June 2017 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2017 issue of the NARSCNews. This June 2017  edition of the newsletter includes special entries from Morton O’Kelly and Rick Church in addition to announcement of recent grant recipients among NARSC members.

Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ran Wei.

 

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Call for Papers on Earnings and Career Advancement Possibilities for Low-wage Workers

Call for Papers on Earnings and Career Advancement Possibilities for Low-wage Workers
Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ) is seeking research manuscripts for a special issue highlighting economic development and workforce policies that increase earnings and advance the careers of workers in low-wage services sectors. EDQ is the premiere applied academic journal publishing research on domestic U.S. development issues. Its mission is to promote research supporting the formulation of evidence-based economic development and workforce development policy, programs, and practice in the United States.

EDQ and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research are seeking high quality research that would advance our understanding of the factors that impact the current and future earning potential of individuals in low-wage services jobs positions.

Possible research questions are:

  1. What are the trends of low-wage services sectors in terms of hours, wages, employment? How does this impact labor force participation across U.S. regions? What are the policy implications based on these trends?
  2. What is the age profile of low-wage services workers? What U.S. regions have the highest/lowest concentration of younger/older low-wage services workers? What do these results mean for these regional labor markets?
  3. What are the possible career ladder opportunities in these sectors? Would the labor markets support these career-ladder opportunities once achieved?
  4. What are education trends and retraining opportunities for low-wage workers?
  5. What are the strengths and weaknesses of tourism as a base industry?
  6. What are the roles for government transfer payments (e.g., social security payments) to these sectors?
  7. What is the relationship between high-wage and low-wage services workers? Is there a significant spillover effect of high-wage jobs on the low-wage jobs?
  8. What policies—public and private—could be implemented that could improve the economic well-being of these workers, such as
    1. Increasing the minimum wage for these sectors?
    2. Expanding the earned income tax credit?
    3. Expanding internal and external career opportunities or career ladders for workers in low-wage services sectors?

Submission Guidelines

These topics are offered as only suggestions.  Papers must address key issues and suggest policy implications that inform human resources practices as well as domestic U.S. or state/local workplace policies or practices.  Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Topic ideas with abstract/outline must be emailed to edq@upjohn.org by August 25, 2017.

We are requesting interested authors to submit a 1 to 2-page abstract/outline of the proposed research. EDQ editors Timothy Bartik and George Erickcek will invite selected authors to participate in a one-day roundtable discussion at the W.E. Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan in mid-October, where they will present preliminary dimensions of their research and receive feedback from invited discussants.  Transportation and lodging will be paid for the selected authors.  

Authors will then be asked to submit their papers to EDQ by no later than March 1, 2018.  EDQ will make every effort to expedite the papers through the peer-review process for inclusion in the journal’s 2018 November issue.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Proposed abstract/research outline due by August 25, 2017
  • Selected authors notified by September 11, 2017
  • Target the week of October 16thfor an authors’ roundtable, during which the primary author will be asked to present a detailed outline of the paper, data sources, proposed methodology, and potential issues to a peer group of researchers for feedback
  • Completed research papers must be submitted to EDQ no later than March 1, 2018
  • Target November 2018 for release of EDQ Special Issue (but may be published online in advance)

Sponsors

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment (www.upjohn.org).

 

Post-doc Position- Regional Economic Growth and Development

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) is a small research and outreach unit located in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.   Our mission is to work on a range of issues with land grant universities and other partners in the Northeast as well as nationally in support of rural development.

The NERCRD seeks applications for a one-year post-doc position, with good chances of renewal subject to funding.  The post-doc will be responsible for conducting economic and statistical analyses on a wide range of rural development topics, as determined by the Center’s emerging needs and priorities.  There is a strong expectation that this research will contribute both to the science base as well as to informing U.S. rural economic development policy.   A part of the research portfolio will include assessing the impacts of different federal policies over time and space. Importantly, the opportunity exists to work with Penn State’s Census Data Center.  Examples of topics to be studied range from policy impact assessments (including the impact of farm subsidies and extension education); determinants of poverty including the roles of automation and global competition; and the interdependence of rural and urban areas, as well as agricultural and non-agricultural industries; to the determinants of health and well-being, including addiction and drug overdoses.

Qualifications: The candidate will have extensive training in state-of-the-art economics or a related field and econometric analysis, including spatial statistics, as well as excellent communications and writing skills.  In addition, he or she will have extensive experience with a variety of statistical packages.  The candidate needs to be able to both work well independently and also to function effectively in a team setting.

To apply send a statement of interest in the position, two writing samples, and names of and contact information for three references to sgoetz@psu.edu .

European Commission- Project Officer (Migration and Demography)

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/

The current vacancy is with the Demography, Migration and Governance Unit, of the Space Security and Migration Directorate. This Unit carries out research in support of EU policies on migration and is responsible for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography.

The European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) is a Commission’s independent body – steered by all the relevant services – tasked to provide solid scientific evidence for the development, implementation and evaluation of migration and demographic policies, not only in the framework of the migration and refugee crisis, but also in managing migration and addressing the demographic decline in the medium to longer term.

The KCMD is there to support and help to anticipate trends, and it serves the objectives of the European Agenda on Migration. The three pillars of the KCMD are: 1) Building the evidence base, conducting analysis and foresight; 2) Exploiting the knowledge base and facilitating uptake by stakeholders; 3) Partnerships and networking to extend the knowledge base. The JRC is responsible for its daily activities.

The successful candidate will contribute to on-going underpinning lines of research in the framework of the work undertaken by the KCMD. This research will concern the use of novel and alternative data sources to fill existing gaps of information relevant for migration and mobility. The successful candidate will be requested to handle, pre-process and analyse large amount of data covering, among others, the following:

  •   development and testing of a model to predict migration flows and stocks on the basis of international air passengers’ data;
  •   analysis of public perceptions on migration on the basis of data specifically collected from Twitter for the purpose;
  •   analysis of international mobility and ethnic segregation on the basis of mobile phone data.

    The candidates should have completed post-graduate level studies in the field of data science, computer science, statistics or relevant discipline. They need to have either a PhD degree or at least 5 years of relevant working experience after their master’s degree and a good publication record.

    The job requires capacity to clean, pre-process and analyse large volumes of data. A good knowledge of programming in Python, R and data analytics software is required.

    Experience in developing models and in data-driven research in the fields of human mobility and migration or public perceptions will be considered an asset.

    The candidate will be expected to co-author technical reports and scientific publications, in addition to servicing requests for analysis.

    Good knowledge of oral and written English (B2 level), communication and presentation skills are necessary.

    See attached: Project Officer- Migration and Demography

European Commission Job Opening- Project Officer (Labour Economics and migration)

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/

The current vacancy is with the Demography, Migration and Governance Unit, of the Space Security and Migration Directorate. This Unit carries out research in support of EU policies on migration and is responsible for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography.

The European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) is a Commission’s independent body – steered by all the relevant services – tasked to provide solid scientific evidence for the development, implementation and evaluation of migration and demographic policies, not only in the framework of the migration and refugee crisis, but also in managing migration and addressing the demographic decline in the medium to longer term.

The KCMD is there to support and help to anticipate trends, and it serves the objectives of the European Agenda on Migration. The three pillars of the KCMD are: 1) Building the evidence base, conducting analysis and foresight; 2) Exploiting the knowledge base and facilitating uptake by stakeholders; 3) Partnerships and networking to extend the knowledge base. The JRC is responsible for its daily activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in the area of labour economics and migration and in particular to:

  •   draft policy briefs synthetizing the existing literature and knowledge on the integration of migrants in the labour market;
  •   clean and process microdata from international labour and social surveys;
  •   perform statistical and econometric analysis;
  •   formulate policy advice in the area of legal migration and the integration of migrants.

    The candidate will be expected to co-author technical reports, scientific publications and policy briefs.

    Qualifications:

    The job requires an advanced university degree in economics and either a PhD degree or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience after having completed university studies in labour economics with background on quantitative methods and econometric models.

    Key requirements are excellent drafting skills in English (C2 level) not only for academic papers but also for communication material targeted at a policy audience. Oral English C1 level.

    The candidate should have proven track record in applied labour economics research and publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

    Desirable requirements are expert knowledge and experience in the use of statistical and econometric software (e.g. R, SPSS, STATA).

    Experience of working on issues related to migration would be desirable.

    See attached: Project Officer- Labour economics and migration

Lecturer Position Community and Regional Planning Iowa State University

The Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Design at Iowa State University invites applications as part of a lecturer search. The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the department and the College of Design while teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

Teaching responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, teaching a policy analysis course at the graduate level.

More details can be found here – https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/27098.

Call For Papers: Special Issue of Regional Science Policy and Practice

Call For Papers: Special Issue of Regional Science Policy and Practice: Local Entrepreneurship and Tourism: Policies and Practices in Peripheral Areas”

Edited by Maria Giulia Pezzi (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy), Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy) and Neil Reid (University of Toledo, USA)

Discussing the linkages between local entrepreneurship and tourism provides an intriguing starting point for a wider reflection on the role of existing policies and of emerging practices in fostering local development in peripheral areas.

Peripheral areas can be considered as areas relatively far from urban hubs providing essential services, typically suffering from de-anthropisation and marginalisation, though provided with a wide range of environmental, cultural and social resources.

In this sense, the investigation of the linkages between local entrepreneurship and tourism in peripheral areas, and of the role of existing policies and of the arising bottom-up practices in fostering local development, is aimed at deconstructing basic dichotomies often emerging when dealing with such issues, i.e. rural-urban and/or centre-periphery relationships, innovation vs tradition, authenticity vs mise en scene, agency vs inertia, social, cultural, economic mobility vs immobility etc. Moreover, focussing attention on the possible compliance or conflicting strategies of local actors with existing policies allows the possibilities arising from the analysis of local entrepreneurs as agents of change to be taken into consideration

In focusing on relevant case studies we are able to shed light on local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas in relation to tourism. Representative topics shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the concept of peripherality in relation to tourism entrepreneurialism and the emergence of peculiar tourism-niches (e.g. food tourism in rural areas);
  • The role of local entrepreneurship in the development of tourism in peripheral areas as a form of resilience to the implications of (economic) marginality;
  • Migrants’ forms of agency and their impact on local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas in relation to the leisure market (i.e. leisure migrants);
  • The possible ways in which different takes on tradition and innovation can influence territorial marketing strategies in peripheral areas;
  • The “tourismification” and/ or “touristification” (Salazar 2009) of material and immaterial heritage in peripheral areas as a possible consequence of local entrepreneurship;
  • Key factors in the development of a tourism-led local entrepreneurship in peripheral areas;
  • Challenges of tourism promotion and local development: the urban- rural nexus;
  • Competitive strategies among local entrepreneurs in rural/peripheral area tourism.

We welcome submissions of relevant case studies analyses from economics, regional sciences, anthropology, sociology, geography, and critical tourism/leisure studies.

Submission Process

Abstracts of max 300 words, written in English, should be submitted for selection to Maria Giulia Pezzi at giulia.pezzi@gssi.it, by August 31st, 2017. Please CC Alessandra Faggian (alessandra.faggian@gssi.it) and Neil Reid (neil.reid@utoledo.edu).

Acceptance will be notified by September 15th, 2017.

Full papers to be submitted by December 20th, 2017

The special issue is expected to be published by June 2018.

The following information should be included with the abstract:

– Title of submitted paper

– Name(s) of Author(s), affiliation, email

– Professional background/current position

ENDOGENOUS AMENITIES AND CITIES

Call for Papers

ENDOGENOUS AMENITIES AND CITIES

The Journal of Regional Science invites submission of papers for a research symposium and special issue on “Endogenous Amenities and Cities,” to be held April 26-28, 2018 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

The revival of downtowns in the United States has increased interest in the role played in the dynamics of local economies by amenities that vary with economic conditions. A partial list of such amenities might include restaurants, theaters, music venues, apparel stores, crime and pollution avoidance, and public facilities such as swimming pools, parks and other open spaces, public transport nodes, and sense of place projects. It could also be the case that the sheer presence of a college-educated or skilled workforce creates an amenity for other skilled workers.

This symposium and special issue will bring together researchers and invited discussants for an exchange of knowledge and ideas on a topic central to understanding developments in modern cities. A partial list of suitable topics includes:

  •   General relations of endogenous amenities with commuting costs, house prices and wages between and within cities.
  •   Differential valuation of endogenous amenities across socio-economic groups, and the implications for group-specific cost-of-living indexes, between-group real wage disparities, and sorting between and within cities.
  •   Comparing amenity and labor demand effects, such as skill-based productivity spillovers, in explaining differences in wage differentials and concentration of skilled labor between and within cities.
  •   Spatial relations between natural and historic amenities and endogenous amenities and challenges posed to identification of causal effects. This could be carried out for a single city or by comparing multiple cities both within and/or across countries.

    Submission Deadline

    November 1, 2017

    Special Issue Editors

    Daniel Broxterman, Florida State University
    N. Edward Coulson, University of California – Irvine, co-ed., Journal of Regional Science Keith Ihlanfeldt, Florida State University
    Mariya Letdin, Florida State University
    Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University

    Submission

    Papers or well developed abstracts should be submitted via email to dbroxterman@fsu.edu. Preference will be given to complete papers.

Organizers and Schedule

The symposium is made possible by generous support of the DeVoe L. Moore Center and the FSU Real Estate Center at Florida State University. The organizers are pleased to reimburse transportation and hotel expenses for presenting author(s) up to $1,500 total per presented paper, as well as provide all on-site meal costs.

The organizers aim to have between eight and twelve papers presented during the day- and-a-half program with sufficient time allotted for in-depth discussion of each paper. There will be no concurrent sessions so that all attendees can attend all presentations. Participants are expected to arrive on Thursday, April 26th. The preliminary program is as follows:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 PM Welcome reception and dinner

Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 7:00 PM

2-4 paper session Lunch
2-4 paper session Dinner

Saturday, April 28, 2018

9:00 AM 2-4 paper session 12:00 PM Closing lunch

Presented papers will be considered for submission, at the invitation of the editors, for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Regional Science subject to the Journal’s standard peer review and publication guidelines.

The DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University (www.coss.fsu.edu/dmc) is an interdisciplinary unit within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy that is dedicated to increasing knowledge and public understanding about the role of government in a market economy. The Center emphasizes the study of how government rules, regulations, and programs affect the economy and individuals.

The FSU Real Estate Center at Florida State University (www.fsurealestate.com) is established to enhance the academic real estate program at FSU; expand student opportunities; broaden our understanding of the economic, social, and environmental fabric of our urban communities through research; and engage its alumni, academic, and professional constituencies.

Timeline

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017 Author Notification: December 1, 2017 Complete Papers Due: April 1, 2018 Symposium: April 26-28, 2018

The Economic Development Specialist: Ohio University

The Economic Development Specialist will conduct applied research on community and economic development projects in conjunction with the supervisor, professional staff, and students. Position duties include using common economic development analytical techniques to compile and analyze publicly-available economic, demographic, industry, and occupational data; conduct industry cluster analysis; and conduct economic impact analyses and other research using common economics-based statistical techniques. Strong academic and professional writing skills are required to contribute to research reports. The position will assist the supervisor and other faculty and staff with writing grant proposals and managing projects. Experience with research and practice grounded in economic concepts and their application in a rural area is preferred.
 
Research duties include compiling and analyzing economic, demographic, industry, and occupational trend data using common economic development techniques, including, but not limited to calculation of location quotients, industry cluster analysis, shift-share analysis, retail pull factors calculation, skillshed analysis, and economic forecasting based on publicly-available data such as U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and similar data sources. This position will also collaborate with economic development project leaders, staff, and students on economic and community development projects as assigned; assist with managing multiple projects; write grant applications, project reports; and prepare and deliver presentations.
 
This position is based at Ohio University’s Athens campus.
 
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a grant funded position and is available immediately after the search.

Lindsay E. Relihan of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania to Receive the Seventeenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science

Lindsay E. Relihan, a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was selected as the winner of the Seventeenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide a 2017–2018 Academic Year stipend of $30,000 to support Ms. Relihan in her dissertation research entitled, ‘Is Amazon Killing Starbucks? How Online Retail Affects Local Economies.’

The research will investigate how the purchase of a product online may shift the entire set of goods purchased by a consumer, impacting both retailers who directly compete with online platforms and retailers that benefit from consumer interaction with online establishments. She will use a new dataset containing the purchases of millions of anonymized households to make a more detailed study of the effects of online retail on offline economies than has yet been possible. These results will impact any entity affected by the rise of online retail, including policy makers and urban planners who need to prepare for structural changes in local economies and firms whose success depends on their ability to compete in a world with online retail. The research is supervised by Professor Gilles Duranton, Chair of the Real Estate Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Elena Irwin of The Ohio State University, summarizes the reasons Ms. Relihan’s proposal stood out among an extremely strong field of entries for the 2017-18 competition:

“Lindsay’s proposal topic is central to local economies and regional economics: the effects of on-line retail on offline bricks-and-mortar stores. Lindsay’s question is novel and important: she focuses not on direct competition between on and offline shopping, a well-studied topic, but rather asks what are the effects of online shopping on services that are complementary to offline shopping, e.g., going to a restaurant.

The most impressive aspects of this work are the data and empirical approach: to identify the patterns of complementarities and substitution between on and offline shopping, one needs highly detailed data. Through her confidential access to such data through a major financial institution, Lindsay has assembled daily data at an individual consumer level on different card purchases, representing millions of observations on hundreds of transactions by each individual.

Another very impressive aspect of the proposed work is her careful attention to establishing causality. She proposes to make use of the expansion of multiple online grocery platforms (including those like Amazon Fresh, Peapod, Fresh Direct, etc.), and takes the short-term location decisions of offline retailers (as with coffee shops like Starbucks) as fixed to identify how online product availability and store accessibility alter individuals’ shopping patterns. Her approach underscores the central role of space in studying these retail consumption patterns.

This work will contribute a new understanding of the substitution and complementarities between on and offline retailing. In addition to being an important and novel scholarly contribution, the research is expected to generate new insights that will be of keen interest to local and state policy makers and development professionals.”

The Fellowship is awarded in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend continues to have a profound impact on the field of regional science. Fundraising efforts to increase the Fellowship’s endowment are ongoing. Donations should be sent to: The Stevens Fellowship Fund, First Financial Bank, 1205 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 USA. Checks should be drawn to The Stevens Fellowship Fund. Donations may also be made by credit card through the NARSC website at www.narsc.org/newsite/donations2.php.

This most recent Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed of: Laurie Schintler, Public Policy, George Mason University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, Chair; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics, Université du Québec; Amanda Weinstein, Economics, The University of Akron; and Elizabeth Mack, Geography, Michigan State University. The Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Tony Smith, Chair; David Plane, Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of NARSC.

The Committee thanks the 29 students who entered the competition in 2017, as well as their dissertation supervisors. Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs related to the interdisciplinary field of Regional Science are urged to encourage their best students to apply for the Eighteenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2018–2019 year with a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2018. Full submission guidelines will be posted at www.narsc.org/newsite/awards-prizes/stevens-graduate-fellowship/.

 

June 2017

THE BENJAMIN H. STEVENS 2018–2019 GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN REGIONAL SCIENCE

Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Eighteenth Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, administered by the North American Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI). This Fellowship, in support of dissertation research in Regional Science, is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend had a profound impact on the field. Regional Science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.

Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time the Fellowship commences. A requirement of the Fellowship is that the recipient has no duties other than dissertation research during the Fellowship, although the recipient may hold other fellowships concurrently. Applications from students working in any area or any Ph.D. program are welcome as long as their dissertation research addresses a research question in Regional Science.

The Fellowship consists of a stipend in the amount of $30,000 (U.S.), paid over a twelve-month period. Applications for the 2018–2019 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Professor Mario Polèse, mario.polese@ucs.inrs.ca by the deadline of February 15, 2018.

An application consists of the following materials:

1. A curriculum vita of no more than two (2) pages in length.

2. A statement in ten (10) pages or less explaining the questions and issues to be addressed, the approach to be used, and the product expected from the dissertation research, preceded by a summary (1-page maximum) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, and the broader impacts that may result. The 10-page limit is inclusive of references, but exclusive of tables and figures. This text should be in 12-point or larger font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; references may be single-spaced.

3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

In addition, the dissertation supervisor shall provide a confidential letter sent separately as an attachment from her/his email account with the student’s name in the subject line to Professor Mario Polèse. In the letter the supervisor should assess the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research, specify the current state of progress toward the candidate’s degree and provide a commitment by the dissertation supervisor to obtain a tuition waiver for the candidate for the year of the Fellowship. A condition of the Fellowship is the granting of a tuition waiver for the year of the Fellowship by the university, or equivalent payment of the student’s tuition.

Applications should be emailed to Professor Mario Polèse at mario.polese@ucs.inrs.ca. Questions may also be sent to him at mario.polese@ucs.inrs.ca. For information about the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), go to www.narsc.org. For information about the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), go to www.regionalscience.org.

May 13, 2015
Last revised, June 15, 2017

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