30 October 2018

Urban Planning

publication of our issue in Urban Planning:

Title: Urban Planning and the Suburbs: Solutions for Sustainability from the
Edges (2018, Volume 3, Issue 4)

The direct link for downloading this publication is:


The entire Table of Contents of this issue follows: 

Title: Urban Planning and the Suburbs: Solutions for Sustainability from the
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1794

Title: Enduring Features of the North American Suburb: Built Form,
Automobile Orientation, Suburban Culture and Political Mobilization
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1684

Title: Automobile Commuting in Suburban High-Rise Condominium Apartments:
Examining Transitions toward Suburban Sustainability in Toronto
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1645

Title: ‘Social Mix’ as ‘Sustainability Fix’? Exploring Social
Sustainability in the French Suburbs
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1675

Title: Beyond the Cosmopolis: Sustaining Hyper-Diversity in the Suburbs of
Peel Region, Ontario
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1700

Title: Sustaining Suburbia through New Urbanism: Toward Growing, Green, and
Just Suburbs?
URL: www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1660

24 October 2018

Advancing computational processes to translate multifaceted aspects of spatial planning into land change models

Public lectures and demos at WSL on Advancing computational processes to translate multifaceted aspects of spatial planning into land change models
Date:27th Nov. 2018, 09:00 - 12:30 Venue: FlurySaal @ WSL Birmensdorf, Zürich, Switzerland Organizer:CONCUR Project team Language:English General description: Within the CONCUR project ‘From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions’ the expert workshop ‘Advancing computational processes to translate multifaceted aspects of spatial planning into land change models’ (27th November) includes public lectures on morning by two international experts and a local researcher. These experts will lecture on issues concerning current limits of land change models in their consideration of spatial policies in urban region specifically on urbanization, nature protection and transportation (further information on the order of the presentations will be soon available).
9:00 - 12:30 Public lectures and demos by
  • Hedwig van Delden, Director of the Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS) in the Netherlands and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide.
  • Richard Hewitt, researcher at the James Hutton Institute in UK and at the Observatorio para una Cultura des Territorio in Spain.
  • Gaëtan Palka, researcher at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
The final program will be soon available. Please check the CONCUR project webpage regularly. We look forward to seeing you.

Best regards, 

Gaëtan Palka 
for the CONCUR project team

16 October 2018

Issue 2 of Regions e-Zine

Issue 2 of Regions e-Zine is dedicated to the impacts of regional research and the difference that regional research can make. Read about China’s “collaboration in the common human community” and the related RSA policy expo.

PhDs: do what is best for you.

If you think academia is gonna change, you’re not paying attention. Same conversation, same calls for change, very similar ideas, for decades. PhDs: do what is best for you. Find your best career option where you are empowered, successful, & can make a livable wage.

via https://twitter.com/drmarenw L. Maren Wood, PhD

Here is a new day folks

15 October 2018

「瑞士製造」信度無價 瑞士設立專法、官方機構守護國家形象

My modest contribution to #placebranding debates in China read 

「瑞士製造」信度無價 瑞士設立專法、官方機構守護國家形象 at https://www.upmedia.mg/news_info.php?SerialNo=45991 

and 形象也是一種資源 歐洲小國瑞士鞏固全球市場吸引力 
at https://www.upmedia.mg/news_info.php?SerialNo=49685 via 上報

Regions EZine is out

This issue https://regions.regionalstudies.org/ezine/issue/02/ is dedicated to the impacts of regional research and the difference that regional research can make across a variety of disciplines and geographies. In many ways, impact and engagement are a foundational aspect of the RSA’s identity, which since the 1960s, has aspired to inform and influence regional policy. More generally, as James Hopkins describes in his history of the RSA, the core function of learned societies such as the RSA has been and continues to be, “to make knowledge accessible through a network of communication”.  For this reason, debates about research impact and engagement often highlight the importance of expanding these networks of communication to involve practitioners and policy makers beyond the academic community. For regional research this task has been complicated by ongoing waves of globalization, which have produced a relational world in which the organization of environmental, political, economic and social activities in one region are intimately tied to those happening in other regions. Regional phenomena thus become loci for inter and trans-disciplinary research that by necessity involve complex sets of actors operating across fuzzy regional geographies, producing flexible forms of regional governance.
In this second issue of Regions eZine, we have therefore brought together a selection of articles that highlight the range of contexts and stakeholders involved in regional research and the ways in which regional researchers have engaged with these groups to effect change. In this issue’s Spotlight article, Xiangming Chen, Julie Tian Miao and Xue Li, debate the policy challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. By taking a trans-regional perspective on this international initiative, they provide new insights into President Xi Jinping’s ambitious vision for China to help the world achieve shared growth through “collaboration in the common human community”. They also lay out how, as part of an RSA policy expo, they intend to engage with this sprawling mega-project.
Keeping the geographical focus on Asia, the first of two Frontline articles presents new research by Leslie Mabon on how the social and cultural context of regions and localities, in this case Tomakomai City in Hokkaido Japan, can influence policy responses to borderless environmental issues, such as climate change. The second Frontline article shifts our focus to the UK, where Martin Quinn redeploys classical social contract theory to assess efforts in Leicestershire to develop an inclusive growth coalition. Both articles reflect on how engagement with stakeholders involved with the research has been beneficial not only in simply relaying the results of research, but also in creating reciprocal relationships that have contributed to the overall development of their research projects.
In Regional Insights we present research from a cross section of early career and senior researchers, demonstrating the ways regional studies can contribute to issues as varied as environmental resilience, urbanization and knowledge exchange. To this end and continuing the theme of university links to regional development initiated in the last edition of Regions eZine; Liliana Fonsecdiscusses how effectively the university’s third mission of engagement has been institutionalized within academia; In a similar vein, Hugo Pinto develops the concept of the “resilience of innovation”, which links ideas about innovation dynamics and resilience to anticipate how regions might respond to external shocks or systemic failures in the economy and environment; and Carolyn Cartier and Hu De challenge ideas about urbanization in China through their investigation of patterns of urbanization in Chongqing. Moritz Breul and Thomas Neise also provide us with a reflexive approach to thinking about how events for early-career researchers can support knowledge development.
The second issue of Regions eZine sees the introduction of a new section, Research Hacks. This section aims to provide insights into the world of academia by providing a space for established researchers to reflect on their own experiences and practices. In this issue, John Harrison considers the culture or research publication and how to develop a research profile and Lisa De Propris describes how funding applications have become an essential part of academic life. Returning in this issue are the RSA Editors’ Pick section, which profiles papers from each of the society’s five journals and the Must Read section, which in this issue features an interview with Hans Westlund, co-editor of ‘The Post-Urban World: Emergent Transformation of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global Economy’. This issue also reports on the latest RSA news and events in RSA Highlights.
Finally, we remember Ray Thomas, an economist, statistician, pioneer of the Open University, and member of the research team that produced The Containment of Urban England, who died in April 2018. His extraordinary work and contributions to make regional research a truly open and engaging scholarship should be an inspiration to us all.
Editorial team

12 October 2018

China-led Globalization? Understanding and making policy for risk in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Xiangming, Julie and Xue present a framework for understanding the risks involved in China’s  multi-national trans-regional Belt and Road Initiative. As part of research contributing to a Regional Studies Association Policy Expo they suggest how outcomes from the worlds largest and most complex infrastructure project could be improved by taking a multi-scalar approach to risk.


To Engage or Not to Engage? Developing Academic Drivers for Collaborating with Local and Regional Government in Policy-Design

Liliana Fonseca argues that universities are increasingly called upon to engage with local and regional government, but do they possess the needed mechanisms to incentivise academics to do so? In this article Liliana explores the barriers that prohibit the effective linking of these institutions and suggest potential policies that can be implemented to broaden the interpretation of the third mission within universities.


Innovation Dynamics and Resilience: A Crucial Agenda for the Future of Regional Studies and Policy

Hugo Pinto develops the concept of the ‘resilience of innovation’, which links ideas about innovation dynamics and resilience to anticipate how regions might respond to external shocks or systemic failures in the economy and environment.


11 October 2018

Issue 2 of Regional Studies Association Regions is out

The second issue is dedicated to the impacts of regional research and the difference that regional research can make across a variety of disciplines and geographies. Exciting articles on waves of globalization; knowledge transfer; resilience, Belt and Road initiative and a new section on reflections on academic experiences and practices.


Joint work by Editorial team, Eduardo Henrique, Michael Taster and Julie Miao together with Regional Studies Association office.

Special thanks to all the contributors

If you are interested in contributing to the forthcoming issue on Smart Specialisation  do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for reading

Joining MIDLAND project at Université catholique de Louvain

Exciting new chapter about to begin. As part of the MIDLAND project team at Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium I will contribute to the investigation of transformative co-production of future land systems in frontier regions: the case of Northern Mozambique. about MIDLAND project & team at https://erc-midland.earth/

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:...