RSA Annual Conference Graz 2016 - plenary speakers announced

Call for Papers
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2016
Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World‘
3rd - 6th April 2016, Karl-Franzen- University, Graz, Austria
Plenary Speakers announced

Throughout history, cities and regions have been cornerstones of economic, social and cultural institution building and centres of communication and trade across borders of empires and nations. In a globalised world dominated by multi-level governance and declining economic and political significance of the nation-state, cities and regions are becoming ever more so important in building bridges across nations, supra-national unions, and even continents.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Prof. Iain Begg
, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Prof. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings
, Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Dr. Andrea Mairate
, Directorate for Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions and North-West Europe, European Commission, Belgium
Prof. Philip McCann
, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Prof. Jenny Phillimore
, University of Birmingham, UK
Dr. Martin Kahanec
, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
Mag. Dr. Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell
, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Austria
Prof. Dr. Ewald Engelen
, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Please click here to find out more about the Plenary Speakers.
Special Sessions Proposals
Please click
here to view submitted Special Sessions.
Besides paper presentations we also welcome Special Sessions. A Special Session could be a themed workshop or innovative forms of networking and collaboration. We are open to your ideas and happy to discuss these with you.
For more information please click
here or contact Wanda Miczorek at
General Call for Papers
We welcome papers that address any of the following conference themes:

Austerity (Risk and Resilience)

Socio-Spatial inequalities, Aging, Knowledge Exchange,  Demography and Wellbeing

Urban and Regional Sustainability

Innovation, Agglomeration, Evolution

Leadership and Governance

Clusters, Competence Centres, Smart Specialisation and Global Production

Geo Economy and Geo Politics

Local and Regional Economic Development and Planning

City Region Building and Metropolitics

Identity, Citizenship and Lived Differences

Territorial Politics, Metropolitics and Federalism

Cohesion, Competition and Smart Cities

Urban and Regional Theory, Methodology and Data

Infrastructures and Built Environment

Developing Area Studies

Smart Rural Areas and Peri Urban Areas

Health and Wellbeing/Health Economics

Spa Tourism/Music Tourism/ Sports Tourism/Film Tourism

Climate Change, Sustainability and Mitigation

Federalism, Subsidiary and the Allocation of Competences
Submission of
Please submit your abstract (400-500 words, text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) through the Regional Studies Association online portal by Monday 7th December 2015. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.
Conference Bursaries
We have conference bursaries available for this conference.
For more details, go to
Please contact Wanda Miczorek at for further details and questions regarding abstract submission.

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