Dates and Times
Throughout 2022, the RSA in partnership with Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Research Centre Global Dynamics at Leipzig University and Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities organised a themed series of events focussing on Central and Eastern Europe: An online webinar series, Early Career online event and pre-conference Early Career workshop followed by an international conference in Leipzig, Germany. These events highlighted and discussed bridging old and new divides in CEE, providing knowledge exchange, and capacity building and networking opportunities with researchers and policymakers working in the field. The conference photos can be found here.
The conference was supported by the Fritz Thyssen and Volkswagen Stiftung.
CEE Conference, Leipzig, Germany (14.09. – 17.09.2022)
Accessing the CEE Conference Programme
During the conference we used the RSA’s events app which allowed delegates to view the most up to date programme, abstracts, speakers.
See our “How to” video guides for information on downloading and using the RSA Hub app.
- New and old economies and their spaces
- Winners and losers of economic transformation and transnationalisation
- New spaces of innovation, between mainstream, social and bottom-up alternatives
- Between foreign direct investments and locally rooted economies
- Deindustrialization and reindustrialization between path renewal and path dependency
- Sustainable development and green growth
- Infrastructures and foundational economies for building resilient regions
- Diverse economies, post-development and de-growth
- Hidden economies of everyday life and social reproduction
EU and regional policies:
- Core-periphery, urban-rural, East-West divides
- Competition, competitiveness and cohesion – neoliberal vs. distributive policies
- Global cities, socio-spatial polarisation and regional policies
- Smart territorial development
- European Green deal, climate change and regional policies
- The transformative power of cities for the common good – Leipzig Charter 2.0
- Peripheral development, borders and border regions
- Participatory and deliberative regional policymaking
- Place making, spatial imaginaries, futures of regions and regionalism
Political geographies and re-thinking CEE:
- Old and new liaisons: CEE between Russian, Chinese and US influences
- Contesting the European project: CEE within the EU
- Past and future of democracy in CEE: liberalism, illiberalism, authoritarian backsliding
- CEE and the Global East, de-colonial and post-colonial approaches
- Beyond (post-)socialist and (post-)soviet transformation
- Changing state agencies and the rescaling of power in times of crises
- Polarizing regional development as a driver of political radicalization?
- Populism, electoral geographies and the left behind
Societies and culture:
- Civil societies, social movements, protest and space
- Arts, creativity, culture and development
- Housing, conviviality and the commons
- Local agency and global challenges
- (Im)mobilities and migration
- Demographic shifts and changing social structures
- Race, ethnicity and othering
- Labour, healthcare, and welfare during COVID-19
During the 2022 CEE conference, there was a number of career development sessions:
Meet the Editors Session
This session provided opportunities to meet and talk with editors about their journal, ask questions on the submission and publishing process.
- Area Development and Policy
- Eurasian Geography and Economics
- Finance & Space (new forthcoming journal)
- Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning
- Regional Studies
- Regional Studies, Regional Science
- Spatial Economic Analysis
- Territory, Politics, Governance
Support your research with ERC: European Research Council information session
Information session about the Horizon Europe (HE) programme for research and innovation and the role of ERC within HE. Presentation of the three main grant schemes provided by ERC, information to potential applicants – who can apply, how does the evaluation process looks like, pros and cons for a successful application, the situation of Central and Eastern Europe as regards the excellent science. The session will be followed by Q&As.
There will also be opportunities to present your paper, gain feedback, develop your networks and keep the discussion going throughout the conference and its parallel paper sessions.
- Michaela Trippl, Austria (University of Vienna)
- Petya Ivanova Slavova, Bulgaria (Sofia University)
- Vladan Hruška, Czech Republik (Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)
- Tauri Tuvikene, Estonia (Tallinn University)
- Johanna Hautala, Finland (University of Vaasa)
- Erika Nagy, Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
- Petra Radeljak Kaufmann, Croatia (University of Zagreb)
- Zaiga Krišjāne, Latvia (University of Latvia)
- Donatas Burneika, Lithuania (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)
- Maciej Smętkowski, Poland (EUROREG, University of Warsaw, Chairman of RSA Polish Section)
- Jozsef Benedek, Romania (Universitatea Babes-Bolyai)
- Leonid Limonov, Russia (ICSER Leontief Centre)
- Danica Šantić, Serbia (University of Belgrade)
- Maros Finka, Slovakia (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)
- David Bole, Slovenia (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
- Olga Mrinska, Ukraine/London UK (RSA Ambassador for Ukraine)
- Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
- Oleg Golubchikov, United Kingdom (Cardiff University)
- Vera Smirnova, United States (Kansas State University)
- Hans Wiesmeth, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities Leipzig
- Matthias Middell, CAS/ Uni Leipzig/ ReCentGlobe
- Thilo Lang, Nadir Kinossian, Lyubomir Pozharliev, Lela Rekhviashvili, IfL Leipzig/ EEGA
- Franziska Görmar, Tim Leibert, Markus Sattler, Sofia Gavrilova (IfL)
- Katja Castryck-Naumann (GWZO)
- Annegret Haase (UFZ)
- Antje Zettler, Steffi Marung (ReCentGlobe)
- Benjamin Klement (IMW)
Students and Early Career Researcher session
As part of the 2022 RSA CEE programme, several sessions were designed for postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing a PhD). These sessions include an Early Career online event, which took place in May, a pre-CEE conference Early Career Workshop on experimental methods for public outreach on 13.09.2022 in Leipzig, as well as career development sessions during the CEE conference in Leipzig from 14.09.- 16.09.2022.
These sessions gave participants opportunities to present papers, gain valuable feedback, new ideas, provide learning on how to strategically develop and enhance profiles for career progression and opportunities to network and socialise with others working on CEE in regional and urban studies, planning, geography, politics, development studies, economics and related fields.
Virtual Special Issue
As part of the 2022 Central and Eastern Europe programme, Taylor & Francis has compiled a virtual special issue to mark the occasion. The virtual special issue draws together papers published across the RSA’s journals Regional Studies, Spatial Economic Analysis, Territory, Politics, Governance, and Regional Studies, Regional Science. It highlights the wide range of novel research by RSA authors, and the growth of central and eastern Europe as a key region of present and future focus.
Click here to access the virtual special issue for free.