10 Nov 2011

A short post today on a particularly exciting development for the Regional Studies Association... The RSA have opened a new project office at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The UCLA RSA team will be led by Professor Lois Takahashi from the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies - the team members are Dr Beth Tamayose and Taner Osman. The press release can be seen below. Click on it for further information...

The new Office expands on the RSA’s long-standing ability to support the work of students, early career researchers, academics and practitioners in advancing the field of regional studies and regional science and in connecting evidence-based research to policy and practice. “The fast growing number of members, the geographical spread and the interdisciplinary of the fields covered under the umbrella of regional studies, has encouraged RSA  to commit important resources in this project and to embark upon and embrace this new enterprise” said Professor David Bailey, Chair of the Association.

“We are confident that the new Office will be a great asset to the Association and its international members” said Sally Hardy, Chief Executive of the Association. “During the planning and the launch of this initiative the Association have received great support and encouragement from the whole international community of regional studies and regional science” continues Sally.

The main deliverables linked to the US Office, which include the mapping of key assets, and the identification of key themes and trends in regional studies and regional science in the American continent, fully reflect the ambitious goals set out in the 2008-2013 Association Development Plan. The Association has a reputation for never failing to deliver very complex international projects. The US project builds on the success and experience of the Association and contributes to its unprecedented growth, which will culminate in the 2013 RSA Annual International conference, which will be held in the United States.