The Regional Studies Association (RSA) invites tenders for the following forthcoming conferences:

  • 2019 Annual Conference
  • 2019 Australasia Conference
  • 2019 Central and Eastern Europe Conference
  • 2020 Annual Conference

For more than two decades the RSA has had an ongoing programme of major international events, attracting participants from academia, policymaking, and practice from all around the world. The purpose of RSA conferences is to provide a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment for RSA members and non-members from urban and regional academia, policymaking and practice to exchange latest research, development and practice insights. With our conferences, we aim to provide networking and learning opportunities and to further develop the leading and impactful community that is the RSA.

Our Annual Conference is held in European destinations and previous conferences took place in Delft/The Netherlands in 2012, Tampere/Finland in 2013, Izmir/Turkey in 2014, Piacenza/Italy in 2015, Graz/Austria in 2016 and Dublin/Ireland in 2017. The 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Lugano/Switzerland. We are now inviting proposals for the 2019 and 2020 Annual Conference.

The Australasia Conference is a relatively new conference series and events would be held in Australasia every two years. Previous Australasia conferences took place in Melbourne/Australia in 2015 and in 2017 we will have our Australasia Conference in Sydney/Australia. We are now inviting proposals for the 2019 Australasia Conference.

In 2017, we started a conference series focussing on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the first conference in the series will be held in Cluj-Napoca/Romania. A CEE conference will be held every two years and we are now inviting proposals for the 2019 Central and Eastern Europe Conference.


Detailed proposals should be emailed  by 7th September 2017 to:

Daniela Carl


tel: +44(0)1273 698 017

For more details, please download the Call for Conference Proposals below.


What do previous local RSA Conference organisers say?

A Regional Studies Association conference is a wonderful academic leadership opportunity — to bring together scholars from around the world at your home institution. It is an opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge scholarship in your field and share that policy-relevant, theoretically-rich and empirically-driven work with an interdisciplinary audience. Organizing an RSA conference is a chance to contribute to a growing community of international scholars shaping urban and regional research and policy worldwide. – Dr. Jennifer Clark, local organiser 2016 RSA North America Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

As local organizer you gain visibility on an academic level but also in your regional community, you create respect for your university/department and you get a high-level learning-by-doing experience. For the fearsome: The RSA-team is highly experienced, effective and cooperative. For the courageous: Just do it – you won’t regret. – Professor Michael Steiner, local organiser 2016 RSA Annual Conference, University of Graz, Austria.

Delighted and honoured to have worked with the Regional Studies Association on co-organising and hosting the biggest annual international conference yet. This was more than grand! Great to see RSA going from strength to strength! – Dr. Martin Sokol, local organiser 2017 RSA Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.      

It was a great pleasure for us to host the colleagues and the RSA team here in Izmir. It was an honour to work with the RSA team. Our volunteer students had a great experience and I am sure they learned a lot. Scholars and professionals working on regional development in Izmir and Turkey had a chance to meet very respected academics. I strongly recommend all interested schools/departments to collaborate with the highly experienced RSA team. – Professor Sedef Akgüngör, local organizer 2014 RSA European Conference, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey.      

Hosting the RSA 2107 Australasia Conference was a pleasure. The University of Sydney gained prestige, and the RSA provided excellent support. This was a win-win. It was a great conference and we created new networks that will last long after the conference has finished. – Professor Bill Pritchard, local organiser 2017 Australasia Conference, The University of Sydney, Australia.