Image Student and Early Career Conference 2018

Date and location

  •   October 25, 2018 - October 26, 2018
  •   University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

Conference details

Conference photographs

Photos of the Student and Early Career Conference 2018 have been uploaded to the RSA’s Flickr account and can be viewed here.

Information about forthcoming Student and Early Career Conference 2019

The 2019 Student and Early Career Conference will be held at the University of Lincoln, in Lincoln, United Kingdom, from 30th October until 1st November 2019. Further information about this conference, including the Call for Abstracts and how to register, is available here.

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Please note that the submission of papers is now closed.

This conference will give PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing a PhD) the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional and urban studies, planning, geography, politics, development studies, economics and related fields. This is an annually run conference and previous participants particularly valued the invaluable feedback received, new ideas and learning how to strategically develop and enhance their profiles for career progression.

The conference will bring together a range of international participants from different disciplines to present and debate their work in a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment. Participants will be able to enrich their engagement with contemporary research in the field and share their learning.

Experts in academic publishing, funding and impact will be present during the conference and provide insights into how to publish in academic journals, how to build a professional network, how to promote your publications, how and where to apply for funding and how to increase the impact of your work.

The 2018 conference is supported by the University of Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and organised in partnership with the School of Global Studies and the Institute of Development Studies.

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

  • Alternative concepts and strategies for urban and regional development
  • Cities, city-regions and regions in territorial development
  • Community development
  • Big and open data: analytics, mapping, modelling and visualisation in cities and regions
  • Brexit, devolution, regional autonomy
  • Climate change, sustainability transitions and regional development
  • Education and skills
  • Employment, welfare and labour markets
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and development in cities and regions
  • Gender, diversity and equality
  • Globalisation and de-globalisation
  • Health, wellbeing and urban and regional development Infrastructure and regional development
  • Inclusive growth in cities and regions
  • Innovation, knowledge, learning and creativity
  • Institutions, government and governance in regional development
  • Migration, mobility and urban and regional change
  • Politics and territory
  • Regional industrial strategy and the revitalisation of manufacturing
  • Regional resilience and adaptive capacity
  • Smart specialisation
  • Social and spatial inequalities and cohesion
  • The gig economy
  • Uneven development and spatial disparities
  • Urban and regional policy and planning

Methods Roundtable Session: The conference will include a roundtable session on methods. For this session we welcome abstracts addressing a methodological problem or innovation.

Abstract submission: Please submit your research and/ or methods abstract (up to 500 words) via the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 20th September 2018. Abstracts will be considered against the criteria of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.

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) £94
Non-Member Early Career (includes 1 year RSA membership) £135
Non-Member Individual (includes 1 year RSA membership) £226


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Conference Organisers

Scientific Committee:

Professor Michael Collyer, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
Dr Deepta Chopra, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Dr Paul Gilbert, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK

RSA conference manager: Wanda Miczorek,

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