Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The Regional Studies Association - Early Career Conference 2014
ICOSS, University of Sheffield, UK, Thursday and Friday 30-31 October 2014
Call for Papers
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 29 August, 2014
The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.
· Urban and regional development and policy
· New challenges in urban planning
· New economic geography
· Big data and regions
· Climate change and sustainability
· Urban and regional governance
· Politics and territory
· Innovation and knowledge
· City regions
· Regional mapping and visualisation
· Clusters and smart specialisation
· Labour markets and migration
· Spatial justice
Abstract submission will be available online from April 2014. For more information and updates on this event, please go to
The conference will begin and end with a series of plenary lectures. In between these sessions a number of parallel workshop tracks will be held, all within the ICOSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city centre campus. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘how to get published’ session with journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.
Information About the Venue
The conference venue is 300m from the nearest tram stop, which connects directly to Sheffield train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Sheffield. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.
For more information, please go to http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-early-career-conference-2014