A ‘Great Regional Awakening’ is underway. There is a growing realisation that regional inequalities have both contributed to, and amplified, the ‘Great Recession’ that shook advanced and emerging economies alike. It is also becoming apparent that the crisis has been having very different impacts spatially. This will only help to further exacerbate uneven economic development, fuelling more trouble down the line. In Europe, major economic fault-lines are re-emerging between and within national economies; between the core and the periphery; between urban and rural areas; between city-regions and within cities themselves. This pattern is replicated elsewhere - in advanced, emerging and developing world. There is an urgent need to re-examine all aspects of local and regional development and how it relates to national and international economic dynamics; and to social, political, cultural, technological and environmental processes. Having spent over 50 years advocating more balanced regional development, the Regional Studies Association is now spearheading a major effort to address these pressing issues in such challenging times.
We are thus calling upon regional studies experts, spatial scientists, economists, business studies scholars, political scientists, local development specialists, urban geographers, spatial planners, transport experts, development studies scholars, environmentalists, sociologists, economic geographers, financial geographers, academics, researchers and practitioners alike, to join us to be part of ‘New Directions’ in regional studies!
|A. Community, Local & Regional Development||B. Governance, Institutions & Civil Society|
|C. Financial Crisis, Resilience, Recession & Austerity||D. Financial Geographies, FDI & Globalisation|
|E. Entrepreneurship, Investment, Start-ups & Spin-offs||F. Global Value Chains & Production Networks|
|G. Agglomeration, Clusters & Externalities||H. Networks, Knowledge Spaces & Evolutionary Trajectories|
|I. Innovation, Technological Change & Economic Growth||J. Smart Cities, Smart Specialisation & Cohesion|
|K. Inequality, Social Justice, Crime & Pollution||L. Urban & Regional Theory, Methodology & Data|
|M. Planning: Theory & Practice & the Pace/Space Nexus||N. Environment, Landscape, Sustainability & Climate Change|
|O. Housing, Infrastructure, Energy & Security||P. Labour Markets, Health, Wellbeing & Quality of Life|
|Q. Megaregions, Trade, Commerce & Economic & Industrial Policy||R. Mobility, Migration, Demographics & Rural Development|
|S. Developing Area Studies & the Global South||T. Geopolitics, Territorial Power, Federalism|
|U. Tourism, Events & Temporary Clusters of Interaction|
We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.