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Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability

The Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2015 "Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability" will take place at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy, on 24th - 27th May, 2015. The extended deadline for submission is Sunday 15th February 2015.

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise a session at the conference please use the special session cfp template located in Related Documents above.

Social and economic imbalances of the current phase of globalization require a rethinking of the model of international and regional development. The issues of inequality, ecological risks, and poor growth in some areas put at the center of the scientific and political debate the theme of values ​​and institutions. What are the values ​​for sustainable regional development in the future? And what institutional reforms are needed to overcome the negative consequences of the recession triggered by the financial turmoil of recent years? Which tools can strengthen the capacity of regions and cities to adapt to all changes and to increase the resilience of areas?

To answer these questions the RSA 2015 Annual Conference in Piacenza offers some lines of reflection about the themes of well-being and quality of life, technological and social innovation, individual and collective entrepreneurship, by starting from the analysis of the values ​​and motivations that drive individual and institutional action.

The conference will also include an excursion to the Milan Expo for the final plenary session, which addresses "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", to debate the urgent need for answers in the field of global food supply and sustainable energy production.

The conference offers the opportunity to researchers and workers in local and regional development to explore and discuss collectively these key issues from different theoretical perspectives and empirical observation.


Conference Themes
A. Community Economic Development B. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Development
C. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions D. EU Regional Policy and Practice
E. Innovation and Knowledge Economies F. Labour Markets and Migration
G. Mega Events and Regional Development H. Region to Region Trade
I. Regional Challenges in Health and Education J. Regional Well-being and Happiness
K. Role of Institutions in Regional Development L. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
M. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure N. Social Justice, Housing and Civil Society
O. Sustainability - Climate Change, Environment and Energy P. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
Q. The Geography of Crime R. The Geography of Finance
S. Tourism and Regional Development T.   Urbanisation and Cities

Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1. To be held at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza
Well-being, Quality of Life and Institutions: the Role of Territory
Professor John Helliwell, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor Filomena Maggino, University of Florence, Italy
Professor Philip S. Morrison, Victoria Universtiy of Wellington, New Zealand
Plenary 2. To be held at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza
Technological and Social Innovation for Sustainable Regional Development
Professor Stefano Zamagni, University of Bologna, Italy
Professor David Audretsch, Indiana University, USA

Plenary 3. Food, Energy and Rights: the Territorial Approach

Conference fees

The conference is open to RSA members and non-members. Fees for members and non-members are shown in the table below.

RSA members benefit from a lower registration fee. Non-members might wish to join the RSA to also benefit from the reduced conference fee and our membership benefits (e.g. publications, funding, networking opportunities, awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, reduced members' rates for RSA events, conferences and discounted publications). To find out more about membership please click here

Country Band Individual/Corporate Early Career/Associate Student    Non Member Member Late Registration (after 30th January 2015) Non Member Late Registration (after 30th January 2015)
Band A £335 £240 £215 £395 £400 £445
Band B £265 £185 £160 £395 £400 £445
Band C £200 £130 £105 £395 £400 £445
Band D £140 £100 £75 £395 £400 £445


Conference organisers

Academic Organiser:
Paolo Rizzi: [email protected]
Francesco Timpano: [email protected]

RSA Organiser:
Lesa Reynolds: [email protected]

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