Image 2019 RSA Central and Eastern Europe Conference, Lublin, Poland

Date and location

  •   September 11, 2019 - September 13, 2019
  •   Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Plac Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, 20-400 Lublin, Lublin, Poland

Conference details

View the RSA 2019 CEE Infographic about the conference here. Please find a selection of conference photos here. 

Olga Levytska, Dolishniy Institute of Regional Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine), was one of the conference bursary winners, awarded by the RSA Ambassador in Ukraine (Dr Olga Mrinska). Click here to read her conference report, where she shares with you her experience about the CEE Conference.

To join the conversation, please use #RSALublin

Metropolises of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries play an important role in the European economy. They are the driving force for national development, research specialisation, knowledge production, innovation and business services. They are among the fastest growing regions in the EU, attractive for foreign investors and becoming increasingly competitive in the global (European) market place.

As economic hubs they provide benefits due to economies of scale and scope for business and local society. They generate the possibility of economic, social, and cultural development, acting as growth poles – centres of concentration of activities and creation of innovations. However, contemporary metropolises in Central and Eastern European countries face many challenges and problems. They are islands of economic development surrounded by poorly developed peripheries. Less developed areas cumulate problems and challenges of a social, environmental, spatial, infrastructural and communication nature. All this requires new approaches in the development policy at the European, national, regional and local level.

The 2019 RSA CEE conference showcases challenges, determinants and perspectives of development of different kind of metropolises and peripheries in CEE. The emphasis is on the economic performance, social, and political issues with respect to regional, national and European dimensions.

To study and debate these and many other issues, we warmly invite the regional studies/science and connected communities, policymakers, planners, and practitioners to join us at the 2019 RSA CEE Conference in Lublin, Poland.

Conference themes:

  • Development challenges of metropolises and peripheries
  • Cohesion Policy
  • Spatial inequalities, Spatial planning policy
  • Urban functional areas
  • Future of cities
  • Urban theory and strategy
  • Suburbanization, re-urbanization, and re-vitalization
  • Local resources
  • Technical and social infrastructure
  • Labour markets, commuting, distant work
  • Dominant/prime city
  • Economic growth
  • Inclusive growth
  • Spatial distribution and effects of FDI
  • Integrated territorial investments
  • Smart specialization, industrial strategy
  • Innovation and competitiveness
  • Cross-border regions and transnational cooperation
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Socio-economic exclusion
  • Quality of life and wellbeing
  • Education, culture, tourism

Virtual Special Issue

A selection of articles across our five journal can be found in our CEE Virtual Special Issue. All listed articles are free to access.

Abstract submission:

Please submit your abstract (250-words abstract – text only) through the RSA conference portal. The extended abstract submission deadline is 9th July 2019. Abstracts will be considered by the Conference Committee against the criteria of originality, interest, and subject balance.

Conference registration:

Your active participation allows us to support the global regional studies community. Your engagement is key to the impact that regional studies can make. Thank you.

This conference is free of charge and we invite registrations from both members and non-members of the Association.

Please support the RSA by joining us as a member or by donating to us. Your support allows us to support the global community of regional and urban researchers with funding support, training sessions, free events, networking opportunities and publications. Your support makes this possible!

The RSA’s membership rates are designed to make membership as affordable as possible for all groups working in the regional studies community. We have rates that take account of career stage and place of work and individual memberships range from as little as £14 (c.€16) – £109 (c.€123) for one year. As an RSA member, you will benefit from access to leading publications and research in the field of regional studies, science and policy, have the opportunity to apply for a variety of research funding and support, benefit from reduced conference fees at our other RSA conferences, gain discounts on publications, and ample networking and career development opportunities. Click here for RSA membership benefits and to join the RSA click here.

We hope you will be able to join the RSA community and the Lublin conference.

Publishing opportunities:

As part of the conference, we will run a ‘Publish with the RSA’ Session which will highlight publishing opportunities with the RSA and we encourage participants to submit their conference paper to one of the RSA journals.

The following journals call for submissions of collections of papers from the CEE conference:

(1) The RSA’s open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science which is ESCI and SCOPUS indexed and rated ‘A’ in the ABDC journal quality list. Each paper submitted as part of the conference collection will be subject to refereeing in its own right and the editors will take a view about the collection as a whole.

(2) The journal co-published by the RSA’s Polish Section Studia Regionalne i Lokalne which publishes in Polish and English also welcomes submissions from conference delegates.


Conference Organisers

Local Conference Committee:

Dr hab. Wojciech Janicki, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Miszczuk, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Prof. dr hab. Radosław Dobrowolski, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Prof. dr hab. Sławomir Terpiłowski, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Prof. dr hab. Irena Pidek, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Dr hab. Maciej Smętkowski, University of Warsaw; Regional Studies Association Polish Section
Prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Gorzelak, University of Warsaw; Regional Studies Association Polish Section
Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Dr Urszula Bronisz, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Dr Andrzej Jakubowski, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

Academic Organisers:

Dr hab. Wojciech Janicki, Dr Urszula Bronisz and Dr Andrzej Jakubowski, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University (Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management), Lublin and Prof. Dr hab. Andrzej Miszczuk, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University (Faculty of Economics), Lublin, Poland

RSA Conference Manager:

Katharina Bürger,, +44 (0) 1273 698 017

Related Documents

Academic conference programme
Abstract Book
Call for papers – Conference Collection of RSRS

More information about the conference and the RSA:
Publish with the RSA
RSA membership benefits
RSA Non-Discriminatory and Anti-Harassment Policy
Terms and Conditions

More information about Lublin:
Information on Lublin
Tourist Maps Lublin

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How to get there

Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Plac Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, 20-400 Lublin, Lublin, Poland