29 June 2015

The Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence 2015

Online now: The Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence 2015
Journal of Place Management and Development

Volume 7 number 3
Re-imagining the sustainability narrative in US cities
Staci M. Zavattaro
Highly commended
Volume 7 number 1
Branding Pakistan as a "Sufi" country: the role of religion in developing a nation's brand
Li Huaibin, Salman Yousaf
Javier Lloveras
Eduardo Oliveira

24 June 2015

EU Commission database of experts on European Territorial Co-operation

Very happy and honored to integrate the EU Commission database of experts on
European Territorial Co-operation.

Regional Studies Association Latin America Division

Regional Studies Association Latin America Division in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Therefore, we are pleased to offer 25% discount on the membership fee to all new members based in Latin America. This offer is valid between 24th June 2015 – 23rd June 2016.

For more details on RSA membership, please go to http://www.regionalstudies.org/membership

Call for abstracts

Dear list members,

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is pleased to let you know that we still accept abstracts for our forthcoming Student and Early Career Conference as well as our China Conference. More details on both conferences are available below.

In addition, we offer currently a 10% discount on the membership fee for anyone who joins the RSA by 12th July 2015.

Best wishes,



RSA Student & Early Career Conference 2015: From Early Careers to Established Profiles: Strategies for Success

9th -30th October, 2015, ICOSS, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Abstract Submission Deadline: 13th September 2015


The Regional Studies Association welcomes submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2015. This conference will give early career researchers the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. The conference will bring together participants to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment. Participants will receive invaluable feedback, new ideas and will learn how to strategically develop and enhance their profiles for career progression. One session will focus on academic change and the job market. Editors of the RSA journals Regional Studies, Territory Politics Governance, Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Studies, Regional Science will be present.


For more details go to:www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/early-career-conference-2015


RSA China Conference 2015:Harmonious Development, Common Prosperity and the Transformation of Cities and Regions

25th - 27th November, 2015, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st July 2015


The world in which we live is still riven by the effects of the economic crisis that started in 2007 and by a range of unresolved conflicts. The world has however started to change in many ways with in particular the economic rise and/or social progress in emerging economies. A new international architecture for political and economic cooperation is starting to take shape (not without disagreement and conflict in some cases) as new development banks are established by the BRICs and in East Asia, as the European Union expands eastwards, as regional cooperation arrangements evolve and as the United States embarks on a pivot to Asia.

These trends are underpinned by trends in comparative global regional and urban development, and are themselves changing the context in which urban and regional development occurs, posing a set of challenges to which cities and regions must respond.

The aim of this conference is to consider the ways in which (1) cities and regions throughout the world are facing up to and can adapt to these challenges, (2) cities and regions can help create an architecture and construct relationships that can contribute to the development of a world that is more harmonious (people-people and people nature) and capable of promoting common prosperity and (3) the map of economic and social development is consequently changing.

For more details go to:www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-china-2015


Membership Offer

Members of the RSA benefit from reduced conferences fees in addition to publications (hard copies and online access), research funding and awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, and discounted publications. For a limited time we offer 10% discount on the membership fee if you join between 22nd June -12th July 2015. Use code ’SummerOffer2015’ to benefit from this discount. For more details go towww.regionalstudies.org/news/article/rsa-summer-special-2015-now-even-more-reasons-to-join-the-rsa


23 June 2015

Atenção Brasil

Acesso livre durante o mês de Julho a TODAS as publicações da Taylor and Francis

Now even more reasons to join the RSA

Now even more reasons to join the RSA

2015 is a special year for the RSA as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary!
To mark the occasion, we offer members:

NEW FUNDING SCHEMES (£5,000 Membership Research Grants and £7,500 Fellowship Research Grants) in addition to the existing £10,000 Early Career Grants and £500 Travel Grants. We also increased the funding for Research Networks to £10,000.  

MORE E-JOURNALS FOR MEMBERS Members have now online access to 16 journals. This is in addition to hard copies and online access to the RSA journals: Regional Studies, Spatial Economic Analysis; Territory, Politics, Governance and Regional Studies, Regional Science.  

MORE SAVINGS ON CONFERENCE FEES we have a very diverse events’ programme this year and members can benefit from members’ rates and conference bursaries.
In addition, members can apply to the RSA Awards, benefit from the open networks and collaborations, an expert register and discounted Routledge publications.

For more details on the membership benefits, categories and territorial Bands, please go to www.regionalstudies.org/membership
For a limited time we offer 10% discount on the membership fee if you join between 22.06. -12.07.15. Use code’ SummerOffer2015’ to benefit from this discount. 

Join the RSA family now at 

19 June 2015

CIT 2015 - International Congress on Tourism: call for papers

International Congress on Tourism
3rd-5th December, 2015 
Guimarães, Portugal 

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the fourth edition of the International Congress on Tourism (CIT 2015), organized by the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) in cooperation with the Municipality of Guimarães and the Porto and North Tourism Entity (Guimarães delegation). The congress will be held on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of December 2015 under the main theme "Tourism for the 21st Century".

CIT 2015 addresses several issues related to the future of tourism in the 21st century with a "back to basics" approach to new challenges and trends. Tourism can be the "fuel" for the economy, creating new societies and contributing to a new paradigm of a democratic system of governance. In addition to its importance to the global economy and job creation, tourism can contribute to peace and intercultural communication. This “happiness industry” can contribute to the trade balance as well as environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

This forum involves the core trilateral for planning and development success in the industry, including researchers, business community, policy makers and engineers who, directly and indirectly, influence the future of this sector.
»»» Scope and topics
Paper submission is open to the academic and business communities with relevant research in tourism. Considering that the congress aims to foster shared discussion between academia and industry professionals, scientific and technical articles, posters, and case studies are welcome. The recommended topics (but not limited to) include: 

  1. Cultural Tourism and Heritage
  2. Economy and Tourism Management
  3. Entrepreneurship in Tourism
  4. Euro Cities and Tourism
  5. Experiences of Tourism
  6. Hotel Management
  7. Green cities and tourism
  8. Land and Tourism Development
  9. Marketing and Consumer Behavior in Tourism
 10. Smart Cities
 11. Technology and Innovation in Tourism
 12. Tourism and Food and Wine
 13. Tourism, Mobility, and Transport
 14. Tourism and sustainability
»»» Typology of submissions

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of no more than 300 words, by no later than July 25. After evaluation, authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to prepare the full paper for submission until September 30. The acceptance of an abstract does not mean the acceptance of the full paper. 
Abstract submission is advisable but not mandatory.
Papers must be original and not under review for any other outlet. All submitted full papers will be subject of a double blind review by at least two members of the scientific committee. 
Submissions should preferably be written in English, although Portuguese and Spanish can also be considered. 

»»» Submission process
To submit an abstract for the IV International Congress on Tourism ESG/IPCA, you must send the abstract file (Word format) to cit2015@ipca.pt. For further information, please consult http://www.ipca.pt/cit2015

»»» Publication opportunities
All papers will be subject of a double-blind review. Authors of selected papers will be invited to extend and adapt the paper for publication in a special issue of the journal Tékhne: Review of Applied Management Studies, in the first semester of 2016 (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/tekhne-review-of-applied-management-studies/).

»»» Important dates
Abstract submission deadline (300 words) | 25th of July 2015
Acceptance notification (abstract)| 31th of July 2015
Full paper submission deadline| 30th of September 2015
Acceptance notification (full paper) | 20th of October 2015
Registration and payment for authors| 10th of November 2015
Registration and payment for general public| 20th of November 2015
Congress | 3-5 of December 2015

»»» Venue
The congress will take place in the city of Guimarães (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a city with tourism potential and heritage references at the regional, national, and international levels. The venue for this event is the Centro Cultural Vila Flor, in the Vila Flor Palace, an 18th century building and national cultural icon located in the historic center of Guimarães. The combination of the history and surroundings of the Centro Cultural Vila Flor, in addition to the magnificent gardens and wonderful architecture, and the social events offered in parallel to the congress, create a perfect setting for the debate on tourism and the paradigms for its future. The Vila Flor Palace is reflective of this city where culture is open to all audiences.

»»» Organization
 - School of Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave 
 - City Council of Guimarães
 - Porto and North Tourism Entity (Guimarães delegation)

»»» Sponsors
The Caixa Geral de Depósitos is the official sponsor of this International Congress on Tourism. »

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17 June 2015

The United States gains a leading position in Bloom Consulting’s Country Brand Ranking

For the fourth consecutive year, the United States of America tops Bloom Consulting’s Country Brand Ranking © 2014-2015 Trade Edition. Global challengers include Asian nations, such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore, alongside well-established European powerhouses, the United Kingdom and France. China (2nd) successfully maintained last year's position, however an honorable mention must go to Singapore (5th), whom climbed a notable 4 places in the ranking. Australia (8th) also witnessed significant improvements and with an increase of 3 positions now finds itself within the global TOP 10. The United Kingdom defended its spot as 3rd in the ranking, whilst Brazil (7th) achieved the most respectable position of the South American nations. This year’s research also showed that the global TOP 25 is largely dominated by European countries (10), along with several Asian nations (8).

Although most countries within the TOP 10 saw an improvement in positions, France and Canada both fell in the ranking as a result of decreases in net FDI inflow. Germany experienced the sharpest decline and dropped out of the global TOP 10.

Please see http://bloom-consulting.com/pdf/rankings/Bloom_Consulting_Country_Brand_Ranking_Trade.pdf for a full version of the ranking and a guide to our methodology.

For more information you can also visit our company website: http://www.bloom-consulting.com

15 June 2015


Constructing regional advantage in branding the cross-border Euroregion Galicia–northern Portugal


2 June 2015

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Free access to articles Regional Studies Association Journals

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Regional Studies Association Journals: Australia and New Zealand Collection
The collection features papers which explore the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference  theme ‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia’ and highlights recent regional studies and regional science research on both Australia and New Zealand. The collection is available at http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/rsa-australasia

Enjoy this collection for FREE until the end of September 2015. 

Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference
‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia:
Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century’

31st August – 2nd September 2015, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Call for Papers deadline 8th June 2015

Cities and regions in Australia and New Zealand have experienced more than 30 years of social and demographic dynamism as a consequence of micro economic reform, greater engagement with the global networks of production, new patterns of migration, rising national prosperity and the shift towards a service based economy. In many respects, the antipodean nations have led the world in the process of economic liberalisation, stripping away regulations to move from being some of the most protected economies in the OECD in the 1960s to amongst the most open economies in the 21st Century. For some regions, cities and towns change has resulted in growth, while for others the last three decades have been marked by fluctuating fortunes and even decline. Public sector reform at the national, provincial/state and local levels have contributed to these processes of change, calling into question both previous paradigms and policy settings. These changes have had immense impacts for academics and other researchers involved in the study of regions, resulting in the development of new theoretical positions and the need to engage with a much broader set of intellectual arguments. This, the first Regional Studies Association, event in Australasia seeks to contribute to the growth in academic dialogue at the local and global scales.

Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia seeks contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional analysis, especially those focused on Australasia. Themes will include:

Regions at the end of the mining boom
Ecological sustainability
Governance and the regions
Climate change & the future of regional systems
The institutional determinants of growth & development
Smart specialisation
Population processes in the regions
Regions and the global financial crisis
First nations – Maori & Indigenous Australians & the regions
City regions in Australasia and other  parts of the globe
Housing, social services & infrastructure
Achieving local economic growth
Measuring wellbeing, happiness & progress at the regional scale

One aspect of these themes that could be considered and will be welcomed is the ‘cultural’ dimension of change, as reflected in emerging approaches to addressing change by local governments across the world.

Nanaia Mahuta, MP Hauraki-Waikato, Spokesperson for Maori Development, New Zealand
Professor Henry Wai-Chung Yeung, Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Kevin Morgan, School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University

Professor Mick Dunford, University of Sussex, UK
Attendance Fee
The fee to attend is £350.00 ($690.00)

A reduced fee is available for students and early career researchers £285.00 ($563.00). Please note that there is only a limited number of reduced fee places available.

Submission of papers
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 400-500 word abstract (text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) through the Regional Studies Association online portal by 8thJune 2015. Registration and submission is open now available on the Regional Studies Association website:

Please note that this conference has limited places, and successful candidates will be notified within two weeks of the closing date. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.

Conference organisation
Professor Andrew Beer, the University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Peter Fairbrother, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

RSA Organiser:
Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org for further details and questions regarding abstract submission and the conference.

Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

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