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Conference & Partnership Announcement:
We are pleased to announce the collaboration between the Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI), the RMIT European Union Centre of Excellence and the Regional Studies Association as part of the following conference:
Global crises and Regional Futures
26-28 NOVEMBER 2023 , RMIT Melbourne, Australia
In a global environment marked by ‘polycrisis’, in which the very future of the planet is at risk, this conference will provide an opportunity for regional studies and science scholars to share research insights into the implications of these crises for regions in different parts of the world. How are regional authorities seeking to address crisis? Are some regions proving more resilient than others? How can divergent trajectories in the context of climate, economic, security and polarisation crises be explained?
This conference, convened jointly by ANZRSAI and the Regional Studies Association, will bring together researchers from Asia, Europe, Australasia and beyond to examine these and related questions. The event will be hosted by the European Union Centre at RMIT on 26-28 November 2023. It will be an in-person conference, although opportunities for on-line presentation and streaming will be available.
If your work addresses the implications of global crises for regional futures, please join us for our 46th ANZRSAI Annual Conference and the fourth RSA conference in Australasia at RMIT, Melbourne. Proposals for contributed papers, for themed panels, or for special sessions, will be welcomed on any topic related to regional futures.
For those who can attend in person, the venue is the City Campus of RMIT on Swanston Street in the heart of the City of Melbourne. More information on the conference and other relevant material will be available from the EU Centre of Excellence, RSA and ANZRSAI websites at:
For more details on the conference please go to: https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/2023-australasia/
Invitation from the ANZRSAI and RSA Leaders
Our two regional studies organisations, the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and ANZRSAI, are delighted to be able to jointly host a conference bringing together regional researchers globally. After the difficulties of meeting in person since the pandemic, this conference is an opportunity to meet and share ideas with colleagues from Asia, Australasia, Europe and beyond.
Regions are experiencing the consequences of multiple global crises. This conference encourages researchers to contribute to mapping the implications of these crises for regional futures, exploring issues that are common to many but also recognising diverse patterns and challenges. We encourage the participation of those working at the front-line of these challenges, including policy makers and people involved in delivering regional programmes.
We are delighted that the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT will host the conference in Melbourne, with a venue at the heart of this cosmopolitan and vibrant city. We are confident this conference will have a wide appeal for those working in regional studies and science and for related policy makers.
We, along with Professor Bruce Wilson, the conference’s local organiser, also thank BCARR – the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research – in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, for their financial support as the Conference’s chief sponsor. This is a significant contribution to regional studies and science in Australia. In particular we thank Karen Malam and Lucy Williams for their ongoing support of the ANZRAI annual conference.
Among other publication opportunities, participants are welcome to submit papers presented at the conference to the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies or to any of the RSA’s six journals – Regional Studies; Spatial Economic Analysis; Territory, Politics, Governance; Regional Studies, Regional Science; Area Development and Policy and finally the new start journal Finance & Space.
We hope that both the conference programme and its location will be an irresistible temptation to join us in November 2023.
Delwar Akbar, ANZRSAI President, 2023
Sally Hardy Regional Studies Association CEO
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