Welcome message from the RSA Ambassador to Norway Marte C Solheim
Dear esteemed enthusiasts of regional studies,
Its my great pleasure to introduce myself as the RSA Ambassador to Norway.
Below you will find a short introduction in Norwegian, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to get involved.
Mitt namn er Marte C.W. Solheim, og som RSA- ambassadør i Noreg, er eg glad for å ynskje deg velkomen til denne sida og invitere deg til å bli involvert i denne organisasjonen.
RSA arrangerer fleire spennande arrangement, til dømes ein større årleg konferanse som tiltrekker seg nokre hundre deltakarar som møtast for å presentere artiklar innanfor regionale studier. Dette er ein fin arena for å presentere eige arbeid, høyre på kva som rører seg innan fagfeltet, møte kjende samt knyte nye kontaktar. RSA står også bak ei rekke tidskrift, deriblant ‘Regional Studies’ som fylgjer med medlemskapet. Du kan lese meir om medlemskap og fordelane her.
Mine forskingsområde fokuserer særleg på forholdet mellom mangfald og innovasjon i verksemder, og korleis verksemdene sine omgjevnadar formar og påverkar både mangfald og innovasjon. Eg dreg nytte av lærdommar frå innovasjonsstudier, organisasjonsteori og økonomisk geografi. Eg er medlem i Akademiet for Yngre Forskere, og du kan lese min forskarprofil her eller sjå mi heimeside ved Universitetet i Stavanger her.
Ikkje nøl med å kontakte meg dersom du har spørsmål, eller ynskjer å bli involvert.
Marte C W Solheim, Associate Professor
Head of the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School
Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research,
Personal website: www.uis.no/solheim
2023 RSA Annual Conference Special Sessions – Call for Papers
2023 RSA Annual Conference “Transforming Regions: Policies and Planning for People and Places” – Ljubljana, Slovenia – 14 June 2023
The Regional Studies Association’s Annual Conference 2023 #RSA23 will be our largest knowledge exchange and networking gathering in 2023. It is being held in partnership with the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. This four-day conference brings together academics and policymakers to exchange news, views and research findings from the fields of regional studies and science, regional and economic development, policy and planning. There will be representation from around 50 different global territories as we gather both established experts and early career researchers in the beautiful city of Ljubljana.
As part of the 2023 RSA Annual Conference, there will be a number of Special Sessions running throughout the academic programme. The RSA Ambassador to Norway, Marte C Solheim, is one of the organisers of SS33: Regional Industrial Path Development and Restructuring – Assets, Agency, and Policy
Economic downturns, climate change, political instabilities, and other global challenges are placing major transformative pressures on regions, which need to continuously adapt their structures and functions to remain competitive. Regional industrial restructuring has become a central concern among researchers and policy makers interested in regional development. Regional industrial restructuring is typically seen as a process by which local companies diversify into new fields, relying on a new combination of skills, knowledge and other assets accumulated in the past. While early theories have mostly considered firms and their knowledge assets, a lively academic debate has recently emerged around various drivers and mechanisms for new path development, including policy, change agency, public and private demand, institutional and innovative entrepreneurship, local and non-local knowledge linkages, and other types of firm- and system-level assets. The purpose of this special session is to advance our understanding of economic, social, and environmental transformation of regions, by focussing on assets, agency, and policy. We are interested in drivers, hinders, processes and mechanisms for regional industrial restructuring and new path development. We welcome theoretical contribution as well as empirical studies, especially, but not exclusively, from the Nordic territory.
The special session has three main objectives:
(1) to advance existing theories on regional industrial path development, with a particular focus on assets, agency, and policy,
(2) to introduce new methodological approaches to analyse and understand regional path development and structural change, and
(3) to provide empirical evidence on drivers, hinders, processes and mechanisms for regional industrial restructuring in different geographical settings.
This is an open session organised by Nordic Division of the RSA (NoRSA).
Roman Martin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Laura James, Aalborg University, Denmark
Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University, Finland
Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim, University of Stavanger, Norway
Martin Henning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Please submit your abstract via the conference portal and indicate that you are joining the Special
Session SS33. The abstract submission deadline is 28th February 2023.
Click here for more information on this call: RSA Annual Conference 2023 – NoRSA Special Session CfP
Click here for more information on the 2023 RSA Annual Conference “Transforming Regions: Policies and Planning for People and Places” Ljubljana, Slovenia
14 June 2023.