RSA Winter Conference - "New Pressures on Cities and Regions" 2016, UK

Publish Date: Jul 06, 2016

Deadline: Aug 24, 2016

Event Dates: from Nov 24, 2016 12:00 to Nov 25, 2016 12:00

About conference

This conference provides an intellectual and policy-relevant platform for scholars around the world to address the new and emerging challenges facing cities and regions. The global economic slowdown poses major concerns to many territories – through shortfalls in employment, household incomes, corporate profitability and tax revenues. The steel industry has been one of the hardest hit, forcing massive plant closures and redundancies from China to the UK. Austerity in public finances threatens the infrastructure required to lay the foundation for future growth and development. Economic uncertainties and uneven development also contribute to growing social unrest and new waves of international migration. Heightened regulation of the banks and other financial institutions is bound to have an impact on the funding of house-building and other real estate development, with uncertain consequences. Meanwhile the accelerating pace of technological change in many industries and occupations means different skills and capabilities are required of the workforce, causing painful adjustments for many communities. And looming concerns about climate change and accelerating environmental degradation complicate the task of urban and regional revitalisation.

The 2016 Winter Conference of the Regional Studies Association presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to clarify the research imperatives, and to consider the challenges facing policymakers and practitioners. The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions that address a broad research and policy agenda, including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights into the urban-regional-global nexus.

The broad themes

  • Economic Malaise and the Social Consequences,
  • Unemployment, migration, hardship and social tensions,
  • Austerity and the financing of urban and regional investment,
  • Public-Private financial investments and ventures, new patterns of ownership and control, transport,
  • Whose City and Region: liveability and inclusion,
  • Sustainable human settlements, cohesion and inequality, demographic shifts, environmental responsibility and justice,
  • City and Region Building: Governance and Institutions,
  • Multilevel governance, devolved governance, federalism, trust and accountability,
  • Smart(er) Cities and Regions: The role of technology,
  • Security, participatory urbanism, smart cities, and big data infrastructures.


Submission details

Please submit your abstract (400 word abstracts) through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 24th August 2016.
Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. For questions please contact Wanda Miczorek at 
In change to our previous conferences, the proceedings will not be printed. Submitted papers will be published on the conference website. Full papers can be any length, and contain tables and visual material.

Terms and conditions

  •  Payment must be made before the event or a credit/debit card will be required at the registration desk. The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to those who have not paid. 
  • Fees do not include travel, insurance, local transfers or accommodation. 
  • Papers for presentation will NOT be included within the programme unless the conference registration fee has been received in full. 
  • Bookings will be acknowledged by email and will include all the information you will need for the event. 
  • Notification of cancellation must be in writing - either by email, fax or mail and received by the RSA before 22nd September 2016. 
  • Cancellations received on or before 22nd September 2016 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee paid. 
  • Cancellations received after 22nd September 2016 will be non-refundable. 8. Non-arrivals will be non-refundable for any reason. 
  • Substitute participants will be accepted at any time - a name will be required.
  • Shared places are not permitted.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the speakers and programme.
  • The organisers accept no responsibility for the views or opinions expressed by speakers, chairpersons or any other person at the event.
  • In the unlikely event of conference cancellation any conference registration payments will be refunded in full.
  • The organisers do not accept liability for the cost of any pre-booked travel tickets or other expenses and therefore purchase of appropriate insurance is advised.
  • The Regional Studies Association strongly advise delegates requiring visa and/or other travel documentation to enter the UK to make their application in their home countries in plenty of time before the intended date of travel. Obtaining the correct travel documentation on time is the sole responsibility of the delegate. Where a delegate is unable to attend because of failure to obtain a visa on time, the normal cancellation policy for registration fee and accommodation will apply.

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