2020 RSA Annual Conference Special Sessions
As part of the 2020 RSA Annual Conference, we welcome proposals for Special Sessions. Special Sessions are a great way to bring together presenters to discuss and highlight a particular topic and to develop or further extend your network. Please submit your abstract (up to 250 words and text only) for one of the special sessions below through the RSA conference portal.
Session organisers: Tomas Hanell (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Daniel Rauhut (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
There is an emerging scientific interest in the connection between well-being (WB) or quality of life (QoL) on the one hand, and place on the other. Within regional science, this interest originates from lacking evidence on spatial variations in WB or QoL and the determinants for these, combined with the implications that this knowledge gap has for practical regional or planning policy justification, formulation and evaluation. Additionally, non-geographic disciplines examining different dimensions of well-being and quality of life (such as psychology, sociology or economics) have acknowledged that adding a spatial dimension to the subject would substantially enrich the existing pool of knowledge. Furthermore, there is an embryonic body of evidence pointing in the direction that differing combinations of inequity (e.g. intra-regional, and/or intra-personal) within WB or QoL would also act as a substantial determinant for aggregated regional differences within the same. Moreover, such mechanisms appear to be sensitive to contextual differences at a multitude of spatial scales, which further justifies adding a geographic element to the topic. Finally, the emergence of new data sources for subjective content information on WB or QoL certainly also act as an impetus for further investigation.
Thematically, this Special Session covers a wide range of issues. Suitable themes may include different forms of conceptualisations of WB or QoL and how these are practically operationalised at differing spatial scales and contexts, how objective and subjective content indicators intertwine in a spatial setting, or what kinds of implications issues related to WB or QoL may have in terms of strategic planning or regional development policy.
As we are dealing with a truly interdisciplinary scientific field, we foresee contributions not restricted to traditional human geography alone, but also look forward to input from related fields like e.g. sociology, political science, economics or health sciences. We welcome quantitative and qualitative empirical analyses equally as we do theoretical contributions to the topic. Through such an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological dialogue, we hope to enhance our understanding of how local, regional and urban development or policy can be depicted or analysed through different conceptualisations of well-being or quality of life.
Session organisers: Tasos Kitsos (City-REDI, University of Birmingham, UK) and Simone Maria Grabner (GSSI, Italy)
The global financial crisis that gave rise to the concept of economic resilience is now statistical history. With most advanced economies out of the recession for several years, it would be expected for the term to become dormant. Yet, socio-political and economic uncertainty make resilience more relevant than ever.
Empirical research is still uncovering factors that can assist places to avoid or overcome a shock whilst theoretical contributions propose more holistic frameworks to understand resilience as an evolutionary process. As shocks diffuse easily through our highly interconnected economies, building resilience is a crucial development strategy for any region. However, at the policy level, there is still a lack of growth initiatives that embed resilience as a core feature.
This session aims to bring together research on the latest theoretical and empirical research in order to better understand the formulation of policy at the subnational level. It invites contributions that focus on the broad themes:
– Theoretical advancements on economic resilience
– Qualitative and quantitative Empirical evidence of resilience determinants
– The relationship of resilience to socio-economic inclusivity
– What can policy do to improve local economic resilience