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Place-Based Policy Making

Place-based Policy Expo: Enhancing Relevance, Sharpening Our Understanding

This research is led by:

  • Andrew Beer, University of South Australia
  • Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University
  • Sarah Ayres, University of Bristol, UK
  • Jiri Blazek, Charles University, Prague
  • Fiona McKenzie, RMIT University

The Regional Studies Association has commissioned a Policy Expo to look at place-based policy and its implementation around the globe. This Policy Expo considers the contribution place based policy making offers to the productivity and wellbeing of national, regional and local economies.  It acknowledges the growth of place-based policy approaches has the potential to make a significant contribution to communities across a number of policy domains, including the promotion of innovation, the development of local leadership capacities, and in managing significant economic transitions.  This Expo draws upon the academic literature and policy experience globally to identify the determinants of success in the development and implementation of place-based policies, and identify new opportunities for their application.  It considers how policy makers can better leverage this suite of policy instruments to achieve better outcomes across diverse spatial scales.

As an initiative of the Association, every opportunity is being taken to hear the views of RSA members and from policy makers. In March 2019 there was a call for suggestions around case studies the project team should examine, and in June 2019 there will be an opportunity for attendees at the Annual Conference in Santiago De Compostela to give their input in person at a series of focus groups we are organising.

Read more about this research here: https://blog.regionalstudies.org/place-based-policy-expo-enhancing-relevance-sharpening-our-understanding/

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