Date and time
Please note that the in-person event has been postponed to 2021. The RSA is currently working on an alternative virtual format for the Winter Conference 2020. Updates will be available in due course.
The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2020 offers a timely opportunity to discuss and debate important issues, and to rethink the key theories, concepts and methods used in the field of regional studies in the face of changing regional challenges, and to provide new evidence for the urgent reforms of policies for regions and cities. The conference will provide a forum for rethinking the ways in which regions and cities develop and discussing ways to nudge them towards economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development paths.
The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and special sessions which rethink the future of cities and regions. In particular, the organisers invite papers that break new ground by identifying new fields of enquiry, proposing new concepts and methods, shedding new light on the consequences of and challenges for sustainability transitions (especially on the linkages between the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental), and propose bold new policy solutions for local and regional practitioners. Moreover, papers which are collaborative, comparative or inter-disciplinary are especially welcome.
More information about the conference
- Regional innovation in the age of the fourth industrial revolution
- Industry 4.0 and the changing geographies of knowledge and economic flows
- The role of Universities and research institutions for the new regional economies
- Geographies of migration and socio-economic integration of migrants
- Rethinking EU Cohesion policy in the face of the new challenges that Europe faces
- The territorial dimension of EU policies
- Cross-national transfer of knowledge and practices in regional policies
- Regional planning in the face of populism, demographic and economic shifts
- Brexit and its political and socio-spatial consequences
- Regional and local development policy
- Innovations in citizen empowerment and promotion of spatial justice at the regional and local scales
- Governance rescaling in the face of socio-economic and environmental challenges
- Geographies of discontent and innovative ways to address populist surge in declining regions
- Regional and urban challenges for sustainability transitions
- Circular economy and spatial development
- Climate change impacts in regions and cities and the policies to address them
- Infrastructure, transport and housing
- Geographies of trade and Foreign Direct Investment
Marcin Dąbrowski, TU Delft, The Netherlands