Date and location

  •   November 1, 2013 - November 1, 2013
  •   The University of Manchester, Barnes Wallis Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, UK

Conference details

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In recent times regional and local development has been affected by a changing political and economic environment that has thrown into question many of the strategies pursued in recent years. Despite the challenges, the current context provides also an opportunity to revise theoretical and policy frameworks, and to continue working to improve them. The objective of this conference is to bring together a group of early career researchers, and give them a chance to identify and discuss the future lines of research and action for regional studies. Maintaining the RSA openness to a wide range of research topics, with a focus on regional and urban issues, we invite all those who share an interest in this broad area of investigation to join us in Manchester. We will accept abstracts that cover the following, and similar, areas of research:

• Innovation And Knowledge
• Financialisation And Regional Development
• New Challenges In Urban Planning
• Global Production Networks
• Evolutionary Economic Geography
• Foreign Direct Investment And Regional Development
• Climate Change And Sustainability
• Urban And Regional Governance, Politics And Territory

Please ensure that your abstract does not exceed 400 words, text only.

Target Audience:
The conference is open to all: academics; policy makers and practitioners; but particularly to early career researchers who are currently undertaking an academic degree, post-doctoral studies or are in the early years of their career.

The day will consist of both parallel workshop sessions and plenary sessions.

Plenary speakers:

  • Dr Jurgen Essletzbichler, Department of Geography, University College London, UK
  • Professor Nick Phelps, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK
  • Professor Martin Jones, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Panel Discussion on 'The Future of Regional Studies', Chaired by Professor David Bailey, Coventry University, UK


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Conference Organisers

RSA Organiser: Elizabeth Mitchell
Academic Organiser: Dr Stephen Hincks, Manchester University, UK and Dr Pedro Marques, Kiel University, Germany

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