17 Dec 2010

Some more news about the RSA International Conference in Newcastle next year...
  1. Susan Christopherson, Professor in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University is coming to Newcastle! This is a big deal. Very exciting news. A real scoop. You get the picture. Susan's work is global in reach and she has published widely, with experience in Germany, Mexico and Jordan, amongst other places. So, good news - and a photo of Susan below.
  2. There will be a special session on Phoenix Industries and Innovation, led by Stuart Dawley (CURDS, Newcastle, UK) and Abdelillah Hamdouch (University of Lille 1, France). What is this session about? A very timely and interesting subject, as described by the Gateway blurb...
  • "Over the last decade or so, the notion that 'history matters' in understanding processes of economic growth and change has moved centre stage within economic geography and regional studies. As part of this 'evolutionary turn' (Martin 2010) there is widespread consensus that the pre-existing industrial structures, institutions, resources, skills and experiences of localities serve to shape the environments within which new paths of growth are enabled or constrained. However, we argue that understanding the precise mechanisms through which regions either create or branch into new paths of industrial development requires further theoretically informed empirical analysis, especially if we are to feed these notions through to the policy field"
There will be more conference updates in the future. Information on the main RSA site is being updated regularly. Make sure you register early!