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The Regional Studies Association invites you to a series of five webinars which will replace this year’s in-person Winter Conference.
Due to the on-going uncertainty and risks still caused by the Covid-19 pandemic including the emergence of new strains of the virus and an uneven geographical roll-out of vaccines, the RSA Board has made the decision to postpone the 2021 in-person Winter Conference. Instead, we will offer a series of five online events tied to the Association’s journals. The Board hope to make a return to face to face events in the second half of 2022.
Each session in the 2021 RSA Journals Annual Lecture Series is expected to last for up to two hours and will take various forms including:
- A lecture with rapporteur
- A short lecture and panel discussion
- A panel
Attendance is free, but pre-registration will be necessary. You may attend the events through our RSA Hub App, which you can download on the Apple App Store of Google Play Store or attend through the desktop version of the app.
We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an interesting series of events.
We will publish updates on topics and speakers in due course, and this is when registration will open. Please check back regularly for updates or subscribe to receive our monthly eBulletin to be reminded about event updates.
Monday 01.11.21 – Area Development and Policy
Coalitions and alliances; understanding their contribution to urban transformation
Recognising the importance of political action to achieve reform, this contribution draws on experiences with civil society initiated coalitions and alliances in urban Africa and Asia. Analysing their efforts to reduce poverty and inequality, I examine what has worked, suggest why it has worked, and identify challenges.
Speaker: Diana Mitlin (University of Manchester, UK)
Diana Mitlin is Professor of Global Urbanism at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. She is also Research Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and editor of IIED’s journal, Environment and Urbanization. From 2020, Diana has been CEO of the FCDO-funded African Cities Research Consortium.
Diana’s work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. She has had a particular research focus on issues of urban basic services, tenure and housing. Diana works closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International, a trans-national network of homeless and landless people’s federations and support NGOs; and has also worked with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a network of civil society groups focussing on urban poverty and exclusion. This collaboration enables her to learn from the experiences of grassroots organizations in addressing social injustice, poverty and inequality.
Lalitha Kamath (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India)
Trained as an urban planner, Lalitha is an urbanist whose research interests focus on urbanization, local governance and planning, the politics of urban institutions and infrastructure policies, and public participation. She is particularly interested in learning from and theorizing everyday urbanisms and contributing to academic and practitioner networks within India and the Global South. Lalitha is with the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Susan Parnell (University of Bristol, UK/University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Susan Parnell is Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Bristol and Emeritus Professor at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. She has held previous academic positions at Wits University and the University of London (SOAS). She was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at UCL in 2011/2, Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair University College London in 2014/15 and Visiting Professor at LSE Cities in 2017/18. She has been actively involved in local, national and global urban policy debates around the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and is an advocate for better science policy engagement on cities. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications that document how cities, past and present, respond to policy change. Her most recent books include the co-authored Building a Capable State: Post Apartheid Service Delivery (Zed, 2017) and the co-edited The Urban Planet (Cambridge, 2018).
Chair: Ivan Turok (South African NRF Research Chair in City-Region Economies, South Africa)
Prof Ivan Turok holds the NRF Research Chair in City-Region Economies in the Department of Economics and Finance and the Centre for Development Support at the UFS. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and 11 books/monographs. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and Chairman of the Durban City Planning Commission. He was formerly Professor of Urban Economic Development at the University of Glasgow. He is an occasional adviser to the United Nations, OECD, African Development Bank, UNECA, and several national governments. His recent books include Transitions in Regional Economic Development (2018, Routledge), Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa (2019, Springer), and Restoring the Core: Central City Decline and Transformation in the South (2020, Elsevier). He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading.
The session will take place during the following times:
14:00 – 15:30 GMT/UK time
16:00 – 17:30 SAST/Cape Town, South Africa
19:30 – 21:00 IST/Mumbai, India
Area Development and Policy (ADP) engages with the transformation of the modern world as a result of the development of the global South/greater BRICS.
Tuesday 02.11.21 – Spatial Economic Analysis
There exists a number of disaster analysis streams that make use of input-output analysis. In this work, we are particularly interested in using input-output frameworks for investigating changes in consumption possibilities as a result of disaster-induced production shortfalls. We propose an improved disaster analysis approach, characterised by enabling spatial substitution, and by the ability to control for which parts of a multi-regional economy need to be shielded from the disaster. More specifically, first, we want to allow industries to substitute alternative inputs for reduced inputs. For example, industries may substitute unavailable inputs with imports of the identical product, or may use alternative technologies or materials. Second, we want to be able to specify that a disaster shall affect some intermediate or final demanders less than others, and some not at all. For example, partial power blackouts should affect schools only temporarily, supermarkets and cool-store facilities even less, and hospitals not at all. We apply our new approach to a case study: The consequences of Venezuela’s oil revenue plunge.
Speaker: Manfred Lenzen, (The University of Sydney, Australia)
Manfred Lenzen is Professor of Sustainability Research at Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Manfred has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and 15 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. He has undertaken extensive experimental research on passive solar architecture. He is an international leader in economic Input-Output Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment, is Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Economic Systems Research. He has contributed major methodological advances as well as numerous applications, in particular on embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaker: Mengyu Li (The University of Sydney, Australia)
Dr. Mengyu Li received her Ph.D. at Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) in the School of Physics, the University of Sydney in 2020. She now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ISA. Her research areas include: 1) using input-output-based disaster models to assess economic, environmental and social impacts of disasters; 2) lower carbon energy system modelling and sector coupling strategies;
The session will take place during the following times:
08.00 – 09.30 GMT/UK time
19.00 – 20.30 AEDT/Sydney, Australia
Spatial Economic Anallysis publishes research in spatial and geographic economics covering spatial data analysis and economic phenomena at city, regional and global levels.
Thursday 04.11.21 – Regional Studies
Speaker: Linda Samuels (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
Dr. Linda C. Samuels is an associate professor of urban design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches architecture and urban design studios and seminars on Infrastructural Urbanism, urban history and theory, and alternative sustainability metrics. Recent studio partners include Virgin Hyperloop One (LA/LV), Food Forward (LA), Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LA/Detroit), Bistate Research Institute (St. Louis), and Dutchtown South Community Corporation (St. Louis). Samuels was co-principal investigator on a grant from The Divided City initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, entitled Mobility For All By All, which aims to increase the social and environmental benefits of the multibillion-dollar proposed MetroLink expansion for residents living along the alignment.
Before coming to WashU, Dr. Samuels was the inaugural director of the Sustainable City Project (SCP), a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiative of the University of Arizona where she worked with public and private partners on micro- to macro-scaled sustainability efforts in southern Arizona and the larger megaregion.
Samuels earned her Doctorate in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. While at UCLA, she was a senior research associate at cityLAB, an urban think tank in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Samuels organized the influential WPA 2.0 design competition, symposium, and exhibition with Dana Cuff, Roger Sherman, and Tim Higgins.
Her publications include “Top/Up Urbanism” in Amplified Urbanism and “Resistance at the Trench: Why Efforts to Reinvent the 101 Freeway in Downtown Los Angeles Continue to Fail” in the Journal of Planning History (both 2017). Her 2019 essay, “A Case for Infrastructural Opportunism” was published in TAD: Technology I Architecture + Design. Samuels’ most recent book, Infrastructural Optimism, is available this fall from Routledge.
Chair: to be confirmed
Regional Studies is a leading international journal in theoretical development, empirical analysis and policy debate in the multi- and interdisciplinary field of regional studies.
Monday 08.11.21 – Regional Studies, Regional Science
Transportation networks underpin urban mobility. In turn, spatial network analysis has emerged as an important frontier in urban informatics as more data are collected about transportation networks’ form and utilization. However, the tools to model and analyze these networks are too often inaccessible, atheoretical, or otherwise limiting. This talk discusses some of the foundations and recent trends in this field, highlighting the growing connections between urban data science, network science, and transportation planning. It argues for open-source software and reusable computational data science as keys to both link and advance these disciplines for better science and practice.
Speaker: Geoff Boeing (University of Southern California, USA)
Dr. Boeing received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Price School, he was an Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics and Planning at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
His research revolves around city planning, urban form, data science, and urban informatics. Recent projects have focused on 1) the nature and character of urban street networks around the world, and 2) how spatial technologies and their data shape housing markets and our understanding of affordability. He is published in journals such as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space; Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems; the Journal of Planning Education and Research; Applied Network Science; and Urban Design International.
He has recently presented this research in plenary addresses at the 2019 AAG annual meeting, 2018 Architect of the Future conference and an invited presentation at the 2018 Venice Biennale. His research was shortlisted by the 2018 Information Is Beautiful Awards and the 2019 NetSci Visualization Awards and has been covered by Forbes, Slate, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and various other media outlets. He has served as a consultant for several planning, policymaking, and public health organizations.
Regional Studies, Regional Science publishes Open Access research on regional issues in geography, governance and policy as well as urbanization and economic development.
Friday 12.11.21 – Territory, Politics, Governance
In his talk, Julian will outline the concept of just sustainabilities as a response to the ‘equity deficit’ of much sustainability thinking and practice. He will explore his contention that who can belong in our cities will ultimately determine what our cities can become. He will illustrate his ideas with examples from urban planning and design, food justice and the ‘Minneapolis Paradox’.
Speaker: Julian Agyeman (Tufts University, USA)
Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and environmental sustainability. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He believes that what our cities can become (sustainable, smart, sharing and resilient) and who is allowed to belong in them (recognition of difference, diversity, and a right to the city) are fundamentally and inextricably interlinked. We must therefore act on both belonging and becoming, together, using just sustainabilities as the anchor, or face deepening spatial and social inequities and inequalities. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011), and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015), one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015. In 2018, he was awarded the Athena City Accolade by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, for his “outstanding contribution to the field of social justice and ecological sustainability, environmental policy and planning“.
Chair: Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
Professor Klaus Dodds is the Director of Research for the School of Life Sciences and Environment and Director of Living Sustainably at Royal Holloway. In October 2012, he was elected Academician (now Fellow) of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). He researches in the areas of environmental and health geopolitics, ice humanities and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. In 2020-1 he was visiting Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies Loughborough University and in 2021-22 will be visiting professor at the College of Europe, Warsaw teaching disinformation, misinformation and mal-information in geopolitics, health, and border politics. His latest book is Border Wars (Ebury and Diversion Publishers 2021).
Territory, Politics, Governance (TPG) is committed to the development of theory and research in territorial politics and the governance of space.