The Chair of the RSA Ireland Section is Justin Doran, Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Cork University Business School, University College Cork
“The Regional Studies Irish Section (RSAIR) was officially open in 1974 to provide a forum to discuss regional issues in Ireland.
The conferences and workshops hosted by the Irish Section continue to attract policy makers and academics whose interests are in the area of regional studies and in the coming years we will continue to contribute to discussions on regional policies in Ireland.
I would encourage those who are not already members of the RSA to join and to contribute and attend the events of the Irish Section.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss regional studies in Ireland.”
Aims of this section
- To stimulate regional awareness, and to assess and advise on regional issues and policies affecting the public and private sectors and local communities.
- To facilitate contact and exchange of ideas between practitioners and researchers in the field of regional development and policy.
- To strengthen the ongoing and dynamic process of spatial planning in order to promote an integrated approach to urban and rural, regional and local development.
- To support regional policies that seek to achieve balanced regional development leading to innovative approaches to the optimum utilisation of the social and natural resource potential of each region, and a reduction in the disparities within and between regions.
- To advocate strategies for regional development that are complementary to policies for sustainable development, with full regard to quality of life, social cohesion, and conservation of the environment and the natural heritage.
- To support proposals for the effective implementation of regional development strategies through participative governance structures organised at local, regional and national levels that can facilitate integration of multi-annual programmes.
Please note: The Ireland Section is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.
RSA-Irish Section Annual Conference
Thursday 8 September 2022, 11.00-16.05
11.00-12.15 Session1 – Rural Regeneration
Karen Keaveney (UCD) – It’s not just about ‘one-off houses’: understanding spatial nuance in Irish rural housing
Niamh Moore (UCD) – Exploring place-based opportunities for just transitions
Mary O Shaughnessy (UCC) – Rurality as context for innovative responses to social challenges – The role of rural social enterprise
13:15-14:30 Session 2 – Keynote Address and Tribute
Keynote by Prof Ron Martin (University of Cambridge) – What Price a Global Financial Centre? How London Distorts the UK’s Economic Geography and Challenges Levelling UpNiall Cussen (Office of the Planning Regulator) – Tribute to Jim Walsh, former chair of the Regional Studies Association
14:50-16:05 Session 3 – Regional Assemblies and RSES: taking stock
David Minton (Director NWRA) – In pursuit of regional coherence: Progress towards effective regional development
David Kelly (Director SRA) – Title to be confirmed
Jim Conway (Director EMRA) Title to be confirmed
More details available here.
RSA-Irish Section RSA-Irish Section Workshop – Rural Regeneration 21 April 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022, 14.00-16.00
MUSSI Seminar Room, Second Floor Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University
Josh O’Driscoll, Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre, UCC
Karen Keaveney, Assistant Professor of Rural Development, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.
David Meredith, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc
Rural Regeneration – Provisional Program
14.00 -14.10 Chris van Egeraat, Maynooth University and MUSSI – Welcome address
14.10 -14.40 Josh O’Driscoll (UCC) – The spatiotemporal dimension of population change in Ireland’s Electoral Division (1986-2016)
14.40-15:10 Dr. Karen Keaveney (UCD) – It’s not just about ‘one-off houses’: understanding spatial nuance in Irish rural housing
15:10-15:40 Dr. David Meredith (Teagasc) – ‘The technology is the easy part, it’s the societal expectations that present the big challenges.’ Envisioning transitions to sustainable farming and rural communities in Ireland.
More details available here.
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