Winter School - Spatial Productivity for Regional and Local Development, 21 - 25 January, 2019


September 28, 2018

Event Date:

January 21, 2019 - January 25, 2019

Opportunity Cover Image - Winter School - Spatial Productivity for Regional and Local Development, 21 - 25 January, 2019

Call for Application start: 26th July 2018

Application deadline: 28th September 2018

Notification of acceptance and registration start: 31st October 2018

Deadline for registration and payment: 14th December 2018


The ERSA Winter School 2019, in collaboration with the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab, aims to provide PhD Students and young researchers with the very latest advances in regional sciences on the topics of spatial productivity and local development. Both theoretical, empirical and policy analysis research are welcome. 


Researching spatial productivity-related challenges in order to support both spatially more inclusive growth and higher aggregate productivity levels in countries is the aim of the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab based in Trento. 


The Winter School seeks to encourage close interactions and feedbacks among participants and top senior researchers as well as internationally recognized analysts.



The Winter School will focus on the generation of productivity gains through space-based policies. This includes economies of agglomeration in cities, mechanisms of regional productivity catching-up, as well as productivity gains that can be achieved by better connecting places, for example through rural-urban linkages. 

The ERSA Winter School 2019 will particularly address the interaction between empirical, theoretical and policy analysis within the following topics, which include (but are not limited to): 

• Entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development
• Urban agglomeration and productivity
• Knowledge business services and the dynamics of industrial clusters
• Social innovation and inclusive growth
• Creativity, culture and urban development
• Social capital, institution and innovation
• Spatial development, growth and innovation
• Spatial dynamics of innovation networks
• Local and cluster-based policies
• Labour mobility, knowledge and innovation
• Regional diversification and growth• Proximity effects and rural-urban linkages


The Winter School will be organised in an intense week of lectures with the full day work. 

During the morning there will be ex-cathedra lectures that will be offered by invited Professors followed by hands-on training. Lectures will cover a large variety of issues regarding recent advances in theory and applications in Regional Science.

Part of the day will be devoted to the presentations by the participants. An official certificate of participation will be provided to all participants.

Preliminary schedule
Monday, 21 January 2019 PM – Welcome reception, Lectures, and student presentations, cocktail
Tuesday, 22 January 2019  – Lectures and student presentations
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 AM  – Lectures and student presentations, 
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 PM – Study visit
Thursday, 24 January 2019 – Lectures and student presentations
Friday, 25 January 2019 AM – Lectures and certificate ceremony


Application - Terms and Conditions

ERSA will select participants aiming for a student body of high academic quality as well as a balanced representation of background. The maximum number of participants accepted is 25. 

Who should apply?

The ERSA Winter School targets PhD students and junior researchers with less than 10 years of research experience. 

How to apply?

Step 1
Applicants are requested to apply for the Winter School via the Winter School Application Portal

First fill in your contact details to create your account on the Winter School Platform and follow the instructions to submit your application. You can save your application as a draft before submitting it.

Applications must be submitted within September 28, 2018 and include (PDF format):

 - A one-page CV of the applicant
- A one-page summary of the research project students’ aim at presenting during the Winter School.

Step 2
After notification of acceptance and receipt of registration payments, the participants will be asked to upload an updated version of their intended presentation during the Winter school.

Teaching Material and Presentations

The Winter School will be held in Trento, Italy


Local Organising Committee 

  • OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
  • University of Trento
  • Bank of Italy
  • Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD
  • Antonio Accetturo, Bank of Italy, Trento      
  • Giuseppe Espa, University of Trento 
  • Andrea Fracasso, University of Trento       
  • Guido Pellegrini, Sapienza University of Rome 
  • Mirco Tonin, Free University of Bozen - Bolzano            
  • Mario Volpe, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

Scientific Committee (tbc)


After notification of acceptance, the accepted applicants must register and pay the participation fee to ERSA.

Participants must cover their own travel expenses from their home countries to the Winter School and going home.

Participation fee: €250

The fee includes:

• Accommodation in double room for five nights; 
• Lunch, coffee break and dinner throughout the winter school;
• Gala Dinner and excursion.


OECD Trento Centre for Local Development

Vicolo San Marco 1
38122 Trento, Italy

Contact Us

Contact persons: 

Local Organising Committee: Roberto Chizzali 
ERSA Office: Maristella Angotzi, Tel: + 32 10 47 43 62 

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Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
August 12, 2018
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