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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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

In Memory of Martin Beckman

BECKMANN, MARTIN
born in Ratingen, Germany died Tuesday in Providence at the age of 92. His youth was marred by war, when he was drafted into the German army. It was a traumatic experience that he refused to discuss. After the war, Martin studied mathematics and economics at Goettingen and Freiburg Universities, did postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, and took an assistant professorship at Yale University, where he met and married Gloria Rice. Martin became an acclaimed and beloved scholar, who won numerous awards and several honorary degrees for his groundbreaking work in transportation theory and location theory. He held simultaneous professorships in economics at Brown University and the Universitaet of Bonn, and later in applied mathematics at the Technische Universitat in Munich. Martin and Gloria were married for 58 years, had 4 children, and spent each year in 2 households, one in Providence and one in Germany. They shared a passion for music (he listened, she played), but only Martin was an avid collector of books. He overfilled both houses with many thousands of books, to Gloria’s chagrin. Martin had an unparalleled zest for life. He lived life to the fullest and took every opportunity, especially for travel. “See the world before you leave it” he said, and he did. Martin is survived by his 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visiting hours Saturday 3-6 pm, 77 Arlington Avenue, Providence.

Published in The Providence Journal from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2017

Martin Beckmann Obituary from Brown U

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association- Call for Editors

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association
The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy
Call for Editors
Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy
The Executive Committee of the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) is accepting applications for Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. The Journal is the scholarly publication of the MCRSA and is a web-based open-access journal at http://www.jrap-journal.org/.
The official term for the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) (or co-editors) will commence in January 2018 (the editorial transition actually will start in summer/fall 2017) and is for five years (until December 2023) with a possible reappointment of up to an additional five years.
The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy (JRAP) publishes high quality regional science manuscripts that are theory-based, empirically sound, and policy-relevant. The Journal’s primary audience is regional scientists from economics, geography, political science, planning, sociology, and related disciplines that merit the attention of regional scientists. The Journal publishes two issues per year, but will occasionally publish a special issue or themed issue. JRAP currently ranks in approximately the 72nd percentile among journals listed in Research Papers in Economics (RePec) and aspires to a continued trajectory of higher impact.
Duties
The EIC/Co-Editors are responsible for running JRAP as a double-blinded, high quality research outlet in the broad field of Regional Economics (broadly defined). The EIC will acknowledge all submissions and assign a submission number to each submission. Subsequently, the EIC will read each submission to ensure that the submission is appropriate in terms of subject matter for JRAP and to assess whether that the paper is of sufficient general quality to warrant processing through refereeing. Papers unsuitable for JRAP will be subject to a diplomatic “desk rejection.” Papers potentially suitable for JRAP will be sent to two or three referees at the discretion of the EIC. The Editorial Board of the Journal shall be a source of referees, but referees need not be Editorial Board members. Referees ordinarily are requested to render a recommendation within eight weeks in any of the following forms: Accept as is, Accept with minor revision, Revise and Resubmit (minor), Revise and Resubmit (major), or Reject. (The EIC will send reminder e-mails to overdue reports). Based on these reports, as well as the professional assessment of the EIC, the EIC responds to the corresponding author of each submission. The EIC oversees revisions according to her/his professional judgment. Authors of Accepted articles are expected to format their papers to conform to JRAP style and then send it to the Production Editor. The EIC occasionally will edit papers at this stage, seeking to clarify written exposition and/or shorten papers where appropriate.

Qualifications
Candidates must hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or non-academic setting. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
In accordance with MCRSA’s mission to publish high quality scholarship and policy relevant work, the following criteria are considered in selecting editors:
(1) An established record of scholarship;
(2) Evidence of understanding the mission of the journal and its operation, indicated by
experience with the journal/series across any of a wide variety of activities (submission,
reviewing, editorial board experience);
(3) Assessment of the present state of the journal/series, its strengths and challenges, and a
vision for the journal/series’ future;
(4) Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to regional science; and
(5) A record of responsible service to scholarly publishing and evidence of organizational skill
and intellectual leadership.
The time demands associated with these responsibilities vary from week to week, but in general, require one full day per week.
The MCRSA encourages applications for both sole editorship and co-editorships.
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Committee. It is possible that prospective editors will be contacted to clarify any issues raised in the deliberations. The application packet should include:
(1) Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of the journal. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will operationalize your plan.
(2) Editor/Co-Editor Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors is required. Name only those individuals who will serve as editor/co-editor. Please do not include names of individuals that you would like/plan to include on the larger editorial board. Contacting potential editorial board members can be a time-consuming task that should be done only after an editor is selected.
(3) Institutional Support: It is important for candidates to consider and address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources MCRSA can provide and those likely to be available to the candidate. The MCRSA does not pay for office space or release time, but provides basic financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. This support may include funds for clerical assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution.
Application packets (as described above) should be no more than three pages (excluding vitae) and should be sent via email by June 1, 2017 to: Steve Deller, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Email: scdeller@wisc.edu. Questions may be directed to Deller at 608-263-6251.

The University of Western Australia- PhD Scholarship

The University of Western Australia
Faculty of Science
School of Agriculture and Environment, Centre of Regional Development
3 years
PhD Scholarship from the Australian Research Council and stipend from the University of Western Australia to cover living in Perth, international tuition fees and international student health cover expenses

The University of Western Australia is currently seeking a PhD student in the field of economic geography, broadly defined. Three years of funding are provided, including a stipend to cover the living allowance, full international tuition feels and international student health cover.
The PhD project is tied to an ARC Discovery Grant (DP170104359) regarding the resource economies of Australian cities. It will seek to offer innovative insights into how Australian cities are integrated into the global economy through firm-based linkages. There are two principal components to this research—a macro-scale focus on cities’ situation with in the global economy, and a micro-scale focus on specific industry-based agglomerations within major cities. It will contribute to understanding how Australian cities are situated within overlapping global networks of information, knowledge, resources, human, and capital flows through the lens of multiple industry sectors, and more concretely how the resources sector is organised ‘on the ground’ within Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney vis-à-vis various locational, institutional, and political factors. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are favourable, and the thesis is likely to incorporate a mixed-methods perspective.
The PhD will be positioned at The University of Western Australia in Perth, but will be supervised by an international team of from The University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland and Ghent University. The University of Western Australia and University of Queensland are ranked amongst the top Australian universities and members of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities. All three universities are ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by ARWU.

Perth is one of Australia’s largest capital cities, and a major destination for international students. With just over 2 million residents, and situated on the Swan River it has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world by Economist Intelligence Unit.

For further information, contact Dr Kirsten Martinus at kirsten.martinus@uwa.edu.au.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
Desire to learn new skills and theoretical models
Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and data sources
Willingness to accept feedback from multiple perspectives
A background in human geography or related field
Dedication to completing a PhD
Completion of a Master’s Degree or Honours (UWA 1st Class or equivalent)

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

The Stan Czamanski Prize is awarded by the Regional Science Association International in memory of Professor Stan Czamanski, an early recipient of a Ph.D. in regional science (1963), a member of the University of Pennsylvania regional science faculty (1963-1966), a member of the regional science faculty of Cornell University (1966-1988), and a past-president of the Regional Science Association (1975-1976).
The annual prize is awarded to author of the best Ph.D. dissertation proposal judged to exemplify the philosophy and approach of Professor Czamanski, as described below.
The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.
The selection will be made by a panel of three persons: a senior and long-standing member of the regional science community, a representative of the field of Regional Science at Cornell and a member of the RSAI Council.
Students writing dissertations on problems in regional science from around the world are invited to enter the competition, in the spirit of Stan’s all-embracing philosophy.
The award is presented at the North American Regional Science Meetings.
 
Rules of the competition
Applications are to be submitted by October 02 of 2017 to rsai@apdr.pt . To be eligible, the dissertation proposal must have been defended and approved during the past 12 months.
 
Each applicant will submit the following:
1. A statement in six pages or less that clearly sets out the research question(s) and issues to be addressed, approach to be used, and product expected from the dissertation research. The six-page limit is exclusive of references, tables and figures. This text and references should be in 12 point or larger font and single-spaced. In addition, a summary (maximum one page) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research and why the proposed approach may be regarded as implementing Professor Czamanski’s philosophy and approach, as described below.
2. A curriculum vita of no more than two pages.
3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
4. A separate, confidential letter from the dissertation supervisor assessing the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research.

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