27 May 2016

Field trip Landscape Ecology - WSL

Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability, 6-7 October 2016 in Dresden, Germany

Event details

This call invites papers for the first conference of the new Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on ‘Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability’. The conference focuses in particular on ‘experimental smartness’ with the aim of exploring practical examples of how ‘smartness’ is approached by both policy makers and academia. This choice of focus addresses one of the primary aims of the RSA Network – to investigate meaning and practice of ‘smartness’ in city-regional governance. For this purpose, the notion of ‘smartness’ is understood here as revolving around finding a preferred balance between the competing quests for urban international competitiveness, national economic development, societal and territorial cohesion as well as environmental protection and addressing climate change.
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts should be around 300 words long and submitted by the deadline of 5 June 2016 via the conference website.
Please see the Call for Papers for more details. 

Dresden, Germany

Forthcoming RSA Conferences

RSA North America Conference 2016
"Cities and Regions: Managing Growth and Change"
15th - 17th June 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The registration process is still ongoing. 

29th - 30th September 2016
Seville, Spain

This conference is co-organised with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.
Please submit your abstracts and register by Thursday 30th June 2016.

9th - 13th  October 2016
Brussels, Belgium

The registration is closed.

RSA-Russia Conference 2016
"Regional and Urban Studies for Strategic Planning and Development"

24th - 25th  October 2016
St Petersburg, Russia

Interested in Russia?

Members and non-members are alerted to an opportunity to engage with high level Russian academic and policy researchers and policy makers at the inaugural RSA Russia Division conference which will be run in association with the prestigious and large All Russian Forum “Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia” conference on 24th to 25th October 2016 in St Petersburg.

Registrants to either event may attend all the sessions and social events of the other. This will be the premier Russian hosted regional research meeting in 2016 co-organised with Leontief Centre and Russian Geographical Society. As part of the meeting the Russia Division of the RSA will be established. The meeting will include simultaneous translation and presentations will be made by Russian Ministers as well as organisations such as the OECD and World Bank.

Members and non-members are invited to sign up to attend this meeting at the Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya, St Petersburg.  We look forward to seeing you there.

27th - 28th October 2016
Newcastle, UK

Please submit your abstracts by Sunday 4th September 2016

RSA Winter Conference 2016
"New Pressures on Cities and Regions"
24th - 25th November 2016
London, UK

Please see the Call for Papers. The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday 24th August 2016. 
The Call for Early Career Plenary Speaker is open until Thursday 30th June 2016. 

RSA Annual Conference 2017
"Great Regional Awakening: New Directions"
4th - 7th June 2017
Dublin, Ireland

Meet us in Dublin!Please submit your abstract by Friday 24th February 2017.

RSA Central & Eastern European Conference 2017
"Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Space-based Policies"
10th - 13th September 2017
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The registration will open in due course.

25 May 2016

The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions

Eduardo Oliveira, Anna M. Hersperger
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

T2  S27  -  Conceptualizing and modelling spatial planning as a driver of land system change in urban regions
Presentation format: full oral presentation

Abstract (250 words)

The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions
Strategic spatial planning, territorial governance and land system change have been widely explored in the literature. However, little attention has been paid to the conceptual and practical linkage between these three areas of inquiry. The main purpose of this study is to contribute to fill this gap. More specifically, it aims to scrutinise - how do strategic spatial plans affect land change in urban regions. The hypothesis of departure is that - governance arrangements, such as “coordination of policies”, “cooperation between regional actors” and “vision-building” - influence strategic spatial plans - from the designing phase to its practical implementation. The governance settings that take shape during strategic planning, will generate an impact on land use, for example, over new housing developments, the edification of an industrial site or the development of infrastructures. To describe these governance arrangements, a set of components, such as “coordination”, “agenda-framing”, “accountability” and “legitimacy” has been elaborated. These components will be operationalised through a set of indicators, such as “goal-alignment”, “strategic-cooperation”, “representability of interests” and “freedom of association”. The working hypothesis will be tested by taking 10 urban regions in western Europe as case studies. The primary data sources will be a documentary analysis of strategic plans and semi-structured interviews with regional actors and organisations. We are expecting to contribute to clarify, for example, how having a clear “leadership” at the regional level is reflected in strategic spatial plans and it impacts land change. These insights are crucial for effective land use modelling and scenario analysis.

Keywords (8 words): Governance, strategic spatial planning, land change, urban regions.

Dear Dr Oliveira,

We are pleased to inform you that your abstract, "The impacts of strategic spatial planning on land change in European urban regions," submission-ID 73, has been accepted for presentation as a Full oral presentation at the 3rd Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project to be held in Beijing, China October 23-27, 2016. 

12 May 2016

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

Constructing regional advantage in branding the cross-border Euroregion Galicia–northern Portugal: (2015). Constructing regional advantage in branding the cross-border Euroregion Galicia–northern Portugal. Regional Studies, Regional Science: Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 341-349. doi: 10.1080/21681376.2015.1044020

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

Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...