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Call for Abstracts and Special Session Proposals | 24th APDR Congress, July 6-7 2017, Covilhã, Portugal


Call forAbstracts and Special Session Proposals


It is our pleasure to announce the 24th APDR Congress, to be held at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, from July 6 to July 7, 2017.


Theme of the Conference:

Intellectual Capital and Regional Development: New landscapes and challenges for space planning


The 24th APDR Congress has the following central theme: Intellectual Capital and Regional Development: New landscapes and challenges for space planning. After 23 years, the APDR’s Annual Congress returns to the University of Beira Interior, for positioning intellectual capital and regional development as a key theme for public policies and the agenda of the collaborative community of politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and citizens interested in promoting endogenous growth, combined with the institutions, systems and new functional and integrative type designs, for promoting symbiosis among economic, social and political agents, in the joint task of (re) designing a new competitive space, at the regional level. In this context, the central theme chosen is of major importance, since it is urgent to expand the ongoing debate on the importance of identifying, monitoring and managing the different components of regional-based intellectual capital, in order to stimulate a structural change in the scope of innovation and development regimes, funded on endogenous growth factors.
The 24th APDR Congress aims to address different questions, namely: What are the regional development models applicable in peripheral and low population density economies? How can intellectual capital promote regional development? Are higher education institutions a vehicle that promotes quality of life and innovation at the level of cities? Can services contribute to sustainable regions? How to plan regional space from a perspective of entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems? How to finance regional planning and development? What transport networks should the trans-European regions have? What should be the new productive specializations in the regions? Can sport be a motor for regional development?
The Congress will include a Policy Forum, Plenary Sessions, Special Sessions, Conferences and Round Tables, Workshops and Parallel Sessions.
The Parallel Sessions will include: (i) communications submitted to Regular Sessions (RS) proposed by the organization; And (ii) communications submitted to Special Sessions (SS), proposed by participants as well as discussion topics included in Workshops proposed by the participants.
The communications presented at the 24th APDR Congress may be published in the Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais (RPER), even though a first version has already been included in the minutes of the Congress. Thus, interested authors should submit their manuscripts, even if revised in relation to the texts presented at the congress. There is no deadline for this submission. The texts must be formatted according to the RPER publication standards: The decision of acceptance will follow the standard of habitual exigency, being based on independent external evaluation (peer-reviewing).


The call for papers and Special Session Proposals is open and your participation is very welcome!

Themes of specific interest are:

-        Models for Regional Development

-        Regional and Local Development Policies

-        Regional Intellectual Capital

-        Financing of Economic Growth

-        Regional Innovation Systems, Clusters and Ecosystems

-        Regional and Local Public Finance

-        Sectoral Policies and Regional Dynamics

-        Infrastructure, Transportation Networks and Regional Development

-        Labour Markets and Development

-        Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

-        Quality of Life and City Planning

-        Services, Tourism and Sustainable Regions

-        Education, Innovation and Territory

-        Rural Development and Agrarian Economy

-        Regional and Urban Planning and Regional Development

-        Sports and Regional Development

-        Low Density Regions and Development


Deadline  for  Special  Session  proposals:  February  28th,  2017.  Proposals  should be sent by to the secretariat of the Congress  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Deadline for Abstracts submissions: April 28th, 2017. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website:


All information at the congress website:


Looking forward to meeting you in Covilhã!


The Organizing Committee and the Board of APDR

24th APDR Congress

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