Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability: Call for Papers

Deadline: 30 January 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 24 - 27 May 2015


Where: Piacenza, Italy

Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Conveners: Regional Studies Association

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?

Special Sessions

Accepted special sessions are listed at but we do welcome additional Special Session’s proposals. For more details please click here or email to Lesa Reynolds at [email protected]. If you wish to present a paper in any of these Special Sessions, please register and submit your abstract (400-800 words in length) at by Friday 30th January 2015.

General Call for Papers

We also welcome papers that address any of the following conference themes:

Community Economic Development

  1. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Development
  2. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
  3. EU Regional Policy and Practice
  4. Innovation and Knowledge Economies
  5. Labour Markets and Migration
  6. Mega Events and Regional Development
  7. Region to Region Trade
  8. Regional Challenges in Health and Education
  9. Regional Well-being and Happiness
  10. Role of Institutions in Regional Development
  11. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
  12. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
  13. Social Justice, Housing and Civil Society
  14. Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment and Energy
  15. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
  16. The Geography of Crime
  17. The Geography of Finance
  18. Tourism and Regional Development
  19. Urbanisation and Cities


If you wish to present a paper addressing any of the conference themes, please register and submit your abstract (400-800 words in length) at by Friday 30th January 2015.

Reduced conference rates for RSA Members

The conference is open to non-RSA and RSA members. By joining the RSA as a member, you will benefit from a reduced conference fee and save between £60-£320* in addition to all other RSA membership benefits.

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