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UPDATE: APDR CONGRESS POSTPONED TO 10-11 SEPTEMBER 2020 (participation in place or on webinar).

Considering the evolving nature of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, APDR has chosen to proactively postpone the APDR 2020 Annual Conference. The conference, previously scheduled for July 9-10, will now be held September 10-11, 2020.

Call for Papers

The APDR invite regional scientists, economists, economic geographers, urban planners, policy makers, and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 27th APDR Congress that will be held from 10 to 11 of September, 2020, at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo (CCCAH) in Terceira Island, Portugal. The participation can be in place or on webinar.

Beyond the various themes related to regional science this congress will focus on the emerging topic of Sustainable Management of the Sea for Sustainable Regional Development. With the enlargement of the ocean areas managed by countries it is important to know what are the aims? What the management tools are? And what the impacts are for human communities?

The call for papers are open and your participation is very welcome!

Special Sessions:

SS01 - Demografia e Economia dos Açores

SS02 - Creative tourism and local/regional development

SS03 - Transport Infrastructure, Accessibility and Regional Development

SS04 - The spatial management in the cultural landscape of Pico Island

SS05 - Variability and Change on Hydro-Meteorological Extremes and Hazards

SS06 - Estratégias de Desenvolvimento Regional nos Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa (PALOP)

SS07 - Driving forces of Urban Transformation: data, models and tools

SS08 - Smart Specialisation and Place-based Innovation Policies for Sustainable Regional Development in Islands and Remote Territories

SS09 - Bioremediation as a solution for regional environmental issues

SS10 - Regional Drivers Effects and Policies of Coronavirus

Regular Sessions:

RS01 - Sustainable Management of the Sea for Sustainable Regional Development

RS02 - New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

RS03 - Circular Economy at Regional, National and International Level

RS04 - Migration, Integration, Growth and Welfare

RS05 - Social, Economic and Environmental spatialized impacts of tourism and sports

RS06 - Spatial Aspects of the Green Deal

RS07 - Climate change mitigation and adaptation

RS08 - Spatial Allocation of Public Goods and Services

RS09 - Regional resilience and crisis

RS10 - Low-density regions and development

RS11 - Big and Available Data for regional science

RS12 - Geographic Information Systems and location modelling

RS13 - Systemic Analysis of Transport and Communication Networks

RS14 - Methodological approaches to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

RS15 - Operational Models for Cities and Regions

RS16 - Qualitative analysis of spatial interaction within space

RS17 - Spatial econometrics

RS18 - Ecological Economic Approaches and Methods

RS19 - Tools to analyse, evaluate and Manage Ecosystem Services

RS20 - Urban design and city competitiveness and sustainability

Deadline for Abstracts submissions: June 26, 2020. Authors should submit their abstracts through online submission system by following the link https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/APDR2020.

All information at the congress website: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2020

Looking forward to meeting you in Angra do Heroísmo!

The Organizing Committee and the Board of APDR

27th APDR Congress

The PhD call is available at the following web-site (along with the other GSSI PhD programs): https://applications.gssi.it/phd/docs/2020/Call%20PhD%20XXXVI.pdf  (Deadline: June, 11th, 2020).

A presentation of the program is available at the following web-site: https://www.gssi.it/education/regional-science-economic-geography

First Webinar of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Science Association (LARSA).


El COVID-19 en América, la visión desde la economía regional.
Desafíos y oportunidades, para la salud y la economía de las regiones de América, desde la perspectiva y la visión de la economía regional.

- Primer Seminario Virtual Internacional de la Latin American and Caribbean Regional Science Association (LARSA).
- Organizada por la Sociedad Argentina de Economía Regional (SAER) y el Área de Extensión de nuestra Universidad.
- Auspiciado por la Regional Science Association International (RSAI).
Coordinador: Pedro Elosegui (Presidente SAER – BCRA - UMAI).
- Regiones de Argentina: Carlos Seggiaro (Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, Córdoba) y Alejandro Danón, Sebastián Mena y Andrés Ramasco (UNT, Tucumán).
- Regiones de América: Eduardo Haddad (USP, Nereus, Presidente de RSAI - Brasil), Serena Eréndira Serrano (CRIM, UNAM - México), Jaime Bonet (Banco de la República - Colombia), Santiago Pinto (Banco de la Reserva Federal de Richmond - USA), Patricio Aroca (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez - Chile).
Invitado especial: Geoffrey Hewings (University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, RSAI) (en inglés).
Cierre: Políticas públicas y la relación Nación Provincias en Argentina por Roberto Arias (Secretario de Política Tributaria, Ministerio de Economía)
Moderadores: Esteban Cassin (UMAI) y Evelyn Colino (UNRN)

La cita es el miércoles 27 de mayo, a las 18 hs.

Completá el formulario de inscripción: https://forms.gle/pFA6hqMBTDVL4mJ89

El link para la charla será habilitado en el momento que inicie la charla:  https://www.youtube.com/maimonidesvideo/  

Ante cualquier consulta escribinos a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

¡Te esperamos!

Call for papers for RSPP Special Issue on

Spatial Aspects of Migration, Borders and Integration

Globalization and urbanization interrelates with migration, borders and integration. Issues managed by far away and suffered in proximity that deserve regional science scrutiny able to inform sensible policies.

The aim of this special issue is to look into migrant flows, barriers and integration and their impacts on sustainable development of source, passage and destiny regions.

The special issues associates with a Workshop in Tijuana and a Special Session in NARSC Congress.

Topics include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Regional economic growth
  • International and cross-border trade
  • Environmental issues of border
  • Cross-border Governance, cooperation and administration
  • Migration, third country safe, asylum and refugees

Scholarly articles focus on policy issues in Latin America are especially encourage, but any work with related topics are welcome.

Papers can present the results of research, discuss conceptual approaches to policy implications, describe work in progress or raise issues for debate.

Interested scholars are encouraged to submit an article in the platform of Regional Science Policy and Practice (https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17577802) until September 11, 2020. The papers will be on-line after accepted by a blind peer review process.  

Coordinator of this Special Issue:

Rafael Garduño-Rivera This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regional Science and Tourism in the Era of Global Uncertainty

(NECTAR Special Session in North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International RSAI 2020)

NECTAR Clusters 5-6 Special Session

San Diego, CA, USA
November 11-14, 2020


Call for papers

As part of the Annual Meetings of 2020 North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) in San Diego, CA from November 11 to 14, 2020, we would like to invite you to special session(s) for “Tourism and Regional Science in the Era of Global Uncertainty” that Nectar clusters 5 and 6 are organizing jointly with the NARSC and RSAI.

The website for submission is now open in the User Area of NARSC website (https://www.narsc.org/newsite/userarea/UserArea.php). Short abstracts as well as full papers (also in draft format) will be accepted for the Special Session.

If you are interested in presenting your research in this special session, please submit an abstract (2,000 to 5,500 characters and spaces) through the conference portal. Information on how to do that can be found here. Upon submitting your abstract, you will receive an abstract ID number (e.g. P12345). Please send your abstract ID number and a copy of your abstract to Jaewon Lim, University of Nevada Las Vegas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Juan Carlos Martin, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Luca Zamparini, University of Salento (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than June 30, 2020.

Selected full papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Regional Science Policy & Practice Journal, following standard review/revision procedures.


Main topic

Christaller (1964) was probably one of the first regional scientists who analysed, after the conference held in Lund during 1963, the patterns on geographical location of tourist activity. Christaller found that “It is typical for places of tourism to be on the periphery. In this way, regions economically benefit from factors which cannot be utilized otherwise: high mountain chains, barren, rocky landscapes, heather, unproductive dunes.” (p.86). Since then, the tourism industry has changed dramatically. It is not so much the activity to move away from each other but instead to be with each other visiting their places and new places, also being involved with tourists in our own places because the we, and the places we live, are nice. That is why regional science – the study of human interaction within space with sound methods – has a say that can change the scientific perspectives on tourism that often miss space and the relation with each other. Regional Science as a discipline needs to analyse multiple strategies, policies and trends that are critical for tourist destinations that aspire to position and to consolidate their image in the world-wide network of tourist destinations at different geographical levels, urban or rural, within a framework of tough global competition. However, as world is currently experiencing, the unexpected events including but not limited to pandemic contagious diseases, regional political instabilities, safety issues with terrorist attacks, make the future of tourism uncertain. Due to the increasing concerns for mobility across space with the growing global uncertainty, tourism activities are expected to get downward pressure, while the increasing demand for various types of experience in tourism destinations may boost the worldwide growth of tourism in the future.

For this reason, potential topics discussed at the Special Session include:

  • How can tourism studies benefit from Regional Science?
  • Quantitative methods of Regional Science applied to Tourism
  • Pandemic Diseases and Tourism Industry
  • Consumer Behavior & Tourism Analysis
  • From Well-Being and Happiness of tourists to Quality of Life of host residents.
  • New Directions and Paradigms in Regional Science applied to Tourism
  • From Decision Making to Travel Behavior
  • Regional Science and Hospitality Research. The notion of industrial clusters.
  • Tourism Infrastructure. Natural and Cultural Endowments
  • Tourism Flows. Place, Time and Activities
  • National and Regional Tourism and Travel Competitiveness
  • Tourism Trends. Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Demand: Demographic, Behavioral and Social Changes.

The abstracts/papers will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and the notification of paper acceptance will be distributed by July 15th, 2020.

Organizing committee. For more information or questions please contact Jaewon Lim, University of Nevada Las Vegas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Tomaz Dentinho, University of the Azores (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Juan Carlos Martin, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Luca Zamparini, University of Salento, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

NECTAR is a European-based scientific association. The primary objective is to foster research collaboration and exchange of information between experts in the field of transport, communication and mobility from all European countries and the rest of the world. It is a multidisciplinary social science network. It brings together a wide variety of perspectives on transport and communication problems and their impacts on society in an international perspective. For further information see: http://www.nectar-eu.eu

The Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy has launched a new Discussion Paper Series in Regional Science and Economic Geography.
With an article that relates the spatiality of COVID-19 to the structure of local economies, the GSSI area of Social Sciences launches a Discussion Paper series in Regional Science & Economic Geography (RSEG), which aims at providing a forum for debating initial research outcomes of high quality standard.

It hosts contributions on a wide range of topics within and across regional science and economic geography, encouraging a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives on socio-economic phenomena with an inherently spatial nature. Each article undergoes a light and fast review process managed by a Scientific Committee within the GSSI area of Social Sciences (for this and other info about how to submit a contribution, visit the website).
The Discussion Papers address some of the most urgent issues and trends of the 21st century, like socio-spatial (income/wealth) inequalities, migration flows and labour mobility, disasters (natural, environmental and health) and resilience, globalisation vs. localisation patterns, the political economy of urban and regional development, the geography of innovation and entrepreneurship, tech-driven urban and regional economies (e.g. platform urbanism), the shifting location of economic activity and new technologies, just to mention a few.

The series is inaugurated by the paper “The geography of COVID-19 and the structure of local economies: The case of Italy”, in which Andrea Ascani, Alessandra Faggian and Sandro Montresor (GSSI Social Sciences) develop an analysis of the relationship between the geography of COVID-19 and the structure of local economies, by focusing on the case of Italian provinces. In order to explain the striking spatial unevenness of COVID-19, the paper hypothesises and offers preliminary evidence that locations specialised in economic activities that are characterised by high geographical concentration might be subject to relatively higher infections due to the agglomeration advantages characterising these industries.

More details and submission guidelines can be found here

Editors: Rafael Garduño-Rivera (School of Business & Economics, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico); Haoying Wang (Department of Business and Technology Management, New Mexico Tech, USA)

Today, every region across the globe experiences different issues among its international borders. For example, the US-Mexico border region (quite different to the US-Canada and the Mexico-Guatemala borders), the Kashmir region in Asia, the UK and its relationship with the EU (and Ireland), the North-South Koreas, Greece and Cyprus, Colombia and Venezuela, and the list goes on. International borders exist to protect domestic markets while facilitating cross-border trade and communications. From an economic perspective, both sides along the border would benefit from opportunities associated with an open border. The reality often finds a situation being complicated by various socio-economic factors from policies to social norms.
Regional conflicts along international borders have become a major externality of the globalization process. In the meantime, economic and business development opportunities exist along international borders. How to resolve the conflicts and transition to binational coordination and development has been an interesting topic to academics, NGOs focusing on international development, and the concerned public.

This collection expects to attract studies from different parts of the world to learn about the economic and business development conditions along different international borders and how each country is dealing with or taking advantage of them. The collection will enrich our knowledge of the policy landscape and the private enterprise in each of the unique situation. New insights can be drawn to provide inputs to forge policies facilitating cross-border development.

While we are in the era of globalization, a lot of economic and business development opportunities are left unexplored along international borders. This collection will raise awareness of these problems and explore the reasons behind the status quo. An open and in-depth discussion can help to identify the influential factors and support policymaking to tap into the economic and business development potential along international borders. This collection seeks disciplinary perspectives from regional economics, international trade, entrepreneurship, environmental and natural resources economics, and public policy. It is also open to interdisciplinary studies.

Research is welcomed across the following areas, and others:

  • The economics of migration
  • Cross-border trade
  • Port economy and agglomeration along international borders
  • Environmental and natural resources management along international borders
  • Border-region economic development
  • The economic impact of cross-border illegal activities
  • Border tourism and day trips
  • Poverty and inequality in border regions
  • Spatial economic analysis related to border effects

We are explicitly excluding studies (1) concerning border wars and political conflicts; (2) movements of peoples across international borders; (3) cross-border international aid. While these topics are definitely of policy importance and research interest, they usually fall out of the realm of economic and business development.

The collection accepts theoretical, empirical, and policy studies in the form of original research paper and review paper. In-depth case studies may be considered. The author(s) are encouraged to communicate with the guest editors before submitting a case study. All manuscripts should follow the journal’s submission guidelines.

This is a rolling collection and submissions will be accepted until the end of May 2021. Authors who wish to discuss ideas for articles are encouraged to contact the guest editors directly before submission. Full papers must be submitted via the journal’s submission system. Submissions by email will not be considered.

The website for the special issue can be found here.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 15:04

RSAI newsletter May 2020

Dear RSAI members,

It is a pleasure to reach out to all of you in these difficult months. As you may know by now, RSAI decided to postpone the 2020 World Congress, which would have taken place on Marrakech on June 2/5, 2020. This and other news, as well as many interesting articles on Real Estate and on the spatial implications of the COVID-19 emergency, are featured in the new issue of the RSAI Newsletter (https://www.regionalscience.org/images/PDF/Newsletter%202020%20May.pdf), skillfully edited by Martijn Smit and Graham Clarke.

The Newsletter, and the many initiatives described in it as well as on our website (https://www.regionalscience.org/), testify that RSAI maintains a strong link with our larger community. While waiting to meet each other in person hopefully soon, I hope you enjoy reading this news.

Kind regards,

Andrea Caragliu

Executive Director, Regional Science Association International


New Issue Alert


We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for The Annals of Regional Science. Volume 64 Number 3 is now available online.

Stated and revealed locational preferences of firms: a national scale perspective


In this issue

Special Issue Editorial


Stated and revealed locational preferences of firms: a national scale perspective

Dario Musolino, Ilaria Mariotti & Aleid E. Brouwer

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Special Issue Paper


Mental maps of entrepreneurs and location factors: an empirical investigation on Italy

Dario Musolino & Ilaria Mariotti

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Special Issue Paper


Industrial districts, urban areas or both? The location behaviour of foreign and domestic firms in an Italian manufacturing region

Ilaria Mariotti, Mariachiara Barzotto, Giancarlo Corò & Stefano Saloriani

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Special Issue Paper


Determinants of the spatial distribution of exporters in regions: the role of ownership

Jarosław M. Nazarczuk, Stanisław Umiński & Tomasz Brodzicki

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Special Issue Paper


Investigating spatial concentration of sustainable restaurants: It is all about good food!

Margo P. M. Enthoven & Aleid E. Brouwer

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Special Issue Paper


The mental maps of Italian, German and Dutch entrepreneurs: a comparative perspective

Dario Musolino, Wim Meester & Piet Pellenbarg

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Special Issue Paper


Where do firms relocate? Location optimisation within and between Polish metropolitan areas

Federica Rossi & Magdalena Dej

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Special Issue Paper


Do software and video game firms share location patterns across cities? Evidence from Barcelona, Lyon and Hamburg

Carles Méndez-Ortega & Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod

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