Regional Studies Association Policy Expo Grant Scheme 2017

Publish Date: Jan 12, 2017

Deadline: Mar 06, 2017

RSA Policy Expo Grant Scheme NEW in 2017

The Association is launching a new policy research initiative worth £15,000 to successful teams aiming to connect the work of its members and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.

It is proposed to call this new initiative an “Expo” taking the word’s meaning of a “comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory” for example, “a systematic exposition of the idea of biodiversity”.

The Association seeks a leading and impactful role for its community, to inform and influence policy and practice in creative and ambitious ways.The aim is to support Expos addressing issues that are important, current and having impacts for society. They will investigate how the communities of regional studies, regional science, urban studies and related fields can respond to new societal challenges and opportunities. 

The RSA provides funding of £15,000 (including the cost of a book publication and launch for which £2000 of the grant will be retained by the RSA) to support RSA Policy Expositions on topics related to the priority areas set out in the RSA Development Plan 2015 – 2020 from time to time an open call will be made inviting the academic community to suggest suitable themes. 

Applications are invited on the following themes:

  • Industrial Strategy and the Role of Industry, Employment & Apprenticeships in Cities and Regions
  • Climate change, adaptation and governance
  • Global Migration and regional development

The two key deliverables from the Expo are:

  • an article for Regional Studies, Regional Science with the APC sponsored by the Association from the withheld portion of the grant (articles will be subject to peer review)
  • a book in the new RSA Impact and Policy Series. This would be a minimum 25k and maximum 30k word policy book. It could be in the form of a report or edited papers with an introduction and conclusion. It must include an executive summary highlighting the policy implications from the work.

Expos will normally run for no more than 18 months from commissioning to submission of the book and RSRS article for review

The submission deadline for the detailed application by is 6th March 2017, 3pm (GMT)

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