Image 2019 RSA Winter Conference, London, UK

Date and location

  •   November 14, 2019 - November 15, 2019
  •   Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT

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Conference details

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Important deadlines:

  • Extended abstract submission: 2nd September 2019
  • Abstract acceptance confirmation: 2nd September 2019
  • Registration opens: 3rd September 2019

We live in turbulent times, but when has this not been the case? The history of regions and the ‘regional studies project’ has always had at its core concerns relating to new and increased social and spatial inequalities resulting from economic and political change. Whatever change has occurred to cause this turbulence, some people and places have taken advantage and raced ahead while others were disadvantaged and left behind. The difference today is that the stakes are higher, with more people and more places exposed and being impacted than ever before.

Indeed, regional research is once again spearheading major efforts to provide the type of reliable, robust knowledge necessary to correct the opening of gaps between people and places which are emerging as winners and losers. In order to find innovative solutions to wicked problems it is critical to ask fundamental questions about how we do regional research. Do our existing theories and concepts adequately explain present instabilities and new realties, or, do we need to rethink our analytical frameworks in the new tumultuous reality? Do existing policies and frameworks help (or hinder) cities and regions, or are there alternatives that we should be promoting? More fundamentally, are we asking the right questions and looking in the right places to find the innovative solutions that can enable a more spatially balanced, sustainable and inclusive model of economic growth and political stability.

The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2019 presents a timely opportunity to discuss and debate these important issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives in the field, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting practitioners and policymakers. The focus on problems and solutions is an invitation to step outside the narrow confines of existing debate to address issues of profound relevance, significance and importance to future regions and cities.

The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions which rethink cities and regions by identifying new fields of enquiry, which address a broad research and policy agenda, and include contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights at local and regional levels. Abstracts, which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.

Broad themes and key agendas the organisers are keen to facilitate discussion around include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating new and existing concepts, theories, frameworks, methods and vocabularies for understanding regional development
  • Industry 4.0 and the future shape of innovation, industrial development and strategy
  • Post-2020 EU Budget, the future of EU Policies and their implications for cities and regions
  • Energy transitions, environmental sustainability, and designing future cities and regions
  • Assessing new financial instruments for city and regional development
  • Brexit geographies and the future for investment, trading relations and their regional impacts
  • The role of planning, governance and devolution in turbulent times
  • The role of universities and other institutions in shaping places and futures
  • New tools and techniques for visualising and modelling cities and regions
  • The changing geographies and spatial impacts of global investment flows, Global Value Chains and global connectivity
  • Global migration flows and the integration of migrants into cities and regions
  • Technological change, innovation and its implications for cities and regions

Abstract submission:

Please submit your abstract (up to 250 words and text only) through the RSA conference portal. Abstracts will be considered and reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality, interest, subject balance and geographical spread.

Conference fees:

Your active participation allows us to support the global regional studies community. Your engagement is key to the impact that regional studies can make. Thank you.

We offer a reduced conference rate for RSA members. If you are not currently an RSA member, please have a look at our Membership Benefits and consider joining the RSA before registering for the Conference. To join the RSA please go to to the Members’ Lounge at

Conference Registration Fee
Individual non-Member + 1-year membership £380
Retired/Emeritus + 1-year membership £280
Early Career Non-Member + 1-year membership £280
Student Non-Member + 1-year membership £210
Corporate Member £300
Honorary Member £300
Individual Member £300
Early Career Member £220
Retired/Emeritus Member £220
Student Member £175

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Conference Organisers

Academic Organiser: John Harrison, Loughborough University, UK

RSA Conference Manager: Katharina Bürger,, +44 (0) 1273 698 017

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