Call for papers: Regional Studies Association Joint Conference

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Date: 25 April 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School
Time: 10:30 - 16:00

On the edge looking outwards/inwards: contemporary regional development issues from the Atlantic fringe

The South West England and Wales branches of the Regional Studies Association are pleased to announce their 2018 joint conference. Call for papers now open, information below.

This initiative is designed to facilitate and stimulate dialogue between policy makers and academics both to improve understanding of the workings of our regional economies and to identify ways of enhancing them under conditions of institutional re-ordering and on-going austerity.

Call for papers

The Branches are interdisciplinary and welcome contributions from economists, planners and geographers from government, academic and independent bodies as well as from other interested parties.

Although some conference themes are listed below, papers in all policy-relevant areas that are relevant to our economies (very broadly defined) are welcome. We are interested in papers that address regional issues in general but also papers that touch specifically on our branch areas.

Indicative themes

  • Growth and agglomeration
  • Access to markets and services
  • Innovation and competitiveness
  • Low wages and high prices
  • Regional policy goals

As well as papers presented, the conference offers an opportunity to network with academics and practitioners with interests in South West England and South Wales.

Submission information

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Dr Ian Smith, Chair of the South West Branch at as soon as possible - by Friday 6 April 2018 at the latest.

Authors will be notified of the committee's decision within 10 days. For further information, please contact Ian or Don. Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY.

Contact: Ian Smith/Don Webber
Telephone: 0117 32 83364/0117 32 83416

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