2019 RSA Central and Eastern Europe Conference, Lublin, Poland

  • Organizator
    Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Department of Social and Economic Geography; Regional Studies Association
  • Miejsce
    Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Economics & Faculty of Law, Plac Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, 20-400 Lublin, Poland

Metropolises and Peripheries of CEE Countries: New Challenges for EU, National and Regional Policies

Metropolises of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries play an important role in the European economy. They are the driving force for national development, research specialisation, knowledge production, innovation and business services. They are among the fastest growing regions in the EU, attractive for foreign investors and becoming increasingly competitive in the global (European) market place.

As economic hubs they provide benefits due to economies of scale and scope for business and local society. They generate the possibility of economic, social, and cultural development, acting as growth poles – centres of concentration of activities and creation of innovations. However, contemporary metropolises in Central and Eastern European countries face many challenges and problems. They are islands of economic development surrounded by poorly developed peripheries. Less developed areas cumulate problems and challenges of a social, environmental, spatial, infrastructural and communication nature. All this requires new approaches in the development policy at the European, national, regional and local level.

The 2019 RSA CEE conference showcases challenges, determinants and perspectives of development of different kind of metropolises and peripheries in CEE. The emphasis is on the economic performance, social, and political issues with respect to regional, national and European dimensions.

To study and debate these and many other issues, we warmly invite the regional studies/science and connected communities, policymakers, planners, and practitioners to join us at the 2019 RSA CEE Conference in Lublin, Poland.

Conference themes:

  • Development challenges of metropolises and peripheries
  • Cohesion Policy
  • Spatial inequalities, Spatial planning policy
  • Urban functional areas
  • Future of cities
  • Urban theory and strategy
  • Suburbanization, re-urbanization, and re-vitalization
  • Local resources
  • Technical and social infrastructure
  • Labour markets, commuting, distant work
  • Dominant/prime city
  • Economic growth
  • Inclusive growth
  • Spatial distribution and effects of FDI
  • Integrated territorial investments
  • Smart specialization, industrial strategy
  • Innovation and competitiveness
  • Cross-border regions and transnational cooperation
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Socio-economic exclusion
  • Quality of life and wellbeing
  • Education, culture, tourism

Date: September 11, 2019 - September 13, 2019

Abstract submission: 21st May 2019

More information could be found on the website: https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/cee2019/