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The Death of Regional Policy

At the close of the 1970s, the Association’s conference entitled ‘The Death of Regional Policy’ held in Glasgow seemed prophetic. Shortly afterwards, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative administration won the 1979 general election and regional economic planning was challenged like never before as power was drawn to the centre.

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Maintaining engagement in a changing policy environment

As the Association attempted to link theory and practice in regional policy and planning, a common discussion held was whether it should, or could, exert policy influence. To a degree, the extent to which the Association could seek political influence was resolved when, in 1969, it became a registered charity: under the Charities Act (1960) […]

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Changing policy environment

As the Association adapted to this changing environment, it proclaimed a continued need for its work when, in 1973, Britain entered the European Economic Community (EEC). However, with the return to power of Wilson’s Labour party in 1974, a range of institutional innovations, such as the National Enterprise Board, were introduced as the national economy […]

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Regional Studies Publication launched

One of the first goals of the Steering Committee was to establish a quality, peer reviewed publication to disseminate regional research. Following successful negotiations with Pergamon Press, Regional Studies was launched in May 1967 under the editorship of Peter Hall – a major landmark in the Association’s development as a learned society.

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Establishing the Association

The British Group of ICRPD was dissolved, and the inaugural meeting of the Association was held on 9th April. The first conference, entitled Regional Planning in Britain, followed on 9th October, 1965 succeeded in bringing together a mix of academics from varied disciplines along with those from policy and practice.

Final Report RSA Research Network Regional Economic and Policy History (ReHi)

Organisers Marijn Molema, Fryske Akademy, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, the Netherlands Arno van der Zwet, University of the West of Scotland, UK Martin Åberg, Centre for Regional Studies, University of Karlstad Sara Svensson, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University The past plays a crucial role in understanding, developing and implementing regional economic development […]

RSA Team shortlisted as Best Association Team finalist in Association Excellence Awards 2019

We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Association Excellence Awards 2019 in Best Association Team category.  We will look forward to attending the finals in October, where fingers crossed, we might win! Details of all the finalists can be found on the Association Excellence Awards web page https://associationexcellenceawards.co.uk/shortlist-2019/

RSA Policy at the UK Evidence Week 2019

On 25th June we, along with Lisa de Propris (University of Birmingham) and representatives from Taylor and Francis, presented an ‘Evidence Pod’ at Westminster, as part of the Evidence Week organised by Sense about Science. The aim of the event was to brief members of Parliament and the House of Lords about important policy issues. […]

Final Report: RSA Research Network on Financial Geographies (FinGeo)

Organisers: Martin Sokol, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Zoltán Gál, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary Dariusz Wójcik, University of Oxford, UK David Bassens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium The RSA Research Network on Financial Geographies has operated with RSA support under the auspices of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo), launched in Oxford in 2015 (building on a […]

East of England

The Chair of the RSA East of England Branch, Pete Tyler is Professor, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Land Economy at St. Catharine’s College Peter Tyler is a Professor in Urban and Regional Economics. He has been a Project Director for over seventy major research projects for Government, […]

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Central and Eastern Europe

The CEE Division comprised of Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. However, the CEE Division is inclusive and we also welcome members from other countries not listed here. The CEE Division is a limited […]

Daniela Carl

Daniela, a graduate in Cultural and Tourism Geography (VUW New Zealand, University of Trier and Bonn, Germany), worked previously in research and business development roles at HEI in Germany, New Zealand and the UK, as an events and tourism consultant, and tourism management lecturer. Daniela joined the RSA in 2013, bringing wide-ranging international conference management […]

Lesa Reynolds

Lesa has worked at the Regional Studies Association since February 2012; arriving with over 20 years of experience in events and conferences management for a variety of organisations in London and the South East, covering disciplines such as fashion and education as well as those concerned with important governmental issues. Lesa made an immediate impact […]

Suede Stanton-Drudy

Suede joined the Regional Studies Association in May 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Languages and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I). She has worked as a solicitor in private practice in Australia and England, specialising in Immigration Law. Her job role is to assist with the development of the Centres Programme and the Territorial Networks. […]

Sally Hardy

Sally Hardy began her career at the Economic and Social Research Council where she worked as a Scientific Officer in the Industry and Employment Committee dispensing funding to UK based social science academics. Sally moved to the Regional Studies Association where she has been CEO for just over 30 years. She has developed the organisation […]

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Ron Martin

Professor Ron Martin 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 some 35 books and monographs, and 200 articles, on these and related themes. […]

Sarah Ayres

Sarah Ayres is a ‘Reader in Public Policy and Governance’ at the University of Bristol, UK. Her central research interest is the governance of place, space and territory. This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, her research is concerned with devolution and decentralisation in both a UK and an international […]

Mia Gray

Mia Gray is an economic and social geographer at Cambridge University.  Her current research explores the politics and the distributional effects of austerity. She examines the intertwining of the economic, social and political effects on the local decisions around austerity and the shaping of the local state. This project highlights the uneven nature of the […]

Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Director of Newcastle City Futures and Newcastle University’s Chair of Town Planning and one of the UK’s leading authorities on planning, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places. He was previously Government Advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK Government, the […]

Response to the BEIS Committee Inquiry

Contributors comprise: Professor David Bailey (University of Birmingham); Professor Lisa De Propris (University of Birmingham); Dr Felicia Fai (Bath University); Sally Hardy (CEO, Regional Studies Association); Paul Hildreth (UCL); Professor Ron Martin (University of Cambridge); Professor Philip McCann (University of Sheffield); Professor Raquel Ortega Argilés (University of Birmingham); and Dr Philip Tomlinson (Bath University). We respond […]

2019 Presidents Event

2019 President’s Event: Registration is now open

We invite you to join us for dinner and our Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate contributions to the field, both at personal and institutional levels. The President’s Event will be held on the evening of  14th November from 19.30pm at the Booker Suite in the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury.  The evening will begin with welcome drinks followed […]

2019 Presidents Event

2019 President’s Event: Registration is now open

We invite you to join us for dinner and our Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate contributions to the field, both at personal and institutional levels. The President’s Event will be held on the evening of  14th November from 19.30pm at the Booker Suite in the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury.  The evening will begin with welcome drinks followed […]

Awards 2019

The Awards ceremony took place at the President’s Event on 14th November 2019 in London, UK. Please click here to view the photos. We are proud to announce the 2019 RSA Awards Winners: Student and Early Career Awards Nathaniel Lichfield Award – Clara Lea Dallaire-Fortier, Institute of Political Ecology, Croatia RSA PhD Student Award – Huiwen Gong, […]

Madeleine Hatfield

Madeleine Hatfield is Founder and Editor at Yellowback (www.ybediting.com) where she provides editorial services to societies, authors and publishers. Madeleine has worked on a number of highly ranked academic journals as well as on monographs and research reports. She has also contributed to policy briefings, how-to guides and workshops for early career researchers on academic […]

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