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Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Space-based Policies

September 10 - September 13

Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries.

The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level within CEE have led to the need to develop new strategies with a strong spatial focus, in order to deal with and respond to the challenges. This conference seeks to explore questions such as: how can we deal with polarisation and peripheralisation? What are the challenges for future space-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?

The RSA CEE Conference in Cluj-Napoca welcomes inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. The conference will offer an excellent opportunity for initiating a multidisciplinary dialogue on themes such as:

Resilient Communities Creative Regions/Economies (ITC, Creative Industries)
The Role of Clusters in Local Development Rural Areas Under Pressure (Marginalization & Rural Peripheries/Areas)
Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Use in Regional Development Sustainable Transport and Urban Mobility
Regional Impacts and Responses to Climate Change Territorial Change: Polarised Spatial Development or Convergence?
Environmental, Economic and Social Risks and Vulnerabilities Cross-Border Regions and Transnational Cooperation
Geo-politics and Geo-economy Places and Tourism Destination Development
GIS, GIScience and Spatial Data Urban/Regional Change and Development in CEE
Smart Specialization (Smart Cities & Smart Rural Areas) Developing Cluj: Round Table Discussion
Territorial Governance Regional Policy in CEE: Old Legacies and New Challenges
Cohesion Policy

The organisers welcome proposals for Special Sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.


September 10
September 13
Event Category:


Regional Studies Association


Babeș-Bolyai University
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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