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RSAI Fellows

RSAI fellows are distinguished scholars with a proven and recognized research record in the field of regional science during a considerable part of their scientific career. Such honored members of the RSAI are appointed after a careful nomination and selection procedure, based on a broad consultation of the RSAI membership.


The RSAI fellowship is a world-wide sign of scientific recognition that is bestowed on a regional scientist with outstanding research credentials in his/her field. The RSAI fellowship does not imply any obligation to the Association, although it is expected that fellows on a voluntary basis will serve the scientific objectives of the RSAI whenever possible or appropriate.


Regional science has over the past decade witnessed a great increase in scholarly interest and scientific publications all over the world. To create a vital Association, it is therefore critical that senior members - and, in particular, RSAI fellows – act as a role model, in particular for a younger generation. The RSAI membership should have the highest expectations on – and appreciation for – its fellows, given their past seminal research contributions.


RSAI fellows may contribute to the fulfillment of the goals of the Association by offering a scientific service or incentive to its members through various means, such as:

  • Organization of a fellows’ meeting at any conference venue, where a major RSAI conference is taking place (ERSA, NARSC, PRSCO, World Conference). This could be a socializing meeting (e.g., a luncheon or late afternoon drinks) or a substantive meeting (e.g., an exploratory venue addressing future research strategies or topics).
  • Organization of dedicated panels or focused fellows’ sessions at any major international or supraregional RSAI meeting with the aim to reflect on new methodologies or promising approaches in research.
  • Organization of early-bird (breakfast) meetings, luncheon meetings or late afternoon drinks meetings with a small group of young researchers, based on an open subscription/application system, in which informal presentations (5-10 minutes) are held by young researchers (‘meet the professor’ meetings).
  • Organization of a solid pre-conference special session at any major RSAI conference, with a balanced mix of seniors (in particular, RSAI fellows) and juniors (‘rising stars’), where fellows and rising stars present recent research work (in the long run, even joint senior-junior research work could be foreseen).
  • Organization of short ‘next gen’ training courses, prior to any major conference.
  • Organization of a voluntary ‘Foster Fellow Plan’, in which an RSAI fellow is willing to adopt for a period  of (let’s say) one year a selected young researcher from a different country – of course, in consultation with his/her supervisor – with the aim to provide network contacts or scientific guidance, or perhaps to start a joint research project.
  • Organization of an RSAI column by a fellow in any issue of the RSAI Newsletter (of course, after consultation of the Newsletter editors).

Any meeting or panel at conferences needs to be done in consultation with the conference organizers.


Nomination and Selection Protocol of RSAI Fellows

  1. Each RSAI member - except RSAI fellows – is entitled to nominate candidates for the RSAI fellowship, but self-nominations are not allowed. Each nomination has to be done through a standard concise nomination form that follows a systematic template.
  2. A nominee has to be RSAI member (or a member of any section recognized by the RSAI) and to meet the qualifications mentioned in Annex A.
  3. The selection of new RSAI fellows takes place only once a year, but nominations can be sent in at any time and will be considered for a given selection round, if they have been received before a given deadline. A nomination has a maximum life of two years.
  4. All nominations will be put on a list supplemented with non-elected candidates for the RSAI fellowship who were on the short list from the previous year.
  5. The short list will be screened by the RSAI fellows selection committee (in consultation with the RSAI director). This committee comprises 3 RSAI fellows appointed by the RSAI Council for a period of staggered 3-year terms. The selection committee has to seriously consider all available information on the candidates and can remove candidates (unanimous vote) who do not qualify.
  6. The selection committee can also decide to reduce the list of nominated RSAI members to a manageable number, so that candidates can be selected with a qualified majority. This short list should normally not contain more than 10 to 12 names.
  7. The short list is next circulated to all RSAI fellows, who have the exclusive right to vote for (a maximum of) 3 candidate-fellows. No ranking of candidates is allowed.
  8. The selection committee can put an upper ceiling on the maximum number of candidates to be selected in a given year, if circumstances dictate so.
  9. A vote of at least 1/3 will normally mean election, unless that would exceed the ceiling.
  10. The selection committee informs the RSAI Director of the final selection results, who will communicate these results to the selected RSAI fellows, the RSAI Council, and the home institutions of the newly appointed fellows.


Standard Nomination Form for RSAI Fellows

  1. Factual bio-data on candidate, including a proof for RSAI membership
  2. Professional career of candidate (max. 100 words)
  3. Substantive contribution to regional science (max. 200 words)
  4. Path-breaking publications on regional science (max. 5)
  5. Signs of international scientific recognition (max. 50 words)
  6. Reasons for nominating the candidate (max. 50 words)


To ensure full consideration by the committee, these materials should be provided in electronic format (pdf preferred) by April 3, 2018 to Diego Puga, Chair 2018 Fellows Election Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


RSAI Fellows





Janet E. Kohlhase

University of Houston, USA

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Alan T. Murray

University of California at Santa Barbara, USA


Dan Rickman

Oklahoma State University, USA


Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

London School of Economics, UK



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Marlon G. Boarnet

University of Southern California, USA

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Roberto Camagni
Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Adam Rose

University of Southern California, USA




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Philip McCann

University of Groningen, THE NETHERLANDS

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Mark Partridge

The Ohio State University, USA


Sergio J. Rey

Arizona State University, USA





Kieran P. Donaghy

Cornell University, USA


Raymond J.G.M. Florax (deceased, 2017) Purdue University, USA


Jacques Poot

University of Waikato, NEW ZEALAND





Gilles Duranton

University of Pennsylvania, USA


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William Strange

University of Toronto, Canada







Roberta Capello

Polytechnic Milano, ITALY


Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Kyoto University, JAPAN


Tönu Puu

University of Umeå, SWEDEN


Jean-Claude Thill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA


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Brian J.L. Berry

The University of Texas at Dallas, USA


Ronald E. Miller

University of Pennsylvania, USA


Stuart S. Rosenthal

Syracuse University, USA


Yves Zenou

Stockholm University, SWEDEN


Åke E. Anderson

Jönköping International Business School, SWEDEN

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Gordon Mulligan

University of Arizona, USA




Paul Krugman

Princeton University, USA


Diego Puga

Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, SPAIN

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Aura Reggiani

University of Bologna, ITALY

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Robert Stimson

University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA


Gerald Carlino

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, USA

Richard Morrill

University of Washington, USA

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Michael Sonis

Bar-Ilan University, ISRAEL


David Plane

University of Arizona, USA


Eric Verhoef

VU University Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS


Henk Folmer

Wageningen and Groningen Universities, THE NETHERLANDS





Antoine Bailly

University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND


Richard Church

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Bernard Fingleton

University of Strathclyde, UK


Reginald Golledge (deceased, 2009)

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Peter Gordon

University of Southern California, USA


Daniel Griffith

University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Keith Ihlanfeldt

Keith Ihlanfeldt

Florida State University, USA


James LeSage

Texas State University, USA


Janice Madden

University of Pennsylvania, USA

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Piet Rietveld (deceased, 2013)

VU University Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS


Anthony Venables

University of Oxford, UK




T.R. Lakshmanan

Boston University, USA


Daniel McMillen

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

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John McDonald

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Jan Oosterhaven

University of Groningen, THE NETHERLANDS

Harry W. Richardson

Harry W. Richardson

University of Southern California, USA


Roger Stough

George Mason University, USA


Takatoshi Tabuchi

University of Tokyo, JAPAN





Yoshitsugu Kanemoto

University of Tokyo, JAPAN


Harry H. Kelejian

University of Maryland, USA


Anna Nagurney

University of Massachusetts, USA


Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou

McMaster University, CANADA


Alan Wilson

University College London, England, UK





Alex Anas

SUNY Buffalo, USA



Richard Arnott

Boston College, USA


Peter Batey

University of Liverpool, UK


Manfred M. Fischer

WU Wien, Vienna, AUSTRIA


Michael J. Greenwood

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA


Kingsley Haynes

George Mason University, USA


Tschango John Kim

 University of Illinois, USA

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Ann Markusen

University of Minnesota, USA


John Parr

University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK


Kenneth A. Small

University of California, Irvine, USA





Marcus Berliant

Washington University in Saint Louis, USA


Jan K. Brueckner

University of California, Irvine, USA


Arthur Getis

San Diego State University, USA


David Pines

Tel-Aviv University, ISRAEL


Karen R. Polenske

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA





Luc Anselin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


J. Vernon Henderson

Brown University, USA


Peter Nijkamp

Erasmus University, NETHERLANDS


John M. Quigley (deceased, 2012)

University of California, Berkeley, USA



Masahisa Fujita

Kyoto University, JAPAN



Geoffrey J. D. Hewings

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Tony E. Smith

University of Pennsylvania, USA


Jacques Thisse

Catholic University of Louvain, BELGIUM





RSAI Council initiated the RSAI Fellows Award to honour a select group of members of the Association who have made important scholarly and research contributions to the field of regional science. The inaugural Fellows were the living recipients of the Founder's Medal at that time   
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Walter Isard (deceased, 2010)

Cornell University, USA


Martin Beckmann

Brown University, USA and Technical University of Munich, Germany


Jean Paelinck

Erasmus University, NETHERLANDS


David Boyce

Northwestern University, USA

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