Image 2019 Latin America Division Conference, Bogotá, Colombia

Date and location

  •   September 30, 2019 - October 1, 2019
  •   Universidad de los Andes - Edificio Santo Domingo, Bogotá, Colombia

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Conference details

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Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban agglomerations as nodes of innovation and competitive advantage that connect territories to global value chains. This framework not only over-represents the urban and regional dynamics of cities of the global North, it also fails to address the challenges of smaller cities and peripheral regions in both the North and the South. These cities and regions can be following different development trajectories and modes of insertion to the global economy while still subject to the forces of globalisation, financialisation and planetary urbanisation that affect large urban agglomerations. This can be seen not only as a worrying gap in the literature, but also as a problem for practitioners in small and intermediate cities. Theories and policies that seek to support the ascent of global city-regions, such as export zones, high-tech clusters, and business and talent attraction strategies do not transfer well to the economic development reality of smaller cities and peripheral regions. This is where planners are striving to diversify their economic base in the face of youth migration to large urban centres, to improve public-private synergies in the context of low levels of trust or to manage the environmental consequences of extractive industries.

The 2019 RSA Latin American Division Conference in Bogotá will focus on understanding the formal and informal institutional processes through which local economic development occurs. It will have a particular emphasis on peripheral regions and small and medium-sized cities, both in the global North and the South, as well as on how the relationship between areas with large agglomerations, both domestic and globally, affect their opportunities for development. Despite decades of local and regional development policies and planning, uneven development and inter-regional differences continue to persist between large urban agglomerations and peripheral regions. We seek papers that explore new and interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches in regional studies to better capture the potential of institutions in local economic development, particularly when institutions are from the peripheries of local economic development debates. In this context, it is also crucial to understand how extractive economies, racial and patriarchal logics, infrastructure development or the increasing financialisation of the economy are affecting the local economic development possibilities of peripheral regions and cities around the globe.

Conference themes:

  • Institutions and Local Economic Development
  • Universities and Regional Development
  • Uneven Development Dynamics in Peripheral Regions
  • Extractivism, Biodiversity and Local Economic Development
  • Rural-urban Linkages
  • Place-leadership and Territorial Development
  • Urban and Regional Politics and Governance
  • Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Innovation and Cluster Policies in Peripheral Regions
  • Global Value Chains and Global Production Networks
  • Creative Districts and Displacement
  • Post-Development and Post-Colonial Approaches to Local Economic Development
  • Decentralisation and Urban and Regional Planning
  • Class, Race, Gender and Local Economic Development
  • Place-based and Place-sensitive Policies

Abstract submission:

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.

The conference will have sessions in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and we welcome abstracts in these three languages. Please submit your abstract (up to 250 words and text only) through the RSA conference portal, which will open in due course. Abstracts will be considered and reviewed by the Conference’s Committee against the criteria of originality, interest, subject balance and geographical spread.

Conference fees and registration:

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 Latin America-based members Day rate for non-presenting delegates
Latin America-based Member (Student, Early Career or Retired) £110 £60 (approx. 250,000 COP)
Latin America-based Member (Individual or Corporate) £160 £85 (approx. 352,000 COP)
Conference Registration Fee RSA Members outside Latin America
Student Member £210
Early Career Member £230
Retired/Emeritus Member £230
Individual Member £305
Corporate Member £305
Conference Registration Fee Non-Members
Non-Member £410 £200 (approx. 829,000 COP)

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Conference Organisers

Academic organisers:
Sergio Montero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Miguel Atienza (Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)

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

Related Documents

Conference materials:
Conference Programme (last updated 25th September 2019)
Abstract Book

Information and guide about Bogota
Social Activities Bogotá (optional)

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Universidad de los Andes - Edificio Santo Domingo, Bogotá, Colombia