Image 2016 RSA China Division and China Association for Regional Economy Conference, Zhengzhou, China

Date and location

  •   October 18, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  •   Ying Bin Hotel of the Yellow River Henan

Conference details

The focus

Regional disparity has long been the subject of both academic and policy debate in the developed economies. Over the years, different theories have been developed to explain the nature of the problem and policies and institutions have been adopted to rebalance regional development. Meanwhile, in the emerging economies, regional disparity has become even worse than that of developed economies at the similar stage of development. While none of the existing theories and policies have really worked well as initially described in the developed economies, or at least did not last long if ever worked, there is an emerging trend led by the emerging global power that facilitates cross-border cooperation between lagging regions and between prosperous and lagging regions to help the lagging regions to build the capability competing in the global market.

The “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” (known as “One Belt One Road”) initiative is one example of this trend. The One Belt One Road initiative, supported by the earmarked fund set aside by the Chinese government, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and other related financial resources and tools, aims at promoting cross-border regional cooperation through infrastructure investment to increase international accessibility, fostering industrialisation, regional financial cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, fair trade, and cultural exchange and so on. This may provide an alternative paradigm both for theoretical grounding and policy intervention on rebalancing regional development.

This conference provides a platform for researchers and policymakers to address and debate on theories and practice of rebalancing regional development from a perspective of emerging paradigm. The conference will focus on international cooperation on factors underpinning regional development.

Conference themes

  • Cross-border regional cooperation under the restructuring global order
  • Cross-border regional cooperation for development: theories and practice
  • Cross-border regional cooperation for rural development
  • The development of regional financial industry
  • The development of cultural and creative industry
  • Higher education and regional development
  • High-tech industry and regional industrialisation
  • The development of smart city and region
  • Industrial park, smart specialisation, and regional development
  • The development of Aerotropolis and regional development

Conference Language

English and Chinese

Submission of abstracts

Please submit proposals of papers in the form of a 400-500 word abstract (text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) to Yujing Li at by 31st August 2016. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance. Once accepted, full paper in the form of no more than 12000 words in Chinese or 9000 words in English should be submitted by 30th September 2016. Full paper may be selected by the Conference Academic Committee to be published by a peer reviewed journal.


Deadline for registration: 31st August 2016. Registration fees $240 or £165, or RMB1,500 can be paid through online payment or bank transfer to the following account (please make sure to note your name, affiliated organization, and CARE&RSA HASS Conference):

Account holder: Henan Academy of Social Science Account number: 77261288000000150 Bank: China Everbright Bank Fengchan Road Branch (Zhengzhou)

Registration fees can be also paid by cash at the registration desk during the conference.


Excursion will be organized to take place on 21st October 2016 with a cost of RMB200 (not included in the registration fee). Please indicate whether you would like to participate when registering.

Conference Organisers

Local Organizer

Professor Zhancang Zhang, Henan Academy of Social Science, Henan Province People’s Government Development Research Centre, China

Dr Xuefeng Wang, Newcastle University, UK


Please contact Yujing Li at or on telephone and fax: +86 (0) 371 6369 6507, +86 (0) 186 3820 8331 for further details and questions regarding abstract submission.

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