We are delighted to be able to announce this year’s RSA journals Best Paper and Best Referee awards for journal issues published in 2018. Our awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the research and editorial fields of regional studies, crossing thematic and disciplinary fields. We would like to congratulate to all our winners and look forward to celebrating their awards at our Annual Awards Ceremony to be held at the Annual President’s Event in November.

Below you will find the winners for the Best Referee and Best Paper from each of our journals.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has published with us, along with all our referees and our journal editors. Our journals would not exist without author submissions, editors and referees.  It is the hard work by many that ensures our publications continue to be global leaders in regional studies.

Best Referee 

Regional Studies

SILVIA ROCHETTA, UCD Dublin, Ireland

JUAN CARLOS LEIVA, Costa Rica Institute of Technology, Costa Rica

JAMES WILSON, Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain

Best Paper 

Regional Studies

Proximity, knowledge base and the innovation process: towards an integrated framework

MILA DAVIDS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

KOEN FRENKEN, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Best Referee 

Spatial Economic Analysis

HARRY KELEJIAN, University of Maryland, USA
Best Paper 

Spatial Economic Analysis

Measuring regional inequality: to weight or not to weight? 

KONSTANTIN GLUSCHENKO, Novosibirsk State University, Russia

Refugees - 2019 TPG Cover Best Referee 

Territory, Politics, Governance

MIA BENNETT, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Best Paper 

Territory, Politics, Governance

Territories in contestation: relational power in Latin America

NICK CLARE, University of Nottingham, UK

VICTORIA HABERMEHL, University of Sheffield, UK

LIZ MASON-DEESE, University of Mary Washington, USA

Best Referee

Regional Studies, Regional Science

BRIAN WEBB, Cardiff University, UK
Best Paper 

Regional Studies, Regional Science

Students’ consumption expenditures in economic impact studies: assumptions revisited in an input–output approach for Scotland

KRISTINN HERMANNSSON, University of Glasgow

PETER MCGREGOR, University of Strathclyde, UK

KIM SWALES, University of Strathclyde, UK

Best Referee

Area Development and Policy

SU XIAOBO, University of Oregon, USA

YANGMI KOO, Seoul National University, South Korea

Best Paper 

Area Development and Policy

Patronage and politics in a South African city: a case study of Nelson Mandela Bay

CRISPIAN OLVER, Public Affairs Research Institute, South Africa