Date and time
- Extended Abstract submission deadline: 7th September 2023
- Registration opens: 14th September 2023
- Registration deadline: 19th October 2023
Recent years have been dominated by external shocks (the Covid pandemic, war in Ukraine), crises (in energy, cost of living) and emergencies (the climate emergency, African food crisis). During this time regional research and debate has focused on regions ‘in crisis’, ‘in transition’ and ‘in recovery’. While it is too early to declare an end to these turbulent times, the focus is switching to the impact of the changes to how people, work and human activity is taking place in, between and across regions. Discussion is also centering on planning the future design, form and function of regions, cities and rural areas.
The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2023 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 assess options for practitioners and policymakers in working towards better regional futures.
The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions which identify new fields of enquiry, address broad research and policy agendas, and include contributions from any discipline offering relevant insights at local and regional levels. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.
- Designing the regions, cities and rural areas of tomorrow
- Cities and regions in a post-Covid world
- Reviving left behind places and tackling uneven development
- Industry 4.0 and the future shape of innovation, industrial development and strategy
- Data analytics, smart cities, AI and the digital transformation
- Planning for demographic change, migratory trends and an ageing society
- Energy transitions, environmental sustainability, and the role of regions in achieving Net Zero
- Regional strategies for enhancing security (e.g. health, food, energy, data, financial, geopolitical, democracy)
- Alternative models for regional development (e.g. foundational, circular, post-growth)
- The role of data, research and evidenced based policy in a post-truth age
- Finance, investment, trading relations and their regional impacts
- The role of universities and other institutions in (re)shaping regions
- Tools and techniques for visualising and modelling regional trends
- The changing geographies and spatial impacts of global investment flows, Global Value Chains
- Global migration flows and the integration of migrants into cities and regions
- Technological change, innovation and its implications
- Industrial policy
The conference includes access to the two days academic programme, our mobile app RSA Hub, refreshment breaks and lunches, drinks reception at the end of the day on Thursday 9th November.
The conference includes access to the two days academic programme, our mobile app RSA Hub, refreshment breaks and lunches, drinks reception at the end of the day on Thursday 9th November. Your conference fee also includes a 1 year RSA membership, benefits include access to the RSA journals, discounts and funding opportunities, you can find the full benefits here.