Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries.
The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level within CEE have led to the need to develop new strategies with a strong spatial focus, in order to deal with and respond to the challenges. This conference seeks to explore questions such as: how can we deal with polarisation and peripheralisation? What are the challenges for future place-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?
The RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca welcomes inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. The conference will offer an excellent opportunity for initiating a multidisciplinary dialogue on themes such as:Resilient CommunitiesCreative Regions/Economies (ITC, Creative Industries)The Role of Clusters in Local DevelopmentRural Areas Under Pressure (Marginalization & Rural Peripheries/Areas)Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Use in Regional DevelopmentSustainable Transport and Urban MobilityRegional Impacts and Responses to Climate ChangeTerritorial Change: Polarised Spatial Development or Convergence?Environmental, Economic and Social Risks and VulnerabilitiesCross-Border Regions and Transnational CooperationGeo-politics and Geo-economyPlaces and Tourism Destination DevelopmentGIS, GIScience and Spatial DataUrban/Regional Change and Development in CEESmart Specialization
Developing Cluj: Round Table DiscussionTerritorial GovernanceRegional Policy in CEE: Old Legacies and New ChallengesCohesion Policy
The organisers welcome proposals for Special Sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.
Submission of abstracts: Please submit proposals of papers in the form of a 400-500 word abstract (text only, no pictures, graphs or tables) through the Regional Studies Association online portal by 23rd May 2017. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.
The Regional Studies Association strongly encourages participants at the conference to consider submitting their conference papers to the RSA journals - Regional Studies; Spatial Economic Analysis; Territory, Politics, Governance; Area Development and Policy and finally, Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open Access journal). To facilitate this the conference will include a Meet the Editors session - come along and talk to the editors to see where your article would be best directed.