Regional Studies Association E-Bulletin (October 2015)

October has been another exciting month for the Association as it took part in the 13th Open Days in Brussels, Belgium, and attracted over 700 participants to its RSA University Sessions and co-organised the 3rd Master Class session on EU Cohesion Policy.

We are also busy planning our second RSA North America conference, due to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2016 and getting ready for the launch of our new journal in 2016 – Area Development and Policy – aimed at those writing in and on Greater BRICs territories and emerging economies. We are also looking forward to receiving your MeRSA and FeRSA applications for the Expression of Interest round due to close on the 30th October! 
EU OPEN DAYS 2015 – European Week of Regions and Cities
A big thank you to all participants, speakers and chairs of the RSA events for making them such a great success. 

Open October Plus by Taylor & Francis 
The Regional Studies Association would like to inform you that papers submitted to Regional Studies, Regional Science in October will, if accepted, have a much-reduced Article Publishing Charge of just $150. This exciting offer is part of the Open Access Week 2015 by Taylor & Francis.

Click here for further information. 

FeRSA, MeRSA and Travel Grants: Calls for applications open now
RSA Membership Research Grant
RSA Fellowship Research Grant 

Deadline for both Research Grants is:
First Round: 30th October 2015, 3 pm (GMT)

RSA Travel Grant 

2015 deadline for applications:
Friday 27th November, 3 pm (GMT)

Forthcoming RSA Conferences

RSA Early Career Conference 2015
“From Early Careers to Established Profiles: Strategies for Success”
29th – 30th October 2015
Sheffield, UK
Registration is still open for this conference. 


RSA Winter Conference 2015
“Great Transformation: Recasting Regional Policy”
19th – 20th November 2015
London, UK
Registration is still open for this conference. 


RSA China Conference 2015
“Harmonious Development, Common Prosperity and the Transformation of Cities and Regions”
25th – 27th November 2015
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Registration is still open for this conference. 


RSA Annual Conference 2016
“Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in  a Transnational World”
3rd – 6th April 2016
Karl-Franzen University, Graz, Austria
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 400-500 word abstract by 7th December 2015. 

Confirmed plenary speakers: 
Professor Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Dr Geoffrey J. D. Hewings, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Professor Andrea Mairate, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy 

Martin Kahanec, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary

Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Austria 

Call for Early Career plenary speakers
Application deadline: Thursday 12th November 


RSA North America Conference 
“Cities and Regions: Managing Growth and Change”
15th – 17th June 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Please submit your abstract of up to 400 words by Sunday 28th February 2016.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Professor Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Professor Susan Christopherson, Cornell University, USA

Dr Dieter Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland

Professor David Rigby, UCLA, USA

Forthcoming RSA Research Networks Events

RSA workshop on the EU Cohesion Policy: Focus on The Territorial Dimension
5-6 November 2015
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Exploring Varieties of Leadership in Urban and Regional Development
12-13 November 2015
University of Birmingham, UK.

Beyond the Great Beauty Rescaling Heritage and Tourism
10-12 February 2016
Rimini, Italy. 

Publications News
Regional Studies, Regional Science

Latest Articles Published Online

Original Article

Regional economic resilience in Ireland: the roles of industrial structure and foreign inward investment 
Proinnsias Breathnach, Chris van Egeraat & Declan Curran

Complete latest issue : Volume 2, Issue 1, 2015

Territory, Politics, Governance

Latest Articles Published Online

Regional Studies

Latest Articles Published Online

Life Satisfaction and Individual Willingness to Pay for Crime Reduction
Matthew Manning, Christopher M. Fleming & Christopher L. Ambrey 

The Effects of Business Improvement Methods on Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Peripheral Regions 
Richard Harris, Rodney Mcadam & Renee Reid


Area Development and Policy

Coming in 2016, Area Development and Policy (ADP) aims to be a world-class journal publishing original academic research examining the multi-scalar and geographically differentiated relationships between economic and political organization, ways of life and work and their context, as they shape regions, cities, rural areas and their inter-relationships.

Call for Papers


Recently published books in the Series include:
Evolutionary Economic Geography
Edited by Dieter Kogler 

Cities in Crisis
Edited by Jorg Knieling & Frank Othengrafen

People, Places and Policy (open access)
Edited by Martin Jones, Scott Orford & Victoria Macfarlane

Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities
Edited by Tiit Tammaru, Szynom Marcinczak, Maarten van Ham & Sako Musterd

here for more details on the Book Series.

Visit on your mobile device and download the RSA App to read your favourite articles/journals on the go.

RSA Membership
Did you know that if you renew your RSA membership early you will save 10%? If you renew your membership before it expires you will receive a 10% discount on the membership fee. To renew your membership please go to the members’ lounge

The RSA offers members a variety of benefits including publications, conference fee discounts, research funding and more. For more details on membership and benefits please go to

Non-RSA Opportunities and Events
More opportunities and events at
 Non-RSA Events
Event: Researching Latin American Cities
Organizers: The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Global Urban Research Centre
Date and venue: 5 November 2015, Manchester, UK

Event: Regional Processes of Central and Eastern Europe, 1990-2015
Organizers: Hungarian Regional Science Association 
Date and venue: 19-20 November 2015, Eger, Hungary

Event: Global Cities and Global Regions: Sustainable Futures?
Organizers: ANZRSAI
Date and venue: 1-4 December 2015, Sydney, Australia

Event: Social Movements and the State in the Context of “left turn” in Latin America
Organizers: University of Bath
Date and venue: 7 December 2015, Bath, UK 

Event: International Conference on Urbanization and Land Development in China’s Interior and Frontier Regions
Organizers: David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
Date and venue: 14-15 December 2015, Hong Kong

Event: Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning in European Metropolitan Areas
Organizers: The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research
Date and venue: 25-26 January 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Non-RSA Opportunities
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Deadline: 1 November 2015

Assistant Professor in Global Political Economy
University of California, USA
Deadline: 1 November 2015

Assistant Professor in Human Geography 
West Virginia University, USA

Deadline: 8 November 2015

Assistant Professor in Population Geography
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Deadline: 8 November 2015

Assistant Professor in Political Economy
The Rhode Island School of Design, USA
Deadline: 13 November 2015

Research Associate in International Development, Citizenship and Social Justice
Open University, POLIS, UK
Deadline: 13 November 2015

Chair of Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture 
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Deadline: 15 December 2015

(2) Post-doc positions in Sustainability/Innovation/Quality Management 
Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria

Deadline: 15 November 

Postdoctoral Researcher for a Project on the Implications of the Current Refugee Influx in Germany
The Max Planck Institute, Germany
Deadline: 16 November 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher in Economic Geography
The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg
Deadline: 20 November 2015

Tenure-Track positions in Urban and Regional Planning 
Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Deadline: 1 January 2016

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