1 Dec 2011


As you can see from the image above, today's post is a little different! Today's post celebrates Sally Hardy's 25th anniversary as the Chief Executive of the Regional Studies Association. This is a truly remarkable achievement - not least because Sally is still smiling, still driving the RSA forward and still full of enthusiasm. The RSA now has more members than ever before, operates in more countries than ever before and is in rude financial health - truly a wonderful achievement - and Sally has been at the helm for it all!

Casting our minds back now, what else was happening in 1986? Well, some Regional Studies Association members were not even born and others were not yet members! 

In the first issue of Regional Studies that year, Rodney Erickson and Paul Syms had a paper on the effects of enterprise zones on local property markets (déjà vu?), Brian Robson wrote about research issues in the changing urban and regional system, Ann Markusen wrote about steel sites in the United States, and Meric Gertler looked at the regional dynamics of investment in Canada. Much has changed in the academic world since then, and the journal has grown considerably (indeed, we now have two journals and are about to launch a third) but the RSA remains at the forefront of the field in terms of publishing, research activity and networks.

Also, we now have a blog!

Further afield, in 1986 Spain and Portugal joined the European Community, the Greater London Council was abolished, the Chernobyl disaster happened, Argentina won the FIFA World Cup, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated, and Britain and France announced firm plans to begin construction of the Channel Tunnel. 

What will the next 25 years bring? We don't know, but we expect that Sally might just have passed on the baton by then. Or perhaps not! Either way, we want to say congratulations to Sally on the occasion of her 25th Anniversary as Chief Executive of the RSA!