Date and location

  •   June 15, 2014 - June 18, 2014
  •   Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Business, Izmir, Turkey

Conference details

Deadline extended until Sunday 6th AprilRegister Here (abstracts should be no more than 800 words, text only, click here for further information). 

Diversity within regions is often considered one way to achieve sustainability and stability in economic growth and development.  As a region’s social and economic structure becomes more diverse, it becomes less sensitive to external shocks. Variety in economic activities as well as divergent local cultures within the region is a source of regional strength and resilience. The concept of resilience has often been used in regional development to define robustness, strength, flexibility and the ability to respond to external shocks. Building resilient regions is seen as particularly important in the wake of the global economic crisis as a new source of economic growth. This objective is emphasized both by the OECD’s agenda for stronger, cleaner and fairer economies and by EU2020’s call for smart, inclusive, sustainable economies.  The objectives in both agendas are complementary. 

The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on ‘Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories’ presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.

Contributions are invited which fit with the following themes, to collectively explore and discuss these key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.  Abstracts should not exceed 800 words, and should be in text format only, no tables, graphics or graphs. Please click here for abstract submission guidelines.

A. Borders and Cross Border Cooperation

I. Innovation and Knowledge Economies

Q. Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment and Energy

B. Clusters and Smart Specialisation

J. Labour Markets and Migration

R. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership

C. Community Economic Development

K. Regional Development Policy

S. Tourism and Experience Economies

D. Culture, Creativity and ICT

L. Regional Well-being and Happiness

T. Urbanisation and Cities

E. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions

M. Role of Institutions in Regional Development

U. Women entrepreneurs

F. Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Business Climate

N. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development

V. The Economic Adjustment of Regions

G. Geographies of Global Finance

O. Spatial Justice


H. Industrial Branching and Technological Cohesion

P. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure


Plenary Speakers

Plenary Session 1: Regional Studies vs. Today's Challenges – Monday 16th June 2014
Professor Ron Boschma, CIRCLE at Lund University, Sweden
Professor Betsy Donald, Queens University, Canada

Plenary Session 2: Title to be confirmed  Tuesday 17th June 2014
Nahit Bingöl, Director General, Ministry for Development, Turkey
Professor Rob Kitchin, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Ronnie Hall, EU Commission, Belgium

Plenary Session 3: Culture, Creativity and Technology – Wednesday 18th June 2014
Professor Philip Cooke, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark 
Professor Yeşim Rabia Kuştepeli, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey  


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If tweeting about this event please use #RSA_Izmir2014. We advise you to read the conference Terms and Conditions before registering. Guidelines to assist you in using the registration system can be found here. Full paper submission details and details on the International Best Paper Competition and Best Early Career Paper Competition can be found here, the deadline is 19th May 2014. There is no requirement to submit a full paper. 

The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference please contact: Elizabeth Mitchell (

Conference Publications Strategy
The European conference has a link to the RSA journal Regional Studies, Regional Science. This gold open access journal offers a special conference article processing charge (APC) of just $150 for articles submitted within 4 months of the conference end date where the paper was presented at the conference. Please submit your article through For more on the journal’s publication criteria and refereeing practice visit . The journal is committed to (and delivering on) speedy refereeing and rapid publication.

Conference Organisers

RSA Organiser:
Elizabeth Mitchell:

Academic Organiser:
Sedef Akgungor:
Pedro Marques:

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Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Business, Izmir, Turkey