Dear Robyn,

 

The deadline for submissions for the Regional Studies Association’s Inaugural Australasian Conference, to be held at RMIT University, Melbourne, August 31st - September 2nd, 2015 has been extended until 8th June 2015. Please see below for call for papers and website links.  Please forward to your networks, colleagues, students and any other persons you feel may find this conference of interest.

 

Many thanks,

 

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Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference

‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century’

31st August – 2nd September 2015, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

 

Extended Deadline, 8th June 2015

 

Cities and regions in Australia and New Zealand have experienced more than 30 years of social and demographic dynamism as a consequence of micro economic reform, greater engagement with the global networks of production, new patterns of migration, rising national prosperity and the shift towards a service based economy.   In many respects, the antipodean nations have led the world in the process of economic liberalisation, stripping away regulations to move from being some of the most protected economies in the OECD in the 1960s to amongst the most open economies in the 21st Century. For some regions, cities and towns change has resulted in growth, while for others the last three decades have been marked by fluctuating fortunes and even decline. Public sector reform at the national, provincial/state and local levels have contributed to these processes of change, calling into question both previous paradigms and policy settings.  These changes have had immense impacts for academics and other researchers involved in the study of regions, resulting in the development of new theoretical positions and the need to engage with a much broader set of intellectual arguments.  This, the first Regional Studies Association, event in Australasia seeks to contribute to the growth in academic dialogue at the local and global scales.

 

Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasiaseeks contributions from researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional analysis, especially those focused on Australasia. Themes will include:

 

Regions at the end of the mining boom

Ecological sustainability

Governance and the regions

Climate change & the future of regional systems

The institutional determinants of growth & development

Smart specialisation

Population processes in the regions

Regions and the global financial crisis

First nations – Maori & Indigenous Australians & the regions

City regions in Australasia and other  parts of the globe

Housing, social services & infrastructure

Achieving local economic growth

Measuring wellbeing, happiness & progress at the regional scale

 

 

One aspect of these themes that could be considered and will be welcomed is the ‘cultural’ dimension of change, as reflected in emerging approaches to addressing change by local governments across the world.

 

 

PLENARY SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED!

 

Nanaia Mahuta, MP Hauraki-Waikato, Spokesperson for Maori Development, New Zealand

Professor Henry Wai-Chung Yeung, Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Kevin Morgan, School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University

Professor Mick Dunford, University of Sussex, UK

Attendance Fee

The fee to attend is £350.00 ($690.00)

 

A reduced fee is available for students and early career researchers; £285.00 ($563.00). Please note that there is only a limited number of reduced fee places available.

 

Submission of papers

Please submit proposals for 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 8th June 2015. Registration and submission is open now available on the Regional Studies Association website: www.regionalstudies.org/conferences

 

Please note that this conference has limited places, and successful candidates will be notified within two weeks of the closing date. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programming Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.

 

Conference organisation

Professor Andrew Beer, the University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Peter Fairbrother, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

 

RSA Organiser:

Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org for further details and questions regarding abstract submission.

 

 

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Elizabeth Mitchell

Project Manager

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Elizabeth Mitchell

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