Call for Papers: Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014

RHN 26/2014 | Call

Organiser: Regional Studies Association

15-18 June 2014, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey

Deadline: 17 March 2014

Diverse Regions: 
Building Resilient Communities and Territories

Izmir Turkey's third largest city and rich in historical and cultural heritage will be the host for our next European conference. As part of the conference programme, we will have the first event in the Students & Early Careers' Social Event Series and a variety of special and plenary sessions.

The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on 'Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories' presents a timely opportunity to discuss and establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.

Conference contributions are invited which fit the themes below, to collectively explore and discuss key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world. Conference themes include:

  • A. Borders and Cross Border Cooperation
  • I. Innovation and Knowledge Economies
  • Q. Sustainability - Climate Change, Environment and Energy
  • B. Clusters and Smart Specialisation
  • J. Labour Markets and Migration
  • R. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
  • C. Community Economic Development
  • K. Regional Development Policy
  • S. Tourism and Experience Economies
  • D. Culture, Creativity and ICT
  • L. Regional Well-being and Happiness
  • T. Urbanisation and Cities
  • E. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
  • M. Role of Institutions in Regional Development
  • U. Women entrepreneurs
  • F. Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Business Climate
  • N. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
  • V. The Economic Adjustment of Regions
  • G. Geographies of Global Finance
  • O. Spatial Justice
  • H. Industrial Branching and Technological Cohesion
  • P. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure

Plenary speakers include:

Plenary Session 1: Regional Studies vs. Today's Challenges
Professor Ron Boschma, CIRCLE at Lund University, Sweden
Dr Amy Glasmeier, MIT, USA

Plenary Session 2: Title TBC
Nahit Bingöl, Director General, Ministry for Development, Turkey
Professor Rob Kitchin, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Ronnie Hall, EU Commission, Belgium

Plenary Session 3: Culture, Creativity and Technology
Professor Philip Cooke, Cardiff University, UK
Professor Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark
Professor Nese Kumral, Ege University, Turkey

The abstract submission and Early Bird registration deadline for this conference is 17th March 2014. There are also a limited number of conference bursaries still available!

For more information on this conference and the conference's bursaries, please go to the conference's website or email to

Source: H-Rural