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Date and location

  •   October 27, 2016 - October 28, 2016
  •   Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle, NE1 8ST, UK

Conference details

Registration & abstract submission deadline extended until Monday 19th Setpember 2016!


The Regional Studies Association welcomes submissions of abstracts to our annual Student and Early Career conference, to be held in Newcastle in October 2016. This conference will give PhD students and early career researchers the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. The conference will bring together participants to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment. Participants will receive invaluable feedback, new ideas and will learn how to strategically develop and enhance their profiles for career progression. One session will focus on academic change and the job market. Editors of the RSA journals Regional Studies, Territory Politics Governance, Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Studies, Regional Science will be present.

We welcome all submissions with a regional focus and especially those in the following areas:

  • Urban and regional policy
  • New challenges in urban planning
  • New economic geography
  • Big data and regions
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Politics and territory
  • Mega-regions and City regions
  • Regional mapping and visualisation
  • Clusters and smart specialisation
  • Employment, Welfare and Labour Markets
  • Migration Debates in the European Union and beyond
  • Social and community cohesion
  • Innovation, Knowledge and Local Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship, manufacturing and new business models

Conference Format
The conference will begin and end with plenary lectures. In between, parallel workshop tracks will be held, all taking place at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University city centre campus in Newcastle upon Tyne. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘research impact’ session with leading academics and journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.

Conference Fees
The conference is open to RSA members and non-members. RSA members benefit from a lower registration fee. The Non-members fee now includes 1 year RSA Membership please click here to find out more about the member benefits.

RSA Student Member £45
RSA Early Career Member £55
RSA Individual/Corporate Member £120
Non-Member Student (includes 1 year RSA membership) £89
Non-Member Early Career (includes 1 year RSA membership) £126
Non-Member Individual (includes 1 year RSA membership) £213

Information about the Venue
The conference venue is about 15 mins walk from Newcastle train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, Newcastle Airport is only 20 mins away, connected to the city centre via the Metro system. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.

Conference Organisers

RSA Organiser: Lesa Reynolds:
Academic Organiser: Dr. Ignazio Cabras, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK

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How to get there

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle, NE1 8ST, UK