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Cities and regions are currently faced with challenges of external uncertainty and turbulence. Factors contributing to this include global demographic and migration trends; macroeconomic instability; new technological challenges; political upheavals and digitalization processes. Faced with disruption of this scale it is critical to rethink our perception regarding the most relevant forms and methods of spatial policy. Choices of effective models for spatial development will vary by country (developed, developing, emerging) and for different types of regions and cities (industrial, rural and post-industrial regions, small towns, big cities and city-regions, metropolitan areas, etc). This workshop will consider:
- appropriate methods of spatial policies and adaptation to new and changing external environments;
- new drivers and sources of sustainable spatial development.
The workshop discussion is divided into three themes:
- New economic realities for cities and regions. What are the challenges and threats for spatial development? Particular attention will be given to digitalization processes, their impact on the development of cities and regions, and how different types of regions and cities can adapt to these new economic conditions.
- The analysis of development trends as regions and cities adapt to uncertainty. This strand will focus on issues of spatial differentiation of socio-economic development, including, but not restricted to, those in the areas of financial security, employment, migration, and demographic dynamics.
- The search for strong models of spatial policy, funding for and implementation of change
Papers are invited, but not restricted to, the following themes:
- Spatial development and resilience
- New challenges and pressures for spatial development
- Concepts, theories, methods for understanding spatial development
- Macroeconomic processes and global trends: spatial projections
- The role of planning, governance and devolution in uncertain times
- Spatial policy and digitalization
- Smart governance for smart regions and cities
- Local and Regional Policies for the New Economy
- Spatial impacts of global investment flows, Global Value Chains & connectivity
- Industry 4.0 and the future shape of innovation, industrial development and strategy
- New forms of industrial development and policy including competitiveness of industrial regions & cities
- Spatial policy in post-soviet countries: old legacies and new challenges
- City and region building governance and institutions
- The role of universities in shaping places and futures
- New financial instruments for growing cities and regions
- Development policies and cooperation in Arctic zone
- Diversity and inequality at local and regional levels
- Shrinking cities and resilience
We invite researchers, experts, young scientists, policy makers and representatives from government, local authorities and the business community to take part in this RSA Russia Division Workshop.
The RSA Russia Division’s Workshop will be held as part of the XIV conference “Russian Regions in the Focus of Changes” which will take place between 14th -16th November 2019, in Yekaterinburg. This conference is one of the biggest discussion platforms in Russia covering a variety of issues on regional development and gathering representatives of government authorities, academia, medium-sized businesses and large industrial enterprises. The key topic on the agenda of the conference in 2019 is how to ensure economic growth in new economic realities. The conference is expected to attract around 700 delegates from the Russian regions and in excess of 10 countries. There will be simultaneous translation to English.
RSA Russia Division workshop participants may take part in both the conference and the workshop just as all conference participants are welcome to take participate in the RSA Russia Division workshop.
Workshop/ Conference is free to attend (participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs).