18 December 2019

Regional Studies Association Opportunities and Support for Students and Early Career Researchers

2020 RSA Annual Conference
Transformations: Relational Spaces, beyond Urban and Rural
Ljubljana, Slovenia; 17 - 20 June 2020 
https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/2020rsaannualconf/ This four-day conference brings together academics and policymakers to exchange news, views and research findings from the fields of regional studies and science, regional and economic development, policy and planning.
  • Call for Early Career plenary speakers: application deadline 17th January 2020 (call is available here)
  • Conference bursaries: application deadline 17th January 2020 (guidelines are available here)
  • Student and Early Career sessions: Career paths for academics outside higher education & Successful Bid Writing (more details here)
2020 RSA Student and Early Conference
Research for Impact? Shaping and Influencing Regional and Urban Policy
Stoke-on-Trent, UK; 24 March 2020 https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/2020-student-ec/ This event is the RSA’s inaugural carbon choice conference allowing both attendance in person at Staffordshire University and also remote, virtual participation from your own location. Abstract submission deadline: 9th February 2020

RSA Awards 2020
https://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/awards-2020/ Nominations (both self-nominations and third-party nominations) of current members are being sought for the following awards in regional studies and related fields:
  • Nathaniel Lichfield Award – this award is for recent Masters graduate who has graduated within the previous year;
  • RSA PhD Student Award – this award is for registered PhD students who have not yet received their certificate;
  • RSA Routledge Early Career Award – this award is for early career researchers defined as being within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
  • The prize for each Award is: A cheque for £500; A certificate; A complimentary registration at the 2020 RSA President’s Event; Up to £200 discretionary fund toward attending the 2020 RSA President’s Event (transport costs). Forthcoming deadline: 30th April 2020
RSA Travel Grant
https://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/travel-grant/ The RSA offers its members funding towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event. This grant is a fantastic opportunity to help you towards your travel costs to present your work, network and participate at world-wide events within the field.
  • Value: up to £500 (c. €570; $600)
  • Application deadlines: 29th May 2020 & 30th November 2020
RSA Early Career Grant Scheme
https://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/early-career-grant-scheme/ This funding is open to individual applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution and must be a current, early career member of the RSA. This grant aims to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research.
  • Value: up to £10,000 (c. €11,500; $12,000)
  • Application deadline (Expression of Interest): 28th May 2020
Regional Studies Regional Science: Early Careers Papers Section
https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/rsrs-early-career-papers/  The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). Contributions are welcomed from any discipline in the field of regional studies or regional science and with any geographical focus. Authors (and co-authors) should be PhD students or early career researchers that have completed their PhD in the last five years. Forthcoming deadlines: 31 March 2020 & 30 September 2020

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 RSA Europe Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College
Public Policy for Regional Development
Cagliari, Italy; 1 – 4 September 2020

12 December 2019

By Arun Agrawal (Editor-in-Chief, World Development)

The biggest questions in development today have to do with how to prevent climate and ecological collapse without increasing the crushing burdens on the poor.https://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development/editorial-board/arun-agrawal

Spatial planning & place branding in the context of regionalization based on ‘Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia’ & ‘Swedish Lapland’

The dialogical relationship between spatial planning and place branding: conceptualizing regionalization discourses in Sweden

In this article, Lucarelli & Cassel offer an empirically grounded conceptualization of dialogical relationship between spatial planning & place branding in the context of regionalization based on ‘Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia’ & ‘Swedish Lapland’


9 December 2019

Forthcoming special issue: Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction


Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen; Eduardo Oliveira

Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies


Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen; Eduardo Oliveira

Gas-rich Mozambique may be headed for a disaster

The extractive gas industry in Mozambique has done more damage than  good for Mozambicans. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/gas-...