22 May 2014

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Date and location

  •  15th June, 2014 - 18th June, 2014
  •  Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Business, Izmir, Turkey

Conference organisers

RSA Organiser:
Elizabeth Mitchell: elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org
Academic Organiser:
Sedef Akgungor: sedef.akgungor@deu.edu.tr
Pedro Marques: marques@geographie.uni-kiel.de

Conference details

Deadline extended until Sunday 6th AprilRegister Here (abstracts should be no more than 800 words, text only, click here for further information). 
Diversity within regions is often considered one way to achieve sustainability and stability in economic growth and development.  As a region’s social and economic structure becomes more diverse, it becomes less sensitive to external shocks. Variety in economic activities as well as divergent local cultures within the region is a source of regional strength and resilience. The concept of resilience has often been used in regional development to define robustness, strength, flexibility and the ability to respond to external shocks. Building resilient regions is seen as particularly important in the wake of the global economic crisis as a new source of economic growth. This objective is emphasized both by the OECD’s agenda for stronger, cleaner and fairer economies and by EU2020’s call for smart, inclusive, sustainable economies.  The objectives in both agendas are complementary. 
The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on ‘Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories’ presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.
Contributions are invited which fit with the following themes, to collectively explore and discuss these key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.  Abstracts should not exceed 800 words, and should be in text format only, no tables, graphics or graphs. Please click here for abstract submission guidelines.
Plenary Session 1: Regional Studies vs. Today's Challenges - Monday 16th June 2014
Professor Ron Boschma, CIRCLE at Lund University, Sweden
Professor Betsy Donald, Queens University, Canada

Plenary Session 2: Title to be confirmed - Tuesday 17th June 2014
Nahit Bingöl, Director General, Ministry for Development, Turkey
Professor Rob Kitchin, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Ronnie Hall, EU Commission, Belgium
Plenary Session 3: Culture, Creativity and Technology - Wednesday 18th June 2014
Professor Philip Cooke, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark
Professor Yeşim Rabia Kuştepeli, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey  

Conference fees - Please ensure you are a paid up 2014 member of the Regional Studies Association if ou intend to register at the members' rate. Please click here to see which country band you belong to.