30 March 2017

Mind the gap! Barriers and implementation deficiencies of energy policies at the local scale in urban China

by Jing Wu, , Christian Zuidema , Katharina Gugerell , Gert de Roo 

Energy efficiency policies are ill-adapted to the diversity of local circumstances.
Predominant focus on conformance in energy policies overlooks local performance.
Pursuing ambitions runs the risk of being undermined by strict measuring systems.
Chinese energy transition needs more flexibility in target setting and evaluation.

29 March 2017

Planning in the Face of Power. Experiencing Power Dimensions in a Visioning Process in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Planning in the Face of Power. Experiencing Power Dimensions in a Visioning Process in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Katharina Gugerell, Stefan Netsch


This article reflects on dimensions of power that occurred in visioning workshops with different stakeholder in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. The overall argument developed in the article is that the visioning process—especially signs of spatial and institutional dimensions of power—occurred in both cases in a rather similar way, even though the conditions for planning and visioning are significantly different in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. The visioning process illustrated that planning indeed shows signs of mediating space and power. Those power struggles are deeply rooted in the Palestinian planning history, the long-standing separation between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and the protracted conflict between Israel and Palestine. Experiencing oneself the ‘dark side of planning’ makes clear that planning is not benign and that planning can be a powerful tool for either progressive, pluralistic practices or oppressive ones, as means of regulation and control.


conflict; dark side of planning; mobility; Palestine; power; spatial planning

27 March 2017

Regional Studies Association Australasia Conference 2017

Regional Studies Association Australasia Conference 2017FRAGMENTED REGIONAL WORLDS: INEQUALITY AND POPULISM IN A GLOBALISING WORLD3rd – 5th July 2017, The University of Sydney, AustraliaBursary (Free Conference Registration) application deadline: Friday, 31st March 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 28th April 2017
Keynote panel: 'Regional Fragmentation and the Changing Political Landscapes of 2016-17'
For more information and Call for Papers please click here.

Regional Studies Association Central and Eastern Europe Conference 2017
REGIONAL POLARISATION AND UNEQUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CEE: CHALLENGES FOR INNOVATIVE PLACE-BASED POLICIES10th - 13th September 2017, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Call for Early Career Plenary Speaker application deadline: Friday, 31st March 2017
The Regional Studies Association is seeking applications from Early Career Researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) to give the Early Career Plenary Presentation at the RSA’s forthcoming Central and Eastern European Conference 2017. For more details on the conference, please visit the conference website.
For more information about the Early Career plenary speaker call, please click here. Please feel free to share with any colleagues who may be interested.

There are bursaries (taking form of free conference place) available. To read more and apply for conference bursary, please click here. Deadline for applications: 30th April 2017. Abstract submission and registration deadline: 23rd May 2017.

24 March 2017

That fantastic feeling when you open a new book and you have a chapter in it...

"Reflections on Academic Lives - Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond"

Editors: Staci Zavattaro (Uni. Florida, USA) and Shannon K. Orr (Bowling Green Uni., USA)

Place experience and place making in World Heritage Cities

Place experience and place making in World Heritage Cities. Book chapter in World Heritage, Tourism and Identity: Inscription and Co-production, edited by Laurent Bourdeau, Maria Gravari-Barbas, and Mike Robinson. Ashgate Publishing Co. 2015


22 March 2017

Infographic: Navigating the World of Citation Metrics


Original source
Bibliometrics Analyst, Wiley

The world of citation metrics can be a confusing one- what do all these metrics mean, and how are they used to benchmark the performance of articles and journals? We’ve put together this infographic based on our previously published post to give you a quick overview of the key citation metrics and what they tell us.


The Historic 1891 Sorg Opera House in Middletown Ohio

Sydney - The Opera House

History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text

History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text

all these names have been used to describe an international academic movement that rose to prominence in the late twentieth century and continues to expand today. Book History creates and applies knowledge of the material, cultural, and theoretical aspects of the book, including manuscript, print, and digital media, along with associated practices of authorship, reading and collecting, within different disciplines in the humanities and information sciences. 

The field found an early home at the University of Toronto with the launch in 1994 of the Toronto Centre for the Book (TCB), which is now the public lecture series of the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC). 

The Collaborative Program admitted its first cohort of graduate students in September 2000, and now has a flourishing network of alumni in academia, library and information sciences, publishing and related fields in Canada and around the world. 

An exhibition to celebrate the founding of BHPC was held in 2001 at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; selected pages from the catalogue are available online here.

Intellectual Capital and Regional Development: New landscapes and challenges for space planning

Intellectual Capital and Regional Development: New landscapes and challenges for space planning

The 24th APDR Congress has the following central theme: Intellectual Capital and Regional Development: New landscapes and challenges for space planning. After 23 years, the APDR’s Annual Congress returns to the University of Beira Interior, for positioning intellectual capital and regional development as a key theme for public policies and the agenda of the collaborative community of politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and citizens interested in promoting endogenous growth, combined with the institutions, systems and new functional and integrative type designs, for promoting symbiosis among economic, social and political agents, in the joint task of (re) designing a new competitive space, at the regional level.  In this context, the central theme chosen is of major importance, since it is urgent to expand the ongoing debate on the importance of identifying, monitoring and managing the different components of regional-based intellectual capital, in order to stimulate a structural change in the scope of in- novation and development regimes, funded on endogenous growth factors.

The 24th APDR Congress aims to address different questions, namely: What are the regional development models applicable in peripheral and low population density economies? How can intellectual capital promote regional development? Are higher education institutions a vehicle that pro- motes quality of life and innovation at the level of cities? Can services contribute to sustainable regions? How to plan regional space from a perspective of entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems? How to finance regional planning and development? What transport networks should the trans-European regions have? What should be the new productive specializations in the regions? Can sport be a motor for regional development?  The Congress will include a Policy Forum, Plenary Sessions, Special Sessions, Conferences and Round Tables, Workshops and Parallel Sessions. The Parallel Sessions will include: (i) communications submitted to Regular Sessions (RS) proposed by the organization; And (ii) communications submitted to Special Sessions (SS), proposed by participants as well as discussion topics included in Workshops proposed by the participants.

The communications presented at the 24th APDR Congress may be published in the Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais (RPER), even though a first version has already been included in the minutes of the Congress. Thus, interested authors should submit their manuscripts, even if revised in relation to the texts presented at the congress. There is no deadline for this submission. The texts must be formatted according to the RPER publication standards: http://www.apdr.pt/siteRPER/PT/submeter.html. The decision of acceptance will follow the standard of habitual exigency, being based on independent external evaluation (peer-reviewing).

The call for papers and Special Session Proposals is open and your participation is very welcome!

Special Sessions
SS01 - Entrepreneurship in sustainable and creative territories
SS02 - Asymmetries in metropolitan areas: measuring, correcting, rethinking
SS03 - Cultura e desenvolvimento regional: As contribuições da arte, do folclore e de outras manifestações artísticas para o progresso regional
SS04 - Mega-events legacy on hosting cities
SS05 - Segurança e desenvolvimento regional: Correlações económicas, culturais e políticas com progresso regional
SS06 - Creative tourism in small cities and rural areas
SS07 - Territorial innovation models, smart specialisation and public policies
SS08 - Support of higher education institutions to regions’ intellectual capital: Is it true?
SS09 - Wicked problems and integrated governance
SS10 - Entrepreneurship, gender, and regional development
SS11 - Knowledge cities: Updating the state of the art
SS12 - Desenvolvimento Regional e Governação Integrada em Territórios de Baixa Densidade
SS13 - Social entrepreneurship, social innovation and regional development
SS14 - Air Transport and Regional Development

Regular Sessions:
RS01 – Models for Regional Development
RS02 – Regional and Local Development Policies
RS03 – Regional Intellectual Capital
RS04 – Financing of Economic Growth
RS05 – Regional Innovation Systems, Clusters and Ecosystems
RS06 – Regional and Local Public Finance
RS07 – Sectoral Policies and Regional Dynamics
RS08 – Infrastructure, Transportation Networks and Regional Development
RS09 – Labour Markets and Development
RS10 – Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
RS11 – Quality of Life and City Planning
RS12 – Services, Tourism and Sustainable Regions
RS13 – Education, Innovation and Territory
RS14 – Rural Development and Agrarian Economy
RS15 – Regional and Urban Planning and Regional Development
RS16 – Sports and Regional Development
RS17 – Low Density Regions and Development

Deadline for Abstracts submissions: April 28th, 2017. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website: https://events.digitalpapers.org/apdr2017/

All information at the congress website: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2017/

Looking forward to meeting you in Covilhã!

The Organizing Committee and the Board of APDR
24th APDR Congress

AESOP’s 2017 Congress in Lisbon

Dear Eduardo Oliveira, Anna Hersperger

It is with great pleasure we inform you that your abstract, with the ID 149 and title “OVERCOMING RESOURCE SCARCITY BY IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIC PLANS THROUGH PROJECTS: A LUXURY OR A NECESSITY FOR URBAN REGIONS?”, has been accepted to AESOP’s 2017 Congress in Lisbon.

Now that your abstract has been accepted, please don’t forget to register and take advantage of the reduced fees until May 15! Moreover, please make your stay arrangements as soon as possible as it is high season in Lisbon.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lisbon. Join us in the quest for “SPACES OF DIALOGUE FOR PLACES OF DIGNITY”.
Warm regards,

International Symposium of Ecologists – ISEM

International Symposium of Ecologists – ISEM is, now for a period of 15 years, bi-annual platform for interactions between the researchers who are dealing with the subjects of fundamental and applied ecology.
Participants at the upcoming ISEM7 conference will debate about the issues of the modern ecology and environmental science of the recent times.
Channels of communication between the researchers this October in Sutomore at the ISEM7 will cover the following thematic areas: Biodiversity Research & Conservation, Fundamental and Applied Ecology, Sustainable Development & Planning, Forestry and Agroecology, Ecological Education, Eco-Eco interactions discussing the ecological and economic aspects, and finally the policy issues and related ecological – environmental regulations.
The program will include invited and plenary lectures that will be presented by well-known Experts with the professional backgrounds of the listed research areas. Out of the Conference Research Presentations, the Organizers will arrange also exhibition/s of drawings, photos, but will also present interesting collections of research and promotional material.
Finally, the Organizers of the ISEM7 are very well aware that the complete success of operation of such events is also depending on effective relaxed social and professional interactions. In relation to that you may find in the Conference Schedule the time reserved for the social events, such as Joint dinners including the dancing party, as well as the visit of the attractive neighborhood next to the coast of the always sunny and blue Adriatic Sea and the Skadar Lake.
And to conclude with the testimonial of R. A. Baker from the previous ISEM Conference:
These meetings have been marked by their friendliness and informality, in addition to providing a platform for the exchange of information. They have also been international (not the “international participation” often advertised) with a good mix of people from all over the world, all of whom seemed to have got on well together”.
We wish you welcome, excited and eagerly looking forward to see you soon,
Professor Vladimir PESIC, Conference General Chair
On behalf of the good team of the 7th International Symposium of Ecologists – ISEM7

Architectural Histories

Architectural Histories is the international, blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the EAHN that creates a space where historically grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment can be made public, consulted, and discussed. 

The journal is open to historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical contributions that engage with architecture and the built environment from a historical perspective. 

17 March 2017

Opportunities for students and early career researchers

Research funding, support and awards
RSA Early career research grant schemes
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
This award is open to single applicants in their early career (five years between the date shown on the PhD certificate and the application deadline). The award is provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the award is up to £10,000 and has a maximum time span of 18 months. 
Grant value: up to £10,000 (c. €11500; US$12,000)

RSA Travel grant
Application deadlines: 31st May 2017, 31st August 2017, 30th November 2017
We offer members up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event. Recipients of the Travel Grant must be members of the Association at the time of the application, at the time of travel and claim.
Grant value: up to £500 (c. €570; US$600)

RSA Awards
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
Nominations (both self-nominations and third party nominations) are being sought for the RSA:
  • Nathaniel Lichfield/ Recent Master Student Award: Applicants need to have graduated with a master`s degree in regional studies and related fields in 2016.
  • PhD Student Award: Applicants need to be registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate.
  • Routledge Early Career Award: Applicants need to be early career researchers within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
The Awards’ ceremony will take place at the President’s Event on 16th November 2017 in London, UK. The prize for each of these Award is:
  • A cheque for £500;
  • A certificate;
  • Up to £200 discretionary fund toward attending the 2016 RSA President's Event (transport costs).
For more details on RSA Awards see www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-awards-2017

Regional Studies, Regional Science student and early career mentored paper section

Submission deadlines: 31st March 2017, 31st July 2017, 30th November 2017

Our open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, has a section which specifically focuses on publishing short articles from students and early career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience. Articles in this section will have a regional focus and will succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final. The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). For more details see http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/rsrs-early-career-papers

Networking and career development
RSA Central & Eastern Europe Conference 2017:
Early career plenary speaker competition
10th - 13th September, 2017, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Application deadline: 31st March 2017

Participate in the early career researchers’ plenary speaker competition and join the plenary stage with key scholars and policymakers in the field. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a complimentary place at the conference, a contribution towards travel expenses and two nights’ accommodation paid for. For more detail on the conference, go to www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-cee-cluj2017

More details on the competition are available at www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/EC_Plenary_Speakers_CALL_Cluj.pdf


Student and Early Career Representatives posts on the RSA Board
Application deadline: 7th May 2017
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic PhD student and an Early Career researcher to join the Regional Studies Association Board. During the term of office, the post holders will meet distinguished scholars, practice your organisational skills, develop your interpersonal abilities and benefit from our Board Members’ experience. Both positions offer a unique opportunity to develop one’s career and networks further. For more details go to: www.regionalstudies.org/news/article/two-rsa-board-positions-available-student-representative-and-early-career-r

European Week of Regions and Cities 2017:

Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy

8-12 October 2017, EU Institutions, Brussels, Belgium

Application deadline: 9th May 2017
As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects. More details at www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/ewrc-2017

RSA Student & Early Career Conference 2017:

Charting a Career Path: Sharing the Learning and Lessons

2nd- 3rd November 2017, CURDS, Newcastle University, UK
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17th August 2017
This conference aims to provide students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) opportunities to present their work, receive feedback, network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. In addition, the conference will offer sessions on academic publishing, how to promote your research and increase its impact and how to develop your career. For more details, please go to: www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/student-and-ec-2017
Membership Offer
These opportunities are available for RSA members but we encourage current non-members to join the RSA when making an application. RSA members benefit from reduced conference fees in addition to publications (hard copies and/or online access), research funding and awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, and discounted publications. To see the full list of benefits, go to:
RSA membership fees 2017
Membership Category
Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Territorial Bands: To make our membership and events rates fairer we use territorial bands that are based on the World Bank national accounts data and OECD National Accounts data. You will find your country Band in the list at: www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/Country_Bands_2017.pdf

16 March 2017

International Conference on Urban Health

The International Conference on Urban Health is the only global conference focused on advancing the health of people living in cities worldwide.
Share your latest data and research: Abstracts are invited by 31 March 2017 for oral and poster presentations, panels, pre-conference workshops and special tracks alongside the invited leatcures.
Join an expert line-up of invited speakers to discuss urban health issues related to the following broad domain areas:
  • Urban governance and equity-oriented policies
  • Understanding and addressing demographic, epidemiologic and societal changes in cities
  • Healthy urban planning, measurement and metrics, data and research
  • Health care in cities - access, services and quality
  • Environmental health and urban sustainability

Abstracts are also invited (by 15 April 2017) for the Special Session: Healthy Inclusive Place-Making: Global Ideas for US Solutions.
Submit abstracts for all sessions here

We welcome your participation and hope you will contribute to the programme.
Paula Santana, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Shamim Hayder Talukder, President, ISUH; Eminence, Bangladesh

Conference chairs

14 March 2017

Regional Studies Association Australasia Conference 2017

Regional Studies Association Australasia Conference 2017Fragmented Regional Worlds: Inequality and Populism in a Globalising World3rd – 5th July 2017, The University of Sydney, Australia
Special Session Proposal deadline: 15th March 2017
Bursary application deadline: 31st March 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 28th April 2017
Keynote panel: 'Regional Fragmentation and the Changing Political Landscapes of 2016-17'
Call for Papers:Recent economic and political developments have shed a new light on regional dynamics in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the developed and developing world. In Australia, new political movements, including Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and the Nick Xenophon Team, have combined populism with a distinctive regional agenda. At the same time, support for the Greens in both New Zealand and Australia is concentrated in urban areas, and especially the inner city, and this process of political fragmentation points to increasing a spatial divide that reflects growing inequality, as well as the emergence of cultural and other differences. The parallels with the US Presidential vote in 2016 and the UK’s decision to exit the European Union are significant.
This conference uses these recent developments as a backdrop for understanding the social, economic and political drivers of regional change and policy responses, in a post-truth world. We encourage papers that consider Antipodean perspectives of these phenomena, as well as those that seek to provide a broader understanding of contemporary processes of regional changes from across the globe. The focus of the conference will be to examine globalisation and the responses to its impacts, as well as the development of new forms of state intervention in society and the economy, and the changing relationship between, and within, state actors, civil society, the not-for-profit sector and corporations. Additionally, we welcome papers across a range of themes relating to the urban, rural and regional aspects of social, cultural and economic changes in contemporary society. We anticipate specific sessions in the conference relating to:
Sydney as a global city;
Changing urban and regional systems in the developed and developing world;
Place, urban and regional leadership;
Food, social welfare and sustainability;
Local government and regional development processes.
Abstract SubmissionWe welcome papers from all academics, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field. Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250 - 500 word abstract (text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) through the Regional Studies Association online portal by 28th April 2017.
Special Session Proposal SubmissionThe organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference, please complete the Special Session proposal form and send it to Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org.
Academic Organisers
Prof. Bill Pritchard, The University of Sydney, Australia
Prof. Phil McManus, The University of Sydney, Australia
Prof. Andrew Beer, University of South Australia Business School, Australia
RSA OrganiserWanda Miczorek, wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org, +44 (0) 1273 698 017

To read more please visit the conference website at http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-australasia-2017

1 March 2017

Strategic planning – a way of incorporating landscape thinking into regional development

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased to invite you to participate at our symposium  Strategic planning – a way of incorporating landscape thinking into regional development at the IALE European Congress 2017 in Ghent, 12-15 September 2017.

The objective of this symposium is to assemble talks that present and discuss innovative theoretical and empirical approaches of integrating landscape thinking into regional planning. As regional planning requires a mix of expertise, we encourage contributions which tackle conflicts between the socio-economic and the ecological dimensions, present conservation and planning strategies of green infrastructures at regional level, integrate perception studies into the planning process, account for coupled socio-ecological systems in planning scenarios, or develop tools to incorporate ecosystem services approach into regional planning.

Papers can address various steps of the planning cycle, including governance of regions, actions, implementation and evaluation procedures, and the use of new methods and emergent data types for integrating the ecological and human dimensions within a spatial framework. A focus on urban regions is particularly welcomed.

In case you are interested in participating, please use the online form available here for submitting your proposals. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.


Looking forward to seeing you in Ghent.

Warm regards,
Simona Grădinaru, Anna Hersperger, Christian Albert & Cristian Iojă

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