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2019 RSA CEE Conference Special Sessions

As part of the 2019 Central and Eastern Europe Conference, we welcome proposals for Special Sessions. Special Sessions are a great way to bring together presenters to discuss and highlight a particular topic and to develop or further extend your network.

1. Session Title: Territory, Politics, Governance in the Western Balkans Region

Session organiser(s): The Western Balkans Network on Territorial Governance (TG-WeB)

Rudina Toto, POLIS University and Co-PLAN, Albania; Giancarlo Cotella, DIST Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Marjan Nikolov, Center for Economic Analyses, Macedonia; Besnik Aliaj, POLIS University, Albania; Erblin Berisha, DIST Politecnico di Torino; Peter Nientied, IHS, the Netherlands.

The aim of this special session is to generate knowledge on territorial development, governance and politics in the Western Balkans, and facilitate exchange among EU and Western Balkans researchers, in order to contribute to filling the gap of Western Balkans place-based evidence and perspectives in relation to a combined ‘EU – Western Balkans’ territorial development. Aligning EU and Western Balkans perspectives is a necessary step towards the mutual preparation of both parties for the much-expected integration. From a theoretical perspective, the contributions and debates during this special session intend to provide input to a comprehensive territorial, multi-level, and polycentric governance discourse, by bringing in perspectives from a macro-region that is insufficiently studied with regards to its territorial politics and governance. On a policy-making level, the contributions of the participating scholars and professionals should feed recommendations, or draw attention to how the Western Balkans’ integration path could be tailored, taking into account the Western Balkans territorial and socio-economic diversities.

Full Special Session call is available here.


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