We are very pleased to announce the new RSA Research Network Grant holders for the 2023 round. Congratulations to Pablo Galaso and Sergio Palomeque of the University of the Republic, Uruguay, and Andrea Belmartino of the Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy. The new Regional Studies Association Research Network is on Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Development in South America (KIRDSA). Read below to find out more about their project.
The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Development in South America (KIRDSA)
This research network aims to promote research on regional development in South America, focused on knowledge flows and innovation capabilities. Knowledge capabilities are unevenly distributed within national and subnational territories in South America, a region characterized by a peripheral but significant role in the global production of knowledge. These countries have a rich background of research in this field, associated with urban development, production agglomerations, emigration fluxes, and the role of universities, among others. It is highly relevant to articulate research activities aiming to advance our understanding of the regional development processes which promote knowledge creation and improve access to global knowledge flows. This network aims to contribute to facing these challenges by producing relevant evidence and discussing it with policymakers.
“We are very grateful to the RSA Board for giving us the opportunity to organize the research network “Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Development in South America” (KIRDSA). The network will promote research on regional development in South America, by integrating scholars from the region between them, as well with the broad RSA community. In addition, we expect that this space will also act as a bridge between academia, policy makers and society.”
RSA Research Networks are formed by RSA members interested in collaborating to examine an issue that responds to the aims and goals of the Association, and which is of interest and concern to both members and non-members. These issues need not necessarily to have a direct policy focus, but the examination would normally lead to policy-related conclusions.
The Research Network must be organised and managed by RSA members, with all organisers remaining members of the Association throughout the entire duration of the Research Network. A Research Network is made up of individuals from different countries, although they can be from any membership category. The full Terms and Conditions governing this grant are available in the Research Network Handbook.
The maximum funding for Research Network is:
- £10,000 (c. $13,300; c. €11,800) for newly established networks;
- £7,500 (c. $10,000; c. €8,900) for renewing networks.