Date and location

  •   December 13, 2013 - December 13, 2013
  •   University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Conference details

Context

The third seminar of the RSA Research Network “The impact of global economic crisis on capital cities” will continue the discussions started at our previous two seminars in Warsaw (2011) and Kyiv (2012). It will look at how capital cities have embraced the opportunities brought by changes in socioeconomic framework. It is 5 years since last global economic crisis has started and there is some evidence on how it is affecting countries and cities. The seminar will be held in Latvia and will provide an excellent platform to discuss the main actors and tools at hands of European Capital cities to stabilise their economy and advance their development.

The role of capital cities has been recognized and discussed at EU level. On February 2013, the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy  Johannes Hahh in meeting mayors of capital  cities called for more actions as “Capital cities are where Europe's economic and social problems are often most concentrated and most visible. But they are also the powerhouses of Europe – where the most important solutions can be found: in the fields of competitiveness, employment, education, transport, environment and innovation. This makes them crucial in lifting Europe out of crisis. Without Europe's capital cities we cannot make the Europe2020 Growth Agenda a reality.”

During the previous seminar in Kyiv it was concluded that there is one common feature that characterises more successful scenarios of crisis mitigation by capital cities: the more autonomy cities have to respond to negative economic and social trends, the more influence they have over generating income and allocating resources, the more flexible and thus more efficient their policies are and their outcomes are more significant.

Purpose of the seminar and core questions

This RSA Research Network Seminar will address the discussion on the different approaches used by capital cities in dealing with socioeconomic changes in Europe. In particular the seminar will contribute to four core questions:

Cities unlocking new opportunities – sectors, markets, niches, people.
Passive followers (path-dependants) and proactive creators (trend-setters) in the time of changes.
The importance of innovation for modern day success of capital city in delivering services, engaging with community, satisfying ever-changing needs and gaining new markets.
Networking and internationalization – going global as a fashion or necessity.

Discussion areas

Are there any signs of creative destruction? What are examples of passive reaction to the crisis or proactive initiatives that aim to eliminate weaknesses and build new strengths? Are there capital cities that are doing better than pre-2008? What are new patterns in city economy, welfare and spatial planning that open the way for the 21st century success? Can capital city remain or become successful without string innovative component in its economy? What examples of innovations in public and private sectors that reshape city landscapes? Networking capitals – is it crucial to be connected with likeminded cities across the globe? What is the importance of involvement of capital cities in international cooperation and different networks? Can international networking enhance city’s competitiveness? What are the examples from European programmes and initiatives and global networks?

Seminar participants are invited to present papers contributing to the above mentioned core questions and discussion areas. Presentations on other topics related to the impact of the global economic crisis on capital cities are also welcome.

Structure of the seminar

The seminar will formally begin on the morning of Friday, 13th December 2013, with an opening session and a comprehensive insight into topics of each thematic session will be presented by four keynote speakers.

Two thematic sessions will take place in parallel and will be chaired by appointed experts.

There will be several informal networking opportunities offered:

  • informal get together dinner on Thursday evening, 12th December;
  • coffee breaks and lunch breaks during the seminar on Friday, 13th December;
  • Farewell reception on Friday afternoon, 13th December;

 

Working language

The working language of the seminar is English.

Abstract requirements and application process

Abstracts in English of up to 2500 characters should be submitted before 17th November 2013 to  omrinska@gmail.com
Requirements for submitting the abstracts:

Text font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, alignment: heading centred, main text justified; line spacing: single
Structure of the heading is following:

Tittle of the paper
Name, Surname
Tittle of the University
E-mail address

Keywords: not more than 5 keywords

Participant will receive acknowledgement about the acceptance of the abstract no later than 2nd December 2013.
Registration fee is 20 Euro.

 

Bursaries

Thanks to financial support from the Regional Studies Association, we will be able to offer several travel bursaries to RSA members only (up to 150 EUR per person). Priority will be given to graduate and postgraduate students, young researchers (up to 30 years old) and participants who experience acute financial difficulties.

The bursary can cover travel and accommodation costs. Applicants are encouraged to minimise their costs by using economy fares, budget transport modes, sharing accommodation and booking economy hotels/hostels. Bursaries will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. RSA individual membership is a precondition for receiving the bursary.

 

RSA Research Network Seminar

DRAFT PROGRAMME

CAPITAL CITIES: EMBRACING THE CHANGE AND TAPPING INTO OPPORTUNITIES

13th December 2013 (Friday)

Venue: University of Latvia, Riga, Raina bulv.19 (Small Aula) OR The representation of EC in Latvia (tbc)

Participants: The seminar is open to researchers and practitioners from different countries who have specific interest in the various aspects of the development of capital cities around the world, and in the effects of global economic crisis on local and regional economies.

 

12th December

19:00 – 22:00 Pre-conference dinner

 

13th December

9:00 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:30 Opening session / Welcome words

Prof., Dr.Tatyana Muravska, Director of the Centre for Economic and Transition Studies, Riga

Dr. Olga Mrinska, Representative of the RSA Reseach Network, Policy Consultant, EBRD, UK/Ukraine

10:30 – 12:00 Keynote speeches (gateways to the thematic sections)

10:30 – 10:50 Best Development Conditions in European Metropolises: Paris, Berlin and Warsaw (insight into ESPON study)

Speaker tbc.

10:50 – 11:10 Detecting Territorial Potentials and Challenges

Speaker tbc.                                                                       

11:10 – 11:30 The Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership

Speaker tbc.

11:30 – 11:50 Networking and internalisation – waste of time or source of development?

Speaker tbc.

11:50 – 12:00 Discussion

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:45 Thematic Session 1: CITIES UNLOCKING NEW OPPORTUNITIES. NETWORKING AND INTERNATIONALIZATION

Chair Dr. Olga Mrinska, EBRD, UK/Ukraine

4-5 presentations

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30 Thematic Session 2: CITY AS A PASSIVE FOLLOWER OR PROACTIVE CREATOR? INNOVATION AS PART OF SUCCESS OF CAPITAL CITY

Chair Dr. Maciej Smetkowski, EUROREG, University of Warsaw

4-5 presentations

17:00 – 18:30 Closing Session and Farewell reception

Conference Organisers

Local organiser’s contact person:

Liga Baltina

European Centre for Economic and Transition Studies, University of Latvia

Raiņa boulevard 19
Rīga, LV-1586

baltina.lu@gmail.com

+371 29167300

 

Network co-organiser:

Olga Mrinska

omrinska@gmail.com

tel.: +447825084440

Postal address:

2 The Moors

Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire, AL7 1QR, UK

 

Co-organisers

EUROREG, University of Warsaw, Poland

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of Latvia

Baltic Interregional Development hub, Latvia

 

Information about the Research Network

The RSA Research Network “The impact of global economic crisis on capital cities” is looking at various cases of how capital cities have reacted in the wake of global economic crisis, at different dimensions of mitigating the consequences of this crisis, and whether and how they have changed through the crisis: government policies, business adjustments, social and human innovations, perceptions and brands of the cities. The Network’s findings will not only enrich empirical research but will also be useful for more practical areas such as developing and implementing central and local-level policies aimed at improving the competitiveness and resilience of city economies at different stages of the economic cycle.

The Network is a virtual marketplace for the exchange of ideas, news, projects, information on publications and events. It is open to all researchers and practitioners, young and old, from across the globe, who are interested in the development of capital cities, globalisation, the recent global economic crisis and its impact on cities’ economies, welfare, society, and environment. Along with regular virtual communications, the Research Network has organised two seminars: in Warsaw on 23 September 2011 and in Kyiv on 26 October 2012.

The research network receives financial support from the Regional Studies Association.

Please visit the network blog at http://capitalcitiesaftercrisis.blogspot.com/ or write to the network organisers for further details:

Dr Olga Mrinska, Policy Consultant, EBRD, London, UK: omrinska@gmail.com

Dr. Maciej Smetkowski, EUROREG, University of Warsaw, Poland: msmetkowski@uw.edu.pl 

Related Documents

How to get there

University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia