Our first globetrotting webinar series ‘RSA Global’ will run in November and aims to bring together the Regional Studies communities from around the globe. Starting in Australasia, we will have stops (webinars) on our journey around the globe in China, India, Russia, Europe, Africa, Latin and North America.
Each stop will last three hours and feature high-profile plenary speakers, presentations from within the particular geography and capacity building sessions. The aim is to support the Regional Studies and wider community during these difficult times with latest research, global insights and training opportunities. RSA Global sessions will be free and open to all. More details will be announced in due course and we hope you will be able to join us travelling the world from the safety of your office or home.
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Webinar Series archive
Past webinars will be available on demand for RSA members via the RSA Members’ Lounge. We welcome new members to the RSA. More information on membership benefits and how to join the Association can be found here.
China – Tuesday 03.11.2020
Speaker: Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Henry Wai-chung Yeung is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Co-Director of the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS), and Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre in the NUS Global Asia Institute. He is Principal Investigator of a US$4 million strategic grant awarded by the National University of Singapore to establish the GPN@NUS Centre. He is a leading social scientist specializing in theories and the geography of transnational corporations, global production networks and global value chains, East Asian firms and developmental states in the global economy.
Professor Yeung received his BA (First Class) from NUS in 1992 and PhD from the University of Manchester in 1995. He was a recipient of the NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award (1998), Outstanding Researcher Award (2008), and University Research Recognition Award (2018). In December 2017, he was selected by the American Association of Geographers in the United States to receive the AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors for 2018 “in recognition of his extraordinary scholarship and leadership in the discipline”. Earlier in June 2017, he was conferred the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Murchison Award 2017 for “pioneering publications in the field of globalisation”. Professor Yeung has published six authored books, seven edited books, and over 100 journal papers and 50 book chapters across the fields of human geography, urban and regional studies, Asian studies, international business, and political economy. His recent monographs are Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, May 2016) and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2015). His research has achieved very high impact in the social sciences. The ISI Web of Science database shows that he has 12 journal papers each receiving over 100 citations and his accumulated work has been cited at least 5,100 times in over 3,900 publications (excluding own work) as of January 2020, generating an h-index of at least 34. His citations on Google Scholar have exceeded 19,000. He is Editor of two top journals in Geography since 2001 – Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography and Past Editor of Review of International Political Economy (2004-2013), and serves on the editorial boards of 20 other international journals, including Global Networks, Journal of Economic Geography, and Journal of International Business Studies.
Discussant: Karen Lai, Durham University, UK
Karen Lai is Associate Professor/Reader at the Department of Geography, Durham University. Her research interests include geographies of money and finance, global cities, FinTech, service sectors and market formation, focusing particularly on issues of financialisation, knowledge networks and financial centre development. Her recent projects examine everyday financialisation through the knowledge networks of financial advisors and consumers, and the global financial networks of investment banks and law firms in Asia. She is currently working on FinTech to examine the changing relationships between financial institutions and technology firms, and impacts on the development of financial centres. She serves on the Executive Committees of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) and the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers). She is also on the journal editorial boards of Geoforum and Geography Compass (Economic section).
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Speakers to be confirmed
Chair: Professor Weidong Liu, Institute of Geographical Sciences and National Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
More information to follow.
More information about sessions, which are organised by local partners in Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as registration will be available in due course.
Plenary: Urbanisation, economic density and the pandemic (Ivan Turok, South African NRF Research Chair in City-Region Economies)
Prof Ivan Turok holds the NRF Research Chair in City-Region Economies in the Department of Economics and Finance and the Centre for Development Support at the UFS. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and 11 books/monographs. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and Chairman of the Durban City Planning Commission. He was formerly Professor of Urban Economic Development at the University of Glasgow. He is an occasional adviser to the United Nations, OECD, African Development Bank, UNECA, and several national governments. His recent books include Transitions in Regional Economic Development (2018, Routledge), Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa (2019, Springer), and Restoring the Core: Central City Decline and Transformation in the South (2020, Elsevier). He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading.
All sessions will run consecutively and you are welcome to stay as long or short as you wish. You will only need to register for free once and can drop in and out of the sessions.
Learn more about the RSA Latin America Division: https://www.regionalstudies.org/network/latin-america/
Michael Storper (PhD, Economic Geography, University of California, Berkeley), is an economic geographer who holds concurrent appointments at UCLA, the London School of Economics, and Sciences Po/Paris. Storper is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed academic articles and 13 books, including the widely-cited The Regional World: Territory, Technology and Economic Development(Guilford), Worlds of Production (Harvard), and Keys to the City (Princeton University Press, 2013). His most recent book (2015) is entitled The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from Los Angeles and San Francisco (Stanford University Press). Storper publishes in journals in geography, sociology, urban studies, economics, and development studies. He received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Utrecht in 2008, the Sir Peter Hall Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2012, the Founder’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2016, the Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the American Association of Geography in 2017. Storper is FBA (a member of the British Academy), and the Academy of Social Sciences. Thompson-Reuters named him “one of the world’s most influential scientific minds” in 2013. Storper is a frequent contributor to regional and urban policy-making for the European Union, the French government, and other international agencies. He holds dual French-American citizenship and is a fluent speaker of English, French and Portuguese.
Alejandra Trejo is an economist, holds a Master degree in Regional Economics and a PhD in Development Studies. She is currently a professor at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She is an ambassador to Mexico of the Regional Studies Association, and a UKRI International Development peer review college member. Her research agenda reflects significant interdisciplinary concerns about the issues of urbanization, urban and regional economic development, governance and policy.
Sergio Montero is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Development at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He is based at CIDER, an interdisciplinary research center for development studies. His interests are in the politics and governance of urban and regional planning; the local and global dynamics behind the circulation, learning and adoption of urban policy models; and local and regional economic development strategies, with an emphasis in Latin American cities and regions. Sergio has published in internationally recognized journals in urban and Latin American studies such as Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Latin American Perspectives. He received the Regional Studies Association/Routledge Early Career Award for his co-edited book “Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America” (Routledge 2018, with Karen Chapple). Sergio holds a BA in Economics from Universidad de Granada (Spain) and a master and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Carla Daniela Calá is currently a full-professor in International Economics and member of the Industrial Economics Research Group at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. She has a Bachelor Degree in Economics (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata), Master Degree in Economics and Industrial Development (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina), Master in Industrial Organization (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain) and PhD in Economics (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). Her research interests are related to the evolution of regional productive structures in developing countries, in terms of firm dynamics, local productive patterns, regional specialization, productive diversification and economic resilience.
Chair: Pedro Amaral (CEDEPLAR – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Tenured professor at the Department of Economics and the Center for Regional Development and Planning (Cedeplar) at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Fellow of the Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago, USA. Ph.D degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and co-editor of the journals Spatial Economic Analysis (since 2014), Journal of Spatial Econometrics (since 2019), and Regional Studies, Regional Science (since 2013). Ambassador for Regional Studies Association in Brazil (since 2017) and productivity fellowship awardee from the Brazilian Research Council CNPq (since 2017). Primary research field is spatial economics, working mainly with health equity and regional disparities.
Miguel Atienza Ubeda holds a Ph.D in Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and MPhil in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex (UK). He is professor of regional and urban economics at the Economics Department and Business Faculty of the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta (Chile). His main areas of research are the formation and evolution of spatial agglomerations, mining and regional development and entrepreneurship and labour interregional mobility. Currently he is the Chilean ambassador of the Regional Studies Association.
Further speakers to be confirmed
Chair: Alejandra Trejo (El Colegio de México, Mexico)
Supporters and Exhibitors
The Centre for Development Support (CDS) is a progressive research and development unit within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) with the broad aim of promoting sustainable human development in the broader South African society. In addition to this, the CDS also presents a two-year multi-disciplinary Master’s Programme in Development Studies (MDS) with lecturers from sixteen departments at the UFS, by means of resource-based learning. This degree is designed for people who are currently working in a development-related context, or who intend to do so.
Chair City-Region Economies
Cities are potential platforms for progress because they make people and firms more productive. Agglomeration creates positive value and facilitates learning and creativity. It also generates efficiencies for public infrastructure and essential services. Yet urbanisation of the population does not automatically lead to rising prosperity or inclusion, especially if it accompanied by congestion, social instability, public health risks or inflated property prices. The research seeks to understand the determinants of urban economic success and the obstacles faced in order to improve policy and practice – for government, the private sector and civil society. The intention is to analyse the factors and forces that drive economic development across the urban system, and that help and hinder urbanisation contributing to economic and social development.