NARSC Awards & Prizes

NARSC AwardsAt the annual North American conference of the RSAI, the
NARSC Council bestows the following awards.

Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement
This award is named in honor of Professor Walter Isard, father of Regional Science, founder of the Regional Science Association, and a leading scholar in the worldwide Regional Science community. Established in 1994, the award pays tribute to regional scientists who have made significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the field of Regional Science throughout their careers.


Past recipients of this prestigious award include the following regional scientists:

1994 Walter Isard
1995 Charles Leven
1996 Ann Markusen and Karen R. Polenske
1997 Arthur Getis and Peter Nijkamp
1998 Masahisa Fujita and Jean Paelinck
1999 Britton Harris and Tony Smith
2000 John Quigley and Andrei Rogers
2001 Carol Taylor-West
2002 Michael Greenwood
2003 Geoffrey J.D. Hewings
2004 Niles Hansen and Harry Richardson
2005 Luc Anselin
2006 Ronald E. Miller and Charles ReVelle
2007 Brian J. L. Berry and Lawrence Brown
2008 Richard J. Arnott and Jan K. Brueckner
2009 William Strange
2010 Jacques-François Thisse
2011 Vernon Henderson
2012 Anna Nagurney
2013 Stuart Rosenthal

David Boyce Award for Service to Regional Science
This award honors Professor David Boyce, a prominent figure in Regional Science who promoted the Regional Science Association for a number of years and was instrumental in its long term success. The award acknowledges the service contributions that members have made to Regional Science organizations.

Past recipients of this prestigious award include the following regional scientists:

1994 David Boyce and Lay Gibson
1995 Geoffrey Hewings and Ronald Miller
1996 Ben Stevens and Morgan Thomas
1997 Manas Chatterjee and Kingsley Haynes
1998 Hugh Knox and Charles ReVelle
1999 Andrew Isserman and David Plane
2000 Mark Henry and Jock Munro
2001 J.W. Harrington and John Kort
2002 Gordon Mulligan
2003 Kieran Donaghy
2004 Adrian Esparza
2005 John Quigley
2006 Roger Bolton
2007 Randall Jackson
2008 Jean-Claude Thill
2009 Michael Teitz
2010 Janice Fanning Madden
2011 Janet Kohlhase
2012 Bruce Newbold
2013 Marlon Boarnet & Mark Partridge

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award
Named in honor of Professor Geoffrey J.D. Hewings who over the years introduced numerous graduate students to Regional Science and mentored them as young scholars. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to Regional Science research by scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies.

Past recipients of this prestigious award include the following regional scientists:

1995 Brigitte Waldorf
1996 Jean-Claude Thill
1997 Harvey Miller
1998 Serge Rey
1999 Ayse Can and Hesham Abdel Rahman
2000 Maureen Kilkenny
2001 Edward Feser
2002 Philip McCann
2003 Amitrajeet Batabyal
2004 Alan Murray
2005 Diego Puga
2006 Kara Kockelman
2007 Gilles Duranton
2008 Elena G. Irwin
2009 Henry Overman
2010 Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
2011 Nathaniel Baum-Snow
2012 Kristian Behrens
2013 Laurent Gobillion

Special Recognition Awards
Occasionally, the North American Regional Science Council wishes to recognize the special contribution of individuals to the advancement and support for Regional Science in North America .

The following individuals have received Special Awards:

1995 Beth Carbonneau
1999 Bill Williamson
2001 Jean-Claude Thill
2003 Walter Isard
2006 John Current
2013 David Boyce

The William Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science

The William Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science was established in 1999 to honor the memory of a revered, pioneering scholar. In 1960 William Alonso was awarded the first Ph.D. in Regional Science by the University of Pennsylvania. The book based on his dissertation, Location and Land Use (Harvard University Press, 1964), is often credited with launching the field of urban economics. He made numerous major contributions to the study of migration, regional development, and the politics of numbers, and his work ranged from meticulous mathematical theory to far-ranging think pieces. William Alonso was Assistant and Associate Professor of Regional Planning at Harvard University (1959-67), Professor of Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley (1966-76), and Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Policy at Harvard (1976-99).

The objective of the Prize is to recognize the recent innovative research contribution of Regional Science scholars in the spirit of Dr. William Alonso. The First Alonso Prize was awarded to Masahisa Fujita and Paul Krugman in 2002 for The Spatial Economy (MIT Press, 1999). The second Alonso Prize was awarded to Jacques-François Thisse in 2004 for Economics of Agglomeration (Cambridge University Press, 2002).  Luc Anselin and Ann Markusen shared the third Alonso Prize awarded in November 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, respectively for “Local Indicators of Spatial Association,” Geographical Analysis, 1995, and “Sticky Places in Slippery Space,” Economic Geography, 1996. The 2011 Prize was announced at the occasion of the 2010 North American Meetings of RSAI, and is to Michael Batty for Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2007). The next prize, the 2015 Prize, is scheduled to be announced in 2014 at the occasion of the North American Meetings.

Although occasionally awarded to an article, the Alonso Prize is primarily a book prize. A book’s key idea might have been presented first in a journal article, such as Alonso’s “A Theory of the Urban Land Market,” Papers of the Regional Science Association, 1960, but its fuller development and synthesis with other work can make the book innovative and eligible for the Prize.

Nominations for the 2015 prize to be announced in 2014 are invited by the Alonso Prize Committee. They may come from any individual or organization including book publishers, university departments, government agencies, and other public or private entities. Each organizations is limited to make two nominations for each occasion. The deadline for nominations is July 30, 2014.

  • The nominated work must be a book published in 2007 or later. An edited book will be considered only if it is tightly-integrated, not a loose collection of chapters.
  • The nominated work may have single or multiple authors.
  • Authors are encouraged to self-nominate, and jurors will not know which books were self-nominated.
  • Previously nominated books may be re-nominated and will be considered anew.
  • Six copies of the book must be received by the deadline at Alonso Prize Committee, GeoDa Center, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Coor Hall, MC-05302, P.O. Box 875302,  975 S. Myrtle Avenue, Temple, AZ 85287-5302
  • To nominate a book (1) send an e-mail to luc.anselin@asu.edu with citation information, such as William Alonso, Location and Land Use, Harvard University Press, 1964, (2) attach up to three published book reviews, if available, using pdf files, and (3) arrange for the six copies to be sent, usually by the author or publisher. No letters of nomination or support are required, and, if provided, will not be sent to jurors. The selection criteria are innovation and expected impact.

Members of the Prize Committee include:

Professor Luc Anselin, Chair, Arizona State University, Tempe, luc.anselin@asu.edu
Professor Kyung-Hwan Kim, Sogan University, stamitzkim@gmail.com
Professor David Plane, University of Arizona, plane@email.arizona.edu
Professor Philip McCann, University of Groningen, p.mccann@rug.nl
Professor Janet Kolhase, University of Houston, kohlhase@central.uh.edu

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