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Date and location

  •   November 2, 2017 - November 3, 2017
  •   Newcastle University

Conference details

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The Regional Studies Association welcomes submissions of abstracts to our annual Student and Early Career conference to be held in Newcastle, UK, in November 2017. This conference aims to provide PhD students and early career researchers opportunities to present their work, receive feedback, network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields.

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 the learning and lessons on charting a career path in the context of changes in the academic landscape and labour market in institutional and funding terms.

This conference will be held as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Centre for Urban Regional Development Studies (CURDS). CURDS, has been at the forefront of international academically rigorous and policy relevant research in urban and regional change, development and policy since 1977 and has trained a number of leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field. The RSA is very pleased to be working with CURDS for many years and to celebrate its many achievements in 2017. 

Editors of the RSA journals will be present.

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
Climate change, sustainability transitions and regional development
Education and skills
Employment, welfare and labour markets
Finance and development in cities and regions
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 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

Conference Format
The conference will begin and end with plenary lectures. In between, parallel workshop tracks will be held at the Newcastle University 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.

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.

Abstract Submission
Please submit offers of papers in the form of 200 word abstracts through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 18th September 2017. 
Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee 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) £90
Non-Member Early Career (includes 1 year RSA membership) £128
Non-Member Individual (includes 1 year RSA membership) £216

2017 Student and Early Career Conference Walking Tour

Thursday 2nd November 2017, 10:00-11:30, Meeting place TBC

Explore Newcastle upon Tyne, one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. From Stephenson’s Rocket to Electric Vehicles: a tour of pivotal moments in urban change that have shaped Newcastle over the last 200 years.

This tour will be led by one of the UK's leading authorities on place and policy, urban planning, urban geography, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places: Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Director of Newcastle City Futures and Chair of Town Planning, Newcastle University.

Sign up early as places are limited!

“The conferences were so well-organised and packed with talented young and experienced scholars. I was able to easily make contacts with them and everyone was so willing to share and talk about their research. I presented at both conferences (Winter and EC) and received very constructive comments. Moreover, some special sessions such as ‘Meet the Editors’ at the EC conference was particularly insightful and I was able to receive very detailed and helpful information regarding publications, which was more than I expected!  Thank you again for making the conference so worthwhile.” Shasha Zhao, Middlesex University, UK- delegate 2016 Student and ECR conference 

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Conference Organisers

Academic organiser: Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), United Kingdom

RSA organiser: Wanda Miczorek

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