CONFERENCE: Regional Studies Association Global Conference 2014: From Vulnerable Places to Resilient Territories – The Path to Sustainable Development (27 – 30 April 2014, Fortaleza, Brazil)

In a world emerging from widespread crisis, some regions thrive and have been strengthened whilst others struggle to recover.  Unforeseen events affect regions unevenly, presenting at once opportunities and challenges, prosperity and deprivation. How regions emerge from negative or positive shocks depends on their capacity to learn from their own experience and from that of others, as well as their ability to adapt to new environments in a global economy.

The RSA 2014 Global Conference in Brazil will focus on thinking about paths, policies and ideas to strengthen vulnerable places and to develop cohesive and resilient territories. We acknowledge that only adaptive and flexible regions can succeed in an ever-changing world. This conference offers to all those who share an interest in regional and urban issues an opportunity to explore and discuss these key issues. Our discussions will be stimulated and enriched by the RSA’s well established tradition of embracing and accepting diverse perspective, disciplinary backgrounds and ideas.

Conference Themes

A. Clusters and Smart specialisation K. Regional Integration and Spillovers
B. Innovation and Knowledge L. Spatial Justice and Inequalities
C. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Growth and Employment M. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
D. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions N. Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Food Security
E. The Geography of Crime O. The Geography of Finance
F. Labour Markets and Migration P. Urbanisation and Cities
G. Land Use and the Real Estate Market Q. Regional Policy in Emerging Economies
H. Mega Events and Regional Development R. Leading Regions
I.  Regional Challenges in Health and Education S. Region to Region Trade
J. Policies for Regional Growth and Development T. Economic Development Strategies and Planning

Special Sessions

Plenary Sessions

Regional Growth in Developing Countries Resilient regions and Sustainable Development Territorial Cohesion and Regional Governance
Professor Clelio Campolina Diniz, Rector of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil Elkin Velasquez, UN-Habitat, Brazil Professor Robert Wilson, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Professor Sérgio Duarte de Castro, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC/GO), Brazil Professor Carlos Azzoni, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil Professor Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University, UK

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