25 Nov 2015

This is a guest post by RSA Student Representative, Eduardo Oliveira. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in strategic spatial planning & place branding at the Department of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. To find out more about Eduardo: Academic Publications - LinkedIn - Presentations - Blog - RSA Student Representative

I have been recently challenged by the editorial team of thRegional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS) to briefly share my ideas and experience on sharing my publications, specifically my article published in the Early Career section of RSRS, through social media platforms. With this post, I aim to share with the readers my viewpoints on how sharing published research findings on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms can boost readership of a paper and desirably your career. As above mentioned, I will particularly focus on my latest article - Constructing regional advantage in branding the cross-border Euroregion Galicia–northern Portugal which has recently reached the second position of the most read articles published in Regional Studies, Regional Science. In addition, and according to RSRS editorial team, the article is the first most read article of the Early Career articles and it’s in the top 5% of all articles ever tracked by Altmetric with an Altmetric score of 51.

The paper was published in 11 of May 2015 and since that date I have been sharing it via different social media platforms almost in daily bases. The fact that the journal also offers open access makes it easier to tweet, post or blog the link which gives access to the article as well as the possibility to download it – without any costs. I mainly have been tweeting my article as well as posting it on LinkedIn or Facebook groups devoting attention to regional development. I have been doing it in different ways that eventually will inspire my fellow early career colleagues and the readers of this blog in general to also submit a paper proposal. I have been using Twitter to share the link to the paper by “targeting” potential interested readers – those who have been doing research on the same topic or related ones (in this case constructing regional advantage, strategic planning, place branding) as well as policy makers working closely to the research area, for the matter the Euroregion Galicia-northern Portugal (in this case governmental entities in Spain and Portugal as well as European Union institutions). I have been fortunate enough to see the link being shared several times by other Twitter users, including by some national and supra-national governmental institutions. This snowball effect produced by multiple shares on social media, it definitely generates additional views and increases the readership. I often say that is a tailored made tweet - which cares about the readers and cares about the content. I have been employing this tailored made posting on Facebook as well by posting the link on large discussion groups of people interested in understand regional dynamics, regional development and looking for envisioning better futures for Galicia in Spain and the northern Portuguese region. As my aim is not to make of a scientific topic a subject matter of a daily tabloid, but instead increment the discussion around the topic, I opt to share the link with additional information following new regional policies or decisions which impact the research area or the countries involved.

In my viewpoint sharing a published paper with preliminary or final research findings not only gives the possibility to share knowledge about certain topic or research area but also helps researchers to position themselves in the academic discussion, for instance among those conducting research on regional studies and regional science as well as contribute to praxis. In addition, and I am sure that my fellow colleagues will agree with me on this matter, in today’s competitive academic job market and beyond, it is of paramount importance to let the world know our expertise through publications and other relevant academic outputs. Sharing published work on social media platforms could also open doors for career opportunities as potential employees (for example, universities, research centres, NGOs, enterprises) will get to know our work in an easy and dynamic way. With dynamic here I mean the multiple possible ways we can choose to share knowledge in a freely, friendly and fruitfully manner.

I hope the readers of this blog find my experience and methodology on using social media to spread research findings and published work useful.

To conclude, in my personal view an early career research could benefit from a clear win-win relation between publishing a paper on the Early Career Section of RSRS – sharing the link to the published work and the open access publishing. The mentored route of the Early Career Section is helpful and constructive. The open access format allows accessing the article without any additional fees for the reader, which in turn contributes to knowledge exchange across different social media platforms. It is very important to believe in our work as well as being confident in our research and in the academic and practical value of our findings. The final version of my article, improved with the help of the corresponding editors and other experts, gives me highly confidence on the findings and I do believe that it can inspire other regions to develop a similar approach as well as inspire early career to invest in an Early Career paper for RSRS. Bearing in mind these positive sides, I have been spreading the article worldwide. The RSRS editorial team will welcome with enthusiasm your unique, novel and interesting paper proposal. 

10 Nov 2015

This is a guest post by Julie Tian Miao, the RSA's Early Career Representative. Julie Miao is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Development at Glasgow University, and Glasgow-Nankai Postgraduate School in China. 

The paper I am summarising today reports the first stage findings from my Regional Studies Association (RSA) Early Career Grant [November 2013 round], to which I am very grateful to.

In a nutshell, my RSA project intends to explore the potential disjuncture between the centralised social-institutional arrangement and the decentralised techno-economic system in China. I was inspired by the studies (such as Peck & Zhang, 2013) on the emerging Sino-capitalism regime but disappointed by the reductionist ‘neoliberalism’ label that broad-brush China’s distinctive social and economic evolution. As a scholar who witnessed China’s reforms over the past three decades, I am more than aware that the Central government still (have to) retain a firm hand over a wide range of social-institutional management and activities, partly because the fear of social disturbance and partly because the greater economic localism and decentralisation. Here, ironically, the faster economic neoliberalism in China seems has resulted in sustained (or even strengthened) bureaucratic-authoritarian in its social affair management.

Departure from this wider background, I focused my attention on China’s social housing provision as one example of its social-institutional responsibilities; and its labour market as showcase of its economic dimension. Spatial boundary was set on around the three National Self-Innovation Model Zones in China, namely Beijing Zhongguancun Science Park (Z-Park); Shanghai Zhangjiang Science Park (Z-SHIPs), and Wuhan Optics Valley of China (OVC), because I see the housing-labour imbalance to be the severest around these industry agglomerations. Three research aims were set for this project:
  • To profile Chinese policy evolutions and governance for labour markets and affordable housing;
  • To identify disjuncture in the different mixes of state-market relations in different regions;
  • To discuss civil society and government responses to emerging problems. 

This paper on ‘Housing the Knowledge Economy’ mainly addressed the latter two questions, in particular the awareness of social housing providers to the housing needs of knowledge workers. These issues were analysed mainly through secondary data analysis, assisted by interviews with local and national authorise and science parks’ managers. This method was chosen because the supply effect of social housing was the main concern of this paper instead of the demand. Based on extensive documentary coding and analysis, it was found that for China as a whole, its labour market has been liberalised to a similar extend as that in the West, but Beijing is still the ‘central nervous’ in setting targets of social housing constructions, which has resulted in substantial disjuncture between where people get paid and where people get housed.  Nonetheless, regional variations were prominent.

Frequency of the key dimensions appeared in the three SPs and national key regulations.
Source: the author
In Z-Park, where the most acute work-live imbalance was identified, the local authorities were least explicit in their social housing (or even commercial housing) commitment. Along with spatial expansion of Z-Park outside the central districts of Beijing, more social housing for Z-Park employees was provided at the outskirt and financed by the municipal government. In Z-SHIPs, attention to the housing needs of science park employees was much more noticeable. But what made Z-SHIPs stood out was its reliance on the market to provide affordable housing, a model that bears similarity to that in the West. In OVC, where land constrain was not as severe as the other two, the real estate sector has long been identified as the pillar of local development. Social housing was public financed and distributed, and often located far from city centre, a patter similar to Z-Park. But the much more aggressive real estate development in OVC raised the concern of its real ‘high-tech’ and innovation commitment.
By distinguishing China’s social-institutional and techno-economic domains, this research could uncover the multiple faces of the widely debated Sino-capitalism. Another novelty aspect of this research lies in identifying the possible inconsistent pace towards neoliberalism both temporarily and regionally, which in turn could hamper the overall system function as a result of the ‘Buckets Effect’. This draws policy attention to a systematic approach in promoting knowledge economy. A following paper from this project, which is based on questionnaire survey of knowledge workers, will further explore such inconsistence around the three Science Parks from the demand side.   

21 Sep 2015

This is a guest post by RSA Student Representative, Eduardo Oliveira. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in strategic spatial planning & place branding at the Department of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
I am quite sure that the readers of this blog and my fellow colleagues are aware of the myriad of publications offered by Regional Studies Association (see the list here). RSRS is an interdisciplinary open access journal from the Regional Studies Association which offers to potential authors the opportunity to reach as wide an audience as possible through the open access publishing route. This open access means that the article will be accessible worldwide and perpetually. The RSRS welcomes submissions on regional issues in economics, geography, planning, political science, and related fields, produced, for instance, by early careers researchers. The journal has a section specifically devoted to Early Career Papers which focuses on publishing short articles from students and early career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience. Articles in the Early Career Papers section will have a regional focus and will succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final.
I found the Early Career section a great vehicle to publish intermediate results of my research project. Being an open access journal, following a rigorous and meticulous process of review by a notable and experienced editorial team as well as external peer-reviewers, I knew in advance that the manuscript could reach a larger audience. I would like to underline here that the publishing process was challenging, as academic publishing is, but very also a very rewarding one.
The aim of the editorial team is to publish novel, insightful and unique research findings. The team is highly committed to support early career researchers all the way through, from the paper proposal to the final version of the manuscript. It was a challenging process, as I had to improve the manuscript for several times bringing additional literature and highlighting the uniqueness of the findings. At the same time, it was also a very rewarding route as I have learned a lot during the revision - I have developed new ideas and consequently polish the theoretical framework. The 3000 words as maximum length for the articles challenges researchers to go straight to the point and indeed focuses on the most relevant findings – this particular element is also very relevant to boost readership as we all like to get new information in a fast, pragmatic and straightforward way. I have received great comments that have definitely helped me to bring the paper to a higher level. I can convincingly state there that I greatly benefit of the mentored route to publication the journal offers for early careers to publish their work.
I hope to have inspired some early careers to prepare a paper proposal. I would like to remind the readers that the editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words as mentioned above). The next deadline for paper proposals is 15 of October 2015 (please read the information here and consider submitting).
Additional information of relevant interest for early careers is that the Regional Studies Association is currently organising the next - Early Career Conference 2015 - From Early Careers to Established Profiles: Strategies for Success, 29th - 30th October, 2015 at ICOSS, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK and also welcomes abstracts ( info. here). Read here the summary of last year Early Career Conference in Sheffield - Sheffield at a glance: widening career horizons through open access publishing.

28 Aug 2015

As part of the Regional Studies Association‘s 50th anniversary new funding schemes and increased funding for Research Networks have been agreed.

By offering these, the Association is seeking to raise the profile of regional research and its contribution if appropriate, to policy and practice. Research awards will be judged on the basis of the excellence of the research proposal and the ability of the applicant to communicate the results of the research broadly.

Please note that these schemes are open to RSA members only. However, non-members are encouraged to apply and join the RSA at the same time (not applicable for the Fellowship Research Grant).

Travel Grants

The RSA offers its members’ up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non - RSA event. Recipients of the Travel Grant must be a member of the Association at the time of the application, at the time of travel and claim. Non-members are encouraged to apply and join the RSA at the same time.

  • Value: up to £500 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Application deadlines in 2015: Friday 28th August, 3pm (GMT); Friday 27th November, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-travel-grant

Membership Research Grant (NEW)

This is a new research funding scheme introduced in 2015 which is intended primarily to provide opportunities for mid-career scholars who have already published in the field of regional studies and or science and who are current Individual members of the RSA.

  • Value: up to £5,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 30th October 2015, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-MeRSA-Grant

Fellowship Research Grant (NEW)

This new award is open to Fellows of the RSA only. RSA Fellows are members who have been continuous members for a minimum of 5 years and who have also been defined as “active members”. This means that they have contributed to the life of the Association through serving on the Board or committees, have spoken at conferences, have applied for funding etc. Please email the membership team at membership@regionalstudies.org to check your eligibility for this category of membership.

  • Value: up to £7,500 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 30th October 2015, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-fellowship-research-grant-scheme

The RSA Early Career Award

Who is it for?

This award is open to single 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 (HEI) and must be a current, early career member of the Regional Studies Association and throughout the duration of the grant (please note that applicants may apply for membership at the same time as applying for the grant).

  • Value: up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 31st May 2016, 3pm (GMT) 

Webpage: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/early-career-grant-scheme

2015-2016 Research Networks’ Funding Scheme

In 2015, the Association introduced an increased Research Networks’ funding scheme which is part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Association and available in 2015 and 2016 only. RSA Research Networks are formed by RSA members interested in meeting to examine an issue that responds to the aims and goals of the Association and is of interest and concern to members of the Association as well as non-members. The issue needs not necessarily to have a direct policy focus but the examination would normally lead to policy related conclusions.

  • Value: up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: minimum of 3 years and reporting conditions apply
  • Application deadline: 31st July 2016, 4pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/research

2016 RSA Awards

The call for the 2015 RSA Awards is now open for the following categories:

  • Nathaniel Lichfield Award 2015 (Taught Masters)
  • RSA and Routledge Early Career Award 2015 (Early Careers)
Since 2011, The Regional Studies Association has allocated financial resources to support its members and offer a range of funding opportunities to suit different career stages. These opportunities provide members with the chance to apply for financial help to support their research, run networking events, receive awards for excellence and help towards the costs of travel to attend non RSA events and present their work to international audiences.

  • Value: up to £500 in cash (In case the award is assigned to two or more nominees, the prize will be divided equally among the winners), a certificate and up to a discretionary £200 towards travel to attend the RSA President's Event 2015 in London, UK on the 19th November 2015.
  • Application deadline: 31st May 2016, 4pm (GMT)
Webpage: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/awards-2015

For more details on the RSA’s Awards, Funding and Research Schemes please visit http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding, and for related queries email Auréliane Beauclair, Development Manager at aureliane.beauclair [at] regionalstudies [dot] org.

24 Aug 2015


In just 24 years (1989-2013), the EU Cohesion Policy has shifted its main strategic intervention goals several times. In short, while in earlier times a stronger focus was put on (i) improving human capital; (ii) supporting companies; and (iii) building and modernizing physical infrastructures, the present development paradigm, expressed in the Europe 2020 Strategy (smart, sustainable and inclusive growth), highlights the need to develop a greener and more competitive economy, based on knowledge and innovation, while fostering a high-employment economy, which delivers social and territorial cohesion.

This also reflects the Lisbon Treaty’s recognition that the European Union needs not only to promote social and economic cohesion, but also ‘territorial cohesion’. Yet, as the Territorial Agenda (TA2020) from 2011 expresses, ‘the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth can only be achieved if the territorial dimension of the strategy is taken into account, as the development opportunities of the different regions vary’.

The same document (TA2020), highlights the need to deepen the territorial dimension of EU Cohesion Policy by ‘strengthening mechanisms which can ensure the territorial coordination of its interventions; improving the territorial dimension of all steps of strategic programming, evaluation and monitoring activities; ensuring scope for integrated place-based programmes and projects, and integrating different funds in regional strategies’. Achieving this, however, remains a major challenge. This workshop aims to further discuss this question and shed new light on three of the main aspects associated with the Territorial Dimension of the EU Cohesion Policy, for the next programming cycle (2014-2020).


We invite all those interested to submit abstracts for research papers which should include a description of the conceptual framework, research questions, methods, and a statement on the main findings and contribution to knowledge related with the topics of the Workshop.
  • Abstracts of up to 1000 words should be submitted to: jornadasmopt@campus.ul.pt.
  • Abstract should include: Title, names of all the authors, affiliation and full contact details
  • Open: September 7, 2015
  • Close: September 25, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: October 1, 2015
  • Final programme: October 5, 2015
  • For any question on the submission, please contact eduarda.costa@campus.ul.pt or emedeiros@campus.ul.pt

The workshop will focus on the following topics:

1.  Assessing territorial impacts at the various spatial levels
 How to effectively implement TIA (Territorial Impact Assessment) procedures in the EU Member States, in order to achieve the goal of the present EU Cohesion Cycle in putting more emphasis in assessing the results of the implemented projects/programmes? What can be the role of ESPON in perfecting and unifying the existing TIA methods and techniques? What is the importance of the urban dimension in the evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy, considering that urban areas absorb the lions-part of the EU structural funds?

2. Implementing the Territorial Agenda and the European Spatial Development Perspective
How can the EU Cohesion Policy be an effective vehicle in implementing the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) and the Territorial Agenda priorities of promoting a more polycentric and balanced territorial development? Are the Territorial Agenda’s main goals being included within the territorial development strategies of the EU Member States? What are the different storylines and experiences in implementing place-based strategies in Europe?

3. Achieving territorial cohesion in the EU
The Lisbon treaty goal of promoting ‘economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States’ is still a far cry from the reality. How can the EU Cohesion Policy be more effective in contributing to the achievement of this ultimate goal of territorial development? What can be the role of Territorial Cooperation in this endeavour? How to make the most out of EU Cohesion Policy interventions in less developed regions, particularly in times of financial and economic crisis?


The Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on EU Cohesion Policy aims at providing a forum for debating EU cohesion policy, its effectiveness, impacts, paradoxes, and its future. Through the organisation of six highly successful international workshops and of several special sessions at the recent RSA conferences, since 2011, the Network has succeeded in bringing together academics investigating EU cohesion policy as well as practitioners working with this policy at the EU, national and regional levels. The workshops addressed the key issues structuring the debate on the assessment of the effectiveness and impacts of EU cohesion policy as well as its reform in the run-up to the 2014-2020 period. The Network creates opportunities for inspiring exchanges of ideas, has helped to foster new research collaborations and has led to joint publications.

Network partners:

  • Eduarda Costa and Eduardo Medeiros, IGOT, University of Lisbon: eduarda.costa@campus.ul.pt / emedeiros@campus.ul.pt;
  • Ida Musiałkowska – Poznań University of Economics:  i.musialkowska@ue.poznan.pl;
  • Laura Polverari and John Bachtler, EPRC, University of Strathclyde: laura.polverari@strath.ac.uk;; john.bachtler@strath.ac.uk;
  • Magdalena Sapała (IES) and Nicola Francesco Dotti (COSMOPOLIS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel: magdalena.sapala@vub.ac.be / nicola.dotti@vub.ac.be;
  • Marcin Dąbrowski, Department of Urbanism, TU Delft: m.m.dabrowski@tudelft.nl;
  • Oto Potluka, Unviersity of Economics Prague: potluka@vse.cz.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Andreas Faludi

Em.Prof. of Spatial Policy Systems in Europe, Delft University of Technology, NL.Studied architecture and planning at the Vienna University of Technology and did his PhD there as well. His academic career started at what is now Oxford Brooks University, followed by chairs at Delft University of Technology, the University of Amsterdam and at Radboud University Nijmegen, and since 2005 back at Delft where he is now emeritus professor. He also holds occasional teaching assignments at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden where he was awarded an honorary doctorate. He specialized at planning theory and methodology. He was a British Council Scholar, an Australian-European Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Social Science and the Humanities, a European Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Bellagio Rockefeller Center and has been visiting professor at several Universities. He has a large number of reference publications in European and world context. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Association of European Schools of Planning.

Prof. Kai Böhme

Dr Kai Böhme is director of Spatial Foresight GmbH. He specialises in European regional and territorial research and policies, international comparative studies in the fields of regional development policies, spatial planning, and in the territorial impacts of sector policies. He has a truly European background and considerable experience in policy advice at the European and national level as well as in the management of international applied research and consultancy projects.

Prof. Jacek Zaucha

Professor of Economic of University of Gdańsk, research fellow of the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, founder of the Development Institute, former Deputy Secretary of the intergovernmental co-operation „Visions and Strategies around the Baltic Sea VASAB 2010”, former Chairman of the VASAB working group on ICZM and Maritime Spatial Planning, former member of the Senior official group of the Baltic Agenda 21, member of the team of the Scientific Advisers to the Polish Ministry of the Regional Development responsible for preparation of the first draft of the National Spatial Development Concept, member of the drafting team for updating EU Territorial Agenda, author of two pilot maritime spatial plans in Poland, author of more than one hundred scientific publications.

Prof. Maria Prezioso

Maria Prezioso is Full professor of Economic Geography and Economics and Territory at Faculty of Economics University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 2000, she is European partner and Lead of several European project (ESPON, Urbact, ENPI CiBMed, Cadzis, UERA, etc.) by a network of academic research bodies as expert in sustainability and cohesive spatial planning, territorial competiveness, regional and municipality development by patented TIA and SEA processes (STeMA) and GIS. She is author and editor of more than 250 national and international publications and handbooks and board of US Social Sciences journal. She was Rector Responsibility person for Integrated Strategic Assessment; is member of the Italian Association of Geographers, expert member of the Italian National Council of Public Works and scientific expert and National Contact Point for the ESPON Programme 2013 and 2020 under the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports. Actually she is teaching to bachelor degree and master degree courses, and PhD School in Political Geography and PhD School in Management and Local Development; is Director of Academic Spin-off ‘STeMA project and of II Level Master MEPE (European Economics and planning for sustainable territorial development) and STeMA-GIS Laboratory.

Wolfgang Petzold

Wolfgang Petzold is head of unit in the communication department of the European Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives in Brussels since 2008. Before, he worked for ten years for the European Commission’s Regional Policy and Employment and Social Affairs Directorate-Generals. Being a sociologist, Wolfgang graduated from the University of Bremen in 1983 and began his career in the field of adults’ education and continued with EU programme management in a regional ministry for economic and European affairs. He published several books and articles on EU cohesion policy and lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen since 1999. He is member of the German branch of the EU Studies Association (AEI), the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and its research committee, as well as of the editorial board of the journal European Structural and Investment Funds (EStIF).


5 November 2015

14:00 Registration and coffee
14.30 Welcome Introduction

  • Eduardo Medeiros (CEG) / Eduarda Costa (CEG)
  • Mário Vale (Director of CEG-UL)
  • (Vice-Dean of UL)

15:00 Exploring the Territorial Dimension of EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020:

  • Keynote Speaker - Andreas Faludi, Delft Univ. (The territorial dimension of the EU Cohesion Policy)
  • Wolfgang Petzold, Committee of the Regions  (The role of the Regions in the EU Cohesion Policy)
  • Chair - João Ferrão (ICS) – To be confirmed 

16:15 Coffee Break

16.45 Books Presentation:

  • Andreas Faludi (Delft Univ.) and Daniel Rauhut (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, NIBR) – presentation of the book Services of general interest: European perspectives and national insights, eds. Heinz Fassmann, Daniel Rauhut, Eduarda Marques da Costa, Alois Humer
  • Luís Moreno (CEG – Lisbon Univ.) – presentation of the book Territorial Impact Assessment, ed. Eduardo Medeiros

17.30 Closing session

6 November 2015

 09:00 Session I - Implementing the Territorial Agenda and the ESDP:

  • Key Note Speaker  Jacek Zaucha (University of Gdansk)
  • Speaker 1
  • Speaker 2
  • Chair - (Agency for Development and Cohesion)

11:00 Coffee Break  

11.30 Session II - Assessing territorial impacts at the various spatial levels:

  • Key Note Speaker: Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight GmbH)
  • Speaker 1
  • Speaker 2
  • Chair - Eduardo Medeiros (CEG-IGOT – Lisbon University)

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Session III - Achieving territorial cohesion in the EU:

  • Key Note Speaker: Maria Prezioso (University of Rome – Tor Vergata)
  • Speaker 1
  • Speaker 2
  • Chair - Eduarda Costa (CEG-IGOT – Lisbon University)

16:30 Closing Session

  • Eduardo Medeiros (CEG) / Eduarda Costa (CEG)
  • General Direction of Territory
  • Maria Lucinda Fonseca (IGOT Director)

 17.00 End of session

The Venue

  • Conference room of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. (IGOT) - University of Lisbon Campus.
  • Avenida Professor Anibal Bettencourt
  • Metro station: Cidade Universitária or Entrecampos

The institution

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) – University of Lisbon was created in 2009 and aims at promoting geography and planning higher education, advanced training and research. The Centre of Geographical Studies (CEG) is the research unit of IGOT. The Centre of Geographical Studies (CEG) is the research unit of IGOT. Established in 1943, CEG is the main Portuguese institution conducting research in the field of Geography. The research environment at CEG –IGOT benefits from belonging to the Universidade de Lisboa, which is the largest and one of the most prestigious universities in Portugal.

CEG is organised in three Thematic Lines, which coordinate the activities of 7 Research Groups. Currently, around 200 researchers, of which 78 PhD graduates, work at CEG. CEG work is global in scope and addresses cutting-edge subjects of contemporary Human and Physical Geography and Planning inquiries, aiming at contributing to theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge on the field. CEG owns and publishes continuously since 1965 the prestigious journal Finisterra. CEG is involved in several collaborative research partnerships and networking activities, both at international and national scales. It also has a high quality of research environment and facilities, such as a specialized library and a vast Map Collection. Local Organizers: Eduardo Medeiros and Eduarda Costa.

13 Aug 2015

The Regional Studies Association seeks to appoint a co-editor with expertise in urban and political geographies of the global south to join the editorial team of John Agnew, Michael Keating, Martin Jones, Walter Nicholls, Bae-Gyoon Park and Justus Uitermark on the journal Territory, Politics, Governance, published by Routledge.

Territory, Politics, Governance is an interdisciplinary journal committed to the development of theory and research in territorial politics and the governance of space, creating a platform on which to explore the interface between territory, politics, economy, identity and the organisation of political space. In its first years of publication TPG has begun to stake out a position as a major venue for articles on contemporary transformations in governance resulting from territorial secession and economic globalization, the changing territorial politics of interests and identities, and the increasing importance of large cities in world politics.

The journal is in its third volume and is published quarterly. It has a significant circulation footprint as it is distributed with its sister journals, Regional Studies; Spatial Economic Analysis; Regional Studies, Regional Science and the new launch journal Area Development and Policy (2016). It has achieved demonstrable impact since launch in 2013, with over 27,000 full text downloads of papers published in the journal during 2013-14.  It is already under consideration for a Thomson Reuters ISI/SSCI impact factor.

The journal is fully owned by the Regional Studies Association with appointments made by the RSA Board. Editorial appointments will be for three years in the first instance and may be renewable. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor John Agnew, UCLA.
Person Specification
The journal uses ScholarOne and a journal administrator to manage the peer review process. The co-editor will generally oversee the peer review of papers within their field of expertise. The co-editor joins an active team of editors at this exciting time for the journal. The co-editor will identify and seek reviews for assigned papers and feedback comments to authors and the editor-in-chief. At the current time the co-editor may expect to oversee the peer review of 7-10 original manuscripts per annum. Co-editors contribute at least one editorial to the journal every two 
We are looking to appoint a research active scholar who:

  • has made significant scholarly contributions in economic and political geography
  • has expertise in one or more of the following areas urban and political geographies of the global south
  • has extensive experience as a reviewer for journals in the field
  • can work constructively with authors, reviewers and the editorial team to enable both authors and the journal to publish leading academic research

Although not a requirement we particularly welcome applicants who are based in the global South.

To Apply:
Application packages should include CVs and a manifesto statement setting out what would be brought to the editorial role, particularly in terms of the journal’s international remit and views on the journal content. Engagement with relevant networks and conferences in the field should be demonstrated. They should also signal any institutional support, including any time allowance for journal work and available university resources. 

Closing Date:  Sunday 11th October 2015

Applications should be sent to the Association’s Chief Executive at sally.hardy@regionalstudies.org
Prospective applicants who wish to have informal discussions are welcome to contact Sally Hardy initially by email to arrange a call.

21 Jul 2015

Between 25 and 27 November, 2015 the RSA Conference in China will take place in Hangzhou, China. The conference is built around "Harmonious Development, Common Prosperity and the Transformation of Cities and Regions".

As part of the conference you are invited to submit papers covering a variety of issues including:
  • International co-operation, infrastructure investment, finance and cross-border relationships (including the Silk Road Economic Belt' and the '21st Century Maritime Silk Road', internal and external EU borders);
  • Sustainable urbanization and regional development;
  • Nature, resource scarcity climate change and regional development;
  • Industrial policy, industrial structure, clusters, global value chains and production networks, smart specialization and spatial shift;
  • Trade, E-commerce, intellectual property and regional development;
  • Employment, labour markets and social inclusion;
  • Population dynamics, migration and urban and regional development;
  • The role of universities, public research and technology diffusion and transfer in economic development;
  • Regional and urban planning;
  • Global production networks and international relations;
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Finance, financialization and regional and urban development;
  • Regional planning and policy;
  • Methods of urban and regional analysis and data including open and big data;
  • The social, institutional and ethical foundations of global development (including for example western Enlightenment ideas and ways of seeing urban and regional development, Confucian thought and East Asian models, developmental versus liberal states). Mutual respect, national independence and urban and regional development. Universal theory versus the social and geographical specificity of development.

The deadline for the paper submissions is 31st July 2015,and should be done using the Regional Studies Association online portal. Registration and submission is available on the Regional Studies Association website at: www.regionalstudies.org/conferences.

Submissions should take the form of 400-500 words abstracts (text only! no pictures, graphs or tables). 

For information concerning the event and/or registration fees and further details and questions regarding abstract submission  please visit the RSA online portal dedicated page of the conference, or contact Elizabeth Mitchell directly at elizabeth.mitchell [at] regionalstudies.org.

28 May 2015

This is a guest post by Dr. Ulrich Graute. He is an International Cooperation and Development Expert (UN, EU, national) and Senior Adviser, as well as a board member of the Regional Studies Association. Ulrich represents the RSA at a UN General Assembly Hearing on the Post 2015 Development Agenda on 26 and 27 May and volunteered to keep us up to date with the latest developments. This is the continuation of yesterday's post The RSA attends UN hearing with stakeholders on the new Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Four experts deliver a sharp analysis of the agenda …

Four pannelists ready to speak-up (left) and the moderator Magdy Martinez-Soliman of UNDP

Later during the conference a classic communication gap between UN and stakeholders became apparent. Four women from Kenya, Egypt, Mexico and India were asked to present their views on the agenda, its monitoring indicators and means of implementation. What the UN more cautiously had indicated in the concept note is that the final draft of the development agenda is already written (but not to be published before the end of May, i.e. a few days after the hearing) and that any major request for change from non-state stakeholders might spoil the already difficult task to find agreement on the agenda among 193 UN member states by September.

Well, the UN found a master in the four women who knew exactly where proposed goals and indicators for inclusiveness are too wishy-washy and where the more targeted goals and indicators exclude important aspects. Of course, as non-state stakeholders they are not responsible for the timing and diplomatic strategizing at the international level. They were just invited to speak at a hearing – and so they did.

… and the UN assures a punctual end of the debate

In a short intervention as RSA representative I tried to bridge the gap by asking panellists to talk about their local readiness to implement the agenda. By doing so they could have demonstrated that further ignoring the local situation by the UN could condemn the agenda to fail right from the beginning. Unfortunately, before giving the floor to the panellists the UN moderator collected a total of about fifteen statements. Not surprisingly, panellists were overwhelmed and did not even try to respond to all statements, questions etc. This way the session came to a punctual end. But I am quite sure that in the final report by the organizers the session will be described as a ‘lively and high level debate with plenty of meaningful interaction between UN and stakeholders’. 

What was achieved? What are the conclusions to be drawn?

After these negative remarks one has to ask for the added value of these events.
The UN has to be credited for delivering what was promised at the first place: Engaging stakeholders and organizing a public hearing. This is notable because in the past it was not common to organize such events while intergovernmental negotiations were on-going. The limited experience of the organizers may explain to some extend why the hearing was so formal and without real debate. For an “informal hearing” it was by far too formalistic. At the same time too little information was given to participants. The document available in advance, the concept note, was to generic and apparently it generated wrong expectations on the side of participants. Overall, the UN has to learn how to better engage non-state stakeholders.

On the side of academic institutions like RSA there are also lessons to be learned.

Firstly, we have to understand how important this engagement with non-academic institutions is for us. The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) launched a UK-wide campaign to lobby for the added value of social sciences. This wouldn't be necessary if researchers and scholars would attend and contribute to stakeholder events and joint search for problem-solving more frequently.

Secondly, when UN representatives assign an “important and leading” role to academic institutions (as it happened at the opening of the hearing) they predominantly think about academia as a provider of technical tools and magic formulas to save the planet and our living standard. There is less openness to admit that also a lot needs to be done to improve governance and management of global development processes – beginning with a better organization of informal hearings. It’s up to us to shatter the hope that a sustainable development on earth will be possible without improving the institutional framework and cooperation.