The 2018  RSA Global Conference China will be held in Peking University, Beijing, between Friday 29th June and Sunday 1st July 2018.

The aim of this conference is to consider how to better conceptualize and empirically explore the development of (and between) cities and regions in the context of a new round of restructuring in the world economy, triggered by the 2007/8 global economic crisis. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field.

The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.

Confirmed plenary speakers (more to follow):
Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Reconsidering Smart Specialization Policy)
Vanesa Castan Broto, University of Sheffield, UK (title to be confirmed)
David Rigby, UCLA, USA (Geographies of Creative Destruction)
Robert Hassink, Kiel University, Germany (The Restructuring of Old Industrial Areas in East Asia)
Fulong Wu, University College London, UK (title to be confirmed)

Special Sessions:
Creative Industry Clusters in Asia
Exploring the Restructuring of Mature Industry Clusters in East Asia

We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice.  There is a non-exhaustive list of possible areas for contributions here, although participants may suggest additional topics (provided that the research has regional/urban policy or spatial strategic planning implications).

The deadlines for submissions are fast approaching:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 28th February 2018
  • Special Session proposal deadline: 14th February 2018



Submission Details
Please submit your abstract (250 – 500 word abstracts) through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 28th February 2017.

Please click here to see the Call for Papers, to read more about the conference please click here.

If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference or if you have any questions, please contact Lesa Reynolds at

Academic Organiser: Professor Canfei He, Peking University, China