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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Regional Science Perspectives on Tourism and Hospitality- Call for Book Chapter Proposals

This book aims to compile studies of hospitality and tourism from a regional sciences perspective not only to contribute to tourism and regional science literature jointly, but also to assist tourism specialists and policy makers to better understand the impact and the dynamics of tourism development.

We welcome submissions related (but not limited) to:

hospitality and tourism clusters
co-location
labor market implications
innovation in tourism and hospitality
entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality
international and domestic tourism
spatial and temporal variability in tourism
climate change and sustainable tourism
research methods for tourism sciences
quantitative methods applied to the tourism and hospitality industry applications of new technologies in tourism research
natural vs. man-made amenities
urban-rural tourism
destination development
tourism and smart specialization
tourism policies
regional impact of tourism

For more information see attachment.

12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International

The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the Regional Science Association of India invite regional scientists, economists, economic geographers, urban planners, policy makers, and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, with the main theme “Spatial Systems: Social Integration, Regional Development and Sustainability”. The Congress will be hosted by the Regional Science Association of India.

We invite formal paper presentations (deadline of November 30, 2017. The abstract submission portal is now open. Full information on the venue, abstract submission, registration, schedule of events, accommodation and travel information is posted at www.regionalscience.org/2018worldcongress

About the Focal Theme

Across the world, communities are striving to achieve an ecologically and socially secure future. The intricately linked ideas of sustainability and integration are the key to achieving our development goals. As regional scientists, our common pursuit of a sustainable future may be attained with more efficient understanding of the ‘region’ as a spatial unit. Keeping this objective in mind, the theme of the 2018 Congress highlights the importance of analyzing spatial systems as not just physical space or social space, but shared space. The sub-themes will be aimed at providing a platform for debates and discussions around the key issues of contemporary regional science and carve out the way to future research agenda.

Special Sessions

SS00 – Forty Under Forty
Geoffrey Hewings
SS01 – Water management in South Asia: From conflict to cooperation
Paulo Casaca
SS02 – Smart Cities Initiatives for the 21st Century: Myth or Reality
Sumana Banerjee and Vijay Pandey (Chair)
SS03 – Territorial Governance and Local Development in Developing Countries
Andre Torre (Chair) and Habibullah Magsi
SS04 – Spatial Econometric Interaction Modelling
Manfred M. Fischer (Chair) and Yee Leung
SS05 – Spatial Analysis: From Neural Computing to Deep Learning
Yee Leung (Chair) and Manfred M. Fischer
SS06 – Walled Territories
Andrea Székely
SS07 – Economic Corridors, Development and Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Beyond
Siegfried O. Wolf
SS08 – Metropolitan Governance in a conflict, competition and cooperation contexts
Jorge Gonçalves
SS09 – Analytical Approaches to Climate Change at Multiple Scales
Gerrit-Jan Knaap
SS10 – Rural Transformation
Subrata Dutta ​
SS11 – The future of leisure: tourism, mobility and transportation
João Romão (Chair), Peter Nijkamp and Luca Zamparini
SS12 – Transforming Metropolitan Regions: Ideas and Examples
Amit Chatterjee
SS13 – Citizenry and Regional Planning
Subhra Chattopadhyay
SS14 – Revisiting rural-urban dichotomy for integrated regional development
Manisha Jain and Artem Korzhenevych (Chair) ​
SS15 – Conflict, Migration, and Diaspora
Manas Chatterji
SS16 – Comparative Patterns of Indian and Chinese Urbanization
Manas Chatterji
SS17 – Regional Science and Peace Science
Manas Chatterji
SS18 – Natural and Man-Made Disaster Management
Manas Chatterji
SS19 – Globalization and Regional Science
Manas Chatterji

 

Regular Sessions

RS01 – Big Data for Regional Science

RS02 – Cooperation and Development

RS03 – Environmental Issues

RS04 – Infrastructure, Transportation and Accessibility

RS05 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship

RS06 – Location of Economic Activity

RS07 – Methods in Regional Science and Urban Economics

RS08 – Migration and Labor Markets

RS09 – Real Estate and Housing

RS10 – Regional and Urban Policy and Governance

RS11 – Regional Finance, Investment or Capital Markets

RS12 – Rural Development

RS13 – Social Integration

RS14 – Spatial Planning

RS15 – Spatial Systems in Transitional economies

RS16 – Tourism

We look forward to welcoming you in the dazzling city of Goa in May 2018.

With warmest regards,

The Organizing Committee

www.regionalscience.org/2018worldcongress

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis- 10th Annual Conference and Meeting

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is accepting abstracts and workshop proposals for participation in our 2018 annual conference.

The SBCA is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis (BCA). We welcome submissions that support the enhanced use of such analysis to promote evidence-based decision making. We define BCA broadly, including cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, applied welfare economics, damage assessment and other methods.

Abstracts and Proposals Due Date: October 13th, 2017

For more info: see attached

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

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