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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Statistics Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Statistics Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides recent PhD graduates with the unique opportunity to conduct high quality research at one of the world’s leading statistical agencies. The research conducted at Statistics Canada advances knowledge on emerging issues related to Canadian society and informs Canada’s policies and programs.  For more information see https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?toggleLanguage=en&poster=1100174

La bourse postdoctorale de Statistique Canada fournit une occasion unique aux personnes qui ont récemment obtenu leur doctorat de mener des recherches de grande qualité au sein de l’un des chefs de file mondiaux en statistique. La recherche menée à Statistique Canada fait progresser la connaissance sur des enjeux émergents liés à la société canadienne et façonne les programmes et les politiques au Canada. Pour plus d’informations voir https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1100174&toggleLanguage=fr

Job Opening- Chair, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, effective July 1, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and rank. Candidate requirements include: 1) a doctoral degree in a field in or related to one of the Department’s academic programs (Geography, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and Meteorology); 2) credentials and experience appropriate for a senior‐level appointment at a growing, urban doctoral university classified as having high research activity; 3) demonstrated ability and experience in administration and leadership of multidisciplinary groups; 4) a record of securing external funding; 5) and a demonstrated commitment to promote diversity as a value in the department, college and university.  For more information see attachment.

Postdoc Position- The Indiana Business and Research Center

The Indiana Business Research Center seeks applications for a one-year post-doc position, with good chances of renewal subject to funding and satisfactory performance. The post-doc will be responsible for conducting economic and statistical analyses on a wide range of regional economic development topics, as determined by the Center’s emerging needs and priorities. There is a strong expectation that this research will contribute to the disciplines associated with regional science.  For more information see attachment.

Assistant Professor – Economic Development/Planning (University of Toronto)

The Department of Geography & Planning at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Economic Development or Economic Planning. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor starting July 1, 2018.  For more information see the attachment.

Science of Science Communication III Livestreamed

With so many complex and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate science effectively. Watch the National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication III live online November 16 – 17 to hear from researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists, all vested in ensuring that evidence-based science communication thrives. Register to watch the livestream – https://ssc3_webcast.eventbrite.com

Open Position- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  For more information see the attachment.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Urban Economics and Housing

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a long tradition of scholarship in urban economics, especially the economics of housing, land use, and development policies. This scholarly tradition is interdisciplinary, heterogeneous, and socio- spatial. Its central concern is to cultivate knowledge that enhances the capabilities of cities and regions to plan and design socially equitable and ecologically sustainable development, in an increasingly interconnected world.

The Department is seeking to appoint a full-time, tenure-track faculty member, at the rank of assistant or associate professor, to teach and conduct research in urban economics and housing policy, with an emphasis on the United States. The ideal candidate will have a strong research profile in the economics of housing policy and land use. Additional scholarly work that includes research in social policy, urban inequality, poverty alleviation, public finance, or the assessment of urban development policies or projects and their implementation is also desirable. Candidates should be able to engage in team teaching with scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds including urban design, real estate, architecture, civil engineering, law, and other social sciences. The person hired will be expected to teach professional degree candidates in city planning, as well as Ph.D. students within our program.

Basic qualifications include a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in urban planning, economics, finance, management, political science, public administration, public policy, or other related field with a proven commitment to research excellence and demonstrated scholarly potential. Applied work in the practice of housing development, public finance, or other related fields will also be taken into account.

Applications should be submitted through the interfolio website: http://apply.interfolio.com/42231
A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., statement outlining current and future research and teaching interests; and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees.

Review of candidates will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until filled. Please do not send materials by email.

For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff (877-997-8807) or help@interfolio.com. Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott: sandrame@mit.edu.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. EOE.

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
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


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

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