focused on FDI spillover effects on local firms in emerging economies. However, the issues on whether or not and under what conditions foreign-invested firms can enjoy […]

Project title: Relatedness, knowledge complexity and technological opportunities of regions: A framework for smart specialisation The main aim of this project is to contribute theoretically and empirically to the smart specialisation debate in the regional studies literature. Smart specialisation is the underlying innovation policy concept for Europe 2020 – the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. […]

Project title: Evaluating Tech City: Identifying effects on firm entry, employment and rents using difference in difference analysis The project aims to evaluate the economic impacts (if any) of the Government’s flagship Tech City cluster programme in East London between 2010 and 2014/15. To do this I will use difference in differences analysis on a unique […]

Project title: Genomic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa The geography of the global economy has been profoundly transformed in recent decades as manufacturing has increasingly shifted to the global South. Many Southern cities and regions sought to benefit from the “new international division of labour” by attracting foreign investment. In their efforts to lure foreign investors, policy […]

Regional governance and institutional learning processes and their impact on regional labour markets’ resilience to shocks of refugee immigration: Four urban case studies in Sweden and Germany My research will look at learning experiences in Swedish and German regions after the arrival of a relatively high share of war refugees from former Yugoslavia in the […]

Estimating Networks and Spatial Effects in the Social and Geographical Space The RSA Membership Grant Scheme is an excellent opportunity offered by the RSA and an important step to consolidate my research profile within the area of spatial and network econometrics. The funded project is going to model the relative impact of social networks and […]

Citizen engagement and regional democracy This project will assess whether regionalisation contributes to the development of more active civic arenas in the autonomous regions and nations of Spain and the United Kingdom. This research will evaluate whether some institutional settings and political parties as well as the smaller scale of regional politics encourage citizen participation. […]

The genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems: the case of Atlantic Canada Entrepreneurial ecosystems is the latest buzz word in the lexicon of policy-makers, practitioners and the media and attracting considerable policy focus. Several studies have listed the attributes of entrepreneurial ecosystems. However, the emerging literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems takes a largely static approach, identifying their attributes. […]

Modelling spatial dependence in mortgage credit models 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 […]

The role of regional and local agencies and actors in responding to economic crises and opportunities in New Zealand and Australia This study aims to gain applied and theoretical insights into responses to increasing socioeconomic spatial inequalities in Australia and New Zealand and to assess the degree to which regional and local agencies are responding, […]

RSA members are invited to visit the project blog/website for “Global infrastructure public-private partnerships and the geopolitics of city-regions” at . Read the blog article by Andy Jonas here: Andy Jonas’ interview Where did you hear about the grant? I saw it via the RSA e-bulletin that the Association emails on a monthly basis How did you find […]

Assessing the impact of ‘informal governance’ on devolution in English cities The aim of this research is to investigate the impact of ‘informal governance’ on devolution to English cities post the 2014 Scottish referendum. Informal governance can be defined as a means of decision-making that is un-codified, non-institutional and where social relationships and webs of […]

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