The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is a global learned society, membership organisation and network acting as a focal point for academics in the fields of geography, economics, political science and planning and for policymakers and practitioners working in rural and urban research, development and policy.

Our methods of working are via a large, well respected publishing programme (5 journals, book series, online magazine, Blog); a global to local conference and events programme; territorial divisions and sections including China, Latin America; a research funding programme and an active knowledge exchange programme. We work globally and in partnership with organisations such as the European Commission, Committee of the Regions, United Nations, UN-Habitat, World Bank, OECD, Whitehall and Westminster.

The Association has currently members in 72 countries and has seen strong growth and global expansion over the last few years.

There is a small and international team of eight staff in the headquarters in Brighton, East Sussex and additional employees who work outside the main office either on our publication programme or in the territorial divisions (e.g. in Beijing). The RSA also has a European Foundation called RSA Europe which is based in Brussels and delivers conferences/events and other activities mainly in the EU.

As the successful candidate you will play a pivotal role in delivering on our global conference and events programme and will be working on large and small-scale events ensuring their efficiency and high standards. You will be expected to travel domestically and internationally as part of your work.

Please see the full job description Conference and Events Officer 2018 for more information.


Why work with the Regional Studies Association?

We are a lively and diverse global community with international reputation in academic research, regional development initiatives and policy. Our values are to be a leading and impactful community. Much of our success is down to our dedicated and professional staff team and as the successful candidate you will play an important role in supporting our community and by doing so, impact on the future of the Association and the field. Join us as we embark on an exciting global journey with our Development Plan.

The RSA offers a busy office with supportive colleagues, a commitment to your continuing personal and professional development in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. We have a workplace pension scheme and a bike to work scheme, a health plan and 25 days of leave plus UK bank holidays.


Your profile

Previous event planning and delivery experience is essential. You will be a highly organised team player with intercultural awareness, a customer service approach and the ability to use initiative and creativity to resolve problems. You will have high standards of numeracy and literacy and fluent and easily understood English because some of your work will be conducted by telephone and Skype.

Interested candidates may telephone to discuss the role with Deputy Chief Executive, Daniela Carl – 01273 698 017.

You should submit your CV and covering letter setting out your relevant experiences and why you are the ideal candidate including the names of two referees, one of whom should be work related and preferably your major or most recent employer.

Closing date: Midnight Thursday 6th September 2018.

Applications should be addressed to Daniela Carl, Deputy Chief Executive, Regional Studies Association,

Interviews will be held on 13th and 14th September at the office in Falmer, Brighton.