The Chair of the West Midlands Branch, Jun Du is Professor of Economics and Director of Lloyds Banking Centre for Business Prosperity at Aston Business School, Aston University.
“During the period that I was appointed as an Associate Editor for the RSA journal Regional Studies between 2012-2018, I became aware of and deeply impressed by the unapparelled role RSA plays in bringing people and ideas together in a dynamic learned society and providing invaluable contributions to a wide range of public debates on social, economic, political and environmental issues of regions.
I personally feel that more researchers could benefit from being part of RSA community, and yet they might not have heard or understood what RSA is about. So I would like to grow RSA in the WM region. A growing and active community undoubtedly will have a strong voice collectively and benefit from knowledge sharing and spillovers.
As an academic deeply engaged in economic research with policy relevance in the UK nationally and the West Midlands specifically, I am keen on promoting information-sharing and networking to stimulate research and collaboration on impactful research that would benefit the region. We are currently facing a tricky time in the UK with complicated economic and social issues that require the kind of research RSA community committed to. Not only more research is needed to answer the relevant and urgent questions, but also the research outcomes need to be heard by policy makers and stakeholders. There is a bigger role RSA can play in connecting the dots and the Chair of the region should contribute along the line of achieving these goals.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss regional studies in the West Midlands area. ”
Please note: The West Midlands Branch is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.