December 2017 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the December 2017 issue of the NARSCNews. This December 2017  edition of the newsletter includes a special entry from Alessandra Faggian in addition to announcements of recent award 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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The winner of the Eighteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship

Daniel Crown of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, to Receive the Eighteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science

Daniel Crown, a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural, environmental, and development economics at The Ohio State University has been selected as the winner of the Eighteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide a 2018–19 Academic Year stipend of $30,000 to support Mr. Crown in his dissertation research entitled, “Foreign-Born Graduates and Innovation at Domestic Institutions: Evidence from an Australian Skilled Graduate Visa Program.”

The research will investigate the effect of a unique Australian skilled visa program on the innovative output of domestic research institutions. The visa program grants foreign-born graduates temporary residency, post-graduation, and is one potential pathway to permanent residency.  The results will be of interest to policymakers around the world as they consider implementing or refining skilled immigration policies.

Mr. Crown’s doctoral research is supervised by Professor Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State.

Chair of the Selection Committee, Mario Polèse, Emeritus Professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Urbanisation, Université du Québec, details why Daniel Crown’s proposal stood out among an extremely strong field of 36 candidates for the 2018 competition:

“Daniel’s proposal topic goes to the heart of one the main conceptual and empirical challenges in regional science: measuring knowledge spill-overs between skilled workers. Does the presence of skilled workers, foreign-born graduates in this instance, boost the productivity of other workers and, by the same token, their propensity to innovate? To answer the question, Daniel combines a unique dataset, drawn from Australian administrative files, for the full population of approved skilled visa applicants with institution-level data on innovation and start-ups. The use of micro-data allows Daniel to follow the mechanics by which the presence, after graduation, of foreign-born graduates in Australian universities influences the innovative output of domestic researchers.

The Selection Committee was equally impressed by the methodological rigor demonstrated by the proposal. Daniel’s empirical strategy overcomes the potential bias of high-skilled foreign-born students sorting into high-quality research institutions by the introduction of instrumental variables and the use of fixed effects regression models. His preliminary findings, reported in the proposal, show a positive impact on the productivity of domestic researchers.

Finally, the policy-relevance of Daniels’s research requires little comment in a period in which immigration and its presumed impacts are high on the political agenda, not only in North America but around the world.”

In addition to selecting the Fellowship recipient, the Selection Committee identified three applicants as meriting special recognition as Finalists in the 18th Annual Competition: Wanyang Hu, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA, supervised by Rui Wang; Luke Petach, Department of Economics, Colorado State University, supervised by Stephan Weiler; and Seva Rodnyansky, Urban Planning and Development Ph.D. Program, University of Southern California, supervised by Marlon Boarnet.

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, Attn. Trust Department, 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

This most recent Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed of: Daoqin Tong, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics, Université du Québec, Chair; 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 36 students who entered the competition in 2018, 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 Nineteenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2019–2020 year with a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2019. Full submission guidelines will be posted at

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for the position of Public Policy and Leadership Associate/Full /Professor, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The School of Public Policy and Leadership seeks applications for a tenured innovative Associate/Full professor to help lead and develop curriculum and programs that raise our national visibility and contribute to the priorities in the College of Urban Affairs.  The appointment will begin in the Fall of 2018. The dynamic and cosmopolitan setting of Southern Nevada offers unique scholarly opportunities. We seek a colleague who can take advantage of these opportunities through internal and external research collaborations.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated background in research and community-engaged scholarship. Experience in government or nonprofit sectors is highly desirable as is experience in community engagement. Our hire will be a person who thrives working across disciplines in a team and other collaborative efforts, and values teamwork, mentorship and management, and a fair degree of flexibility. In addition, we are looking for a candidate who is comfortable working at an extremely fast pace, with the ability to be adaptable and course correct and reprioritize in response to the changing needs of our community, our discipline, and  our programs.

The new hire will become part of a group of scholars who are developing and implementing innovative programs that seek to apply scholarship and actively engage community stakeholders. Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in policy relevant work through the Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, the Nonprofit Community and Leadership Initiative and the newly formed MGM International Policy Institute (chaired by Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner). At the School of Public Policy and Leadership, we are committed to creating research informed and data driven policies and programs that provide solutions to the challenges faced by metropolitan communities.

See attachment.

Fully-funded PhD position for Global Challenges PhD scholarships in University of Birmingham, UK

Project title:
The structure of migrant integration in Europe: Overview across time, groups, and geographies

Application Deadline: 23 March 2018

Funding Notes:

The Global Challenges Award comprises of:
Full payment of the tuition fee at Research Councils UK Fee Level for year of entry to be paid by the University
An annual maintenance grant at current UK Research Councils rates to be paid in monthly installments to the Global Challenges Scholar by the University.
Full Time students only.
Tenure of award can be for up to 3.5 years.

See the University of Birmingham website for further details:

Postdoctoral Extension Associate – Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Job Description -

Postdoctoral Research and Extension Associate to explore determinants of the location of business activities, with particular attention to rural areas of the United States. The associate will collaborate with a research team comprised of senior researchers and Extension professionals from Texas A&M University, Michigan State University, and Iowa State University on a research project conducted with the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers.

In the FSRDC, the associate will work with the Longitudinal Business Database (over 8M observations annually), the Integrated Longitudinal Business Database (over 20M observations annually), and county-level estimates derived from the Annual Retail Trade Survey (about 35,000 observations annually) and the Annual Survey of Manufacturers (about 70,000 observation annually). These databases will be merged with public data on other community characteristics.  Following initial data management activities, the associate will execute the following activities:

  • Model specification analysis and discussion in the FSRDC
  • Actively engage with the research team to develop Extension curriculum, programming, and training
  • Prepare numerous refereed journal articles related to one or more of the following broad areas:
    • Rural community industrial perceptions
    • Comparison of various thresholds measures
    • Community-opportunity matching program evaluation
    • Policy implications for thresholds and development
    • Various specific industry demand and supply thresholds
  • May participate in proposals to obtain external funding and other research

The position will involve travel to the TAMU FSRDC, located on campus in College Station, and to conferences related to the topics addressed by the associate. Travel in and out of state is necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.

This position is supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program Of The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Award number 2017-67023-26242.

Minimum Requirements:

ABD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field, completed by the date of the first day of employment.

Demonstrated interest in topics addressed in project description.

Strong English written and verbal communications skills.

The associate will need to pass a background check and have spent three of the previous five years in the United States, as required to gain access to a Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC).

Working knowledge of Stata, SAS, or related statistical software available in the FSRDC environment.

Desired Qualifications:

PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field, completed by the date of the first day of employment.

Academic record of publications related to the issues to be address in project description.

Demonstrated skills in quantitative analysis.

Demonstrated ability to synthesize academic inputs from a wide array of sources.

Understanding of the land grant university system.

Experience working in the FSRDC system or with other systems involving large datasets.

Comments to applicants:

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the agency’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association- 49th Annual Conference

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association

49th Annual Conference

IMPLAN National User’s Conference

12th Biennial Conference

~ June 6-8, 2018 ~ Kansas City, Missouri ~

Call for Papers

Please join us for the 49th annual conference of the Mid-Continent Regional Science and the 12th Biennial IMPLAN National User’s Conference to be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The program committee welcomes papers on a wide range of topics relating to applied economics, planning, geography, business, public administration, sociology, and political science.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2018.

Hotel Information: The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel has just completed a $17 million renovation. The InterContinental is located in the Country Club Plaza, a lively shopping, dining and entertainment district. The conference-lodging rate is $159/night single and double. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by May 11, 2018.

IMPLAN Pre-Conference Workshops

IMPLAN will offer their Introductory Training Workshop Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday June 6. IMPLAN also will offer a special four-hour Advanced IMPLAN Symposium during the morning, Wednesday, June 6. During the afternoon on Wednesday, June 6, IMPLAN will offer two consecutive 2-hour free demos of the new IMPLAN platform. Attendees will receive a free trial of the new platform. Registration and content information is found at the MCRSA Website.

2018 M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2018

The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association announces the Student Paper Competition for our 2018 conference (June 6-8) in Kansas City, Missouri. All students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of January 1, 2018 are eligible. Student papers dealing with all aspects of regional development, including cultural, physical and economic processes, are welcome. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and the M. Jarvin Emerson Award. The winning entry will also be published in the Association’s journal, The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. Only papers authored solely by students (i.e., no faculty co-authored papers) will be eligible for the competition and resulting publication.

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Graduate Student Travel Grants

to the MCRSA Conference

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University is partnering with the MCRSA to strengthen research capacity in the North Central Region. We’re doing so by offering a limited number of MCRSA conference travel grants to graduate students from NCRCRD member institutions. Students can request up to$500 to pay eligible travel-related expenses. Only M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students from NCRCRD-member institutions are eligible for these awards.

Information about the MCRSA/IMPLAN conference is at:

IMPLAN- two open positions

IMPLAN is looking to hire an Academic Technical Sales Consultant and an Applied Support Economist.  See attachment 1 and attachment 2 for more details.

10 Job Openings in Groningen

At the Departments of Economic Geography, Population Studies and Planning and Environment of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen are job openings for five Assistant Professors, four PhD’s and one Junior Researcher. For more information see:

The Stan Czamanski Prize

The Stan Czamanski Prize
Deadline: March 31, 2018 (contact:

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.

  1. The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
    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.

    Philosophy and Research Approach of Professor Stan Czamanski

    In his Introduction to Regional Science (Prentice-Hall, 1975, p. 2), Walter Isard wrote:
    “In brief, regional science as a discipline concerns the careful and patient study of social problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research.”

    Professor Czamanski’s research exemplified the analysis of social and economic problems with regional and spatial dimensions. In doing so, he chose judiciously the right combination of analytical and empirical research methods from his tool box to address the specific issue at hand.
    Dissertation proposals submitted for the Stan Czamanski Prize will be judged with regard to how the student proposes to bring an appropriate combination of analytical and empirical methods to bear on a social and economic problem with spatial or regional dimensions, and how this combination of methods is expected to deliver greater insights into the problem in question.

RSAI-GSSI Summer Workshop: “The Geography of craft beer brewing and consumption: local entrepreneurialism and tourism development”

Next July 5th-6th  the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Social Sciences Unit, in cooperation with the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), the North American Regional Science Association (NARSC) and the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) will organize the RSAI-GSSI Summer Workshop “The Geography of craft beer brewing and consumption: local entrepreneurialism and tourism development”.  

The event is intended to provide a unique opportunity to pre-doctoral students and early career scholars (Associate Professors or below) to actively participate in a 2-day workshop focused on the role that craft breweries can play in economic and tourism development at a variety of scales – neighbourhood, city, and regional. The last session of the workshop will be dedicated to the pre-doctoral students, who will have a chance to present their research topics and receive feedback from internationally renowned Professors and early career scholars working on similar topics. In addition to that, two relevant case studies will be presented by local entrepreneurs: Apecchio and L’Aquila. Located in the Marche region of Italy, Apecchio is the home to three craft breweries and has used their existence to leverage the village’s tourism industry. L’Aquila is home to two craft brewery (Anbra – Anonima Brasseria Aquilana, and Alkibia).

Moreover, the students will have the chance to meet and exchange ideas with the 30 Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled in the “Urban Studies and Regional Science” program at GSSI and 7 postdocs, in an international, multidisciplinary and stimulating environment. GSSI, in collaboration with RSAI and NARSC, will offer 10 scholarships to 2nd or 3rd year doctoral students for an intensive, two-day program with in-depth working sessions on topics related to the practical and theoretical significance of craft-beer brewing in regional development and on local entrepreneurialism.

The final aim of this workshop is to provide 10 pre-doctoral and 10 early career scholars (associate professors or below) working on similar research topics with a chance to create a research network on this growing area of research. Favouring informal knowledge exchange (during lunches, social events and a craft beer tasting event) will be an integral part of the workshop. We also plan a number of follow-up activities. These include a special issue of a refereed academic journal and the organization of special sessions at regional science conferences such as NARSC and ERSA.


The Workshop format is a 2-day meeting. It includes time for research, discussion and paper presentations – combining conventional parallel workshop sessions, plenary sessions and keynote speeches, where the participants can present their current research projects.


More specifically, the program of activities includes:

  • [Day 1 afternoon] – Keynote lectures: Jo Swinnen (KU Leuven), Martin Stack (Rockhurst University).

Lectures by Neil Reid (University of Toledo) and Maria Giulia Pezzi (Gran Sasso Science Institute).

Panel Discussion: City Councillor of Apecchio, Owner of Anbra Brewery/Alkibia, Jo Swinnen, and Martin Stack

Beer tasting event and social dinner

  • [Day 2 morning] – Pre-doctoral students’ presentations on their current research topics, and general discussion


  • [Day 2 afternoon] – Parallel workshop sessions, concluding [Harvesting] session


Pre-doctoral students will be offered:

– free participation (no fees);

– shared accommodation and meals;

– travel reimbursement up to:

€200 for Italian students

€300 for European students

€500 for students coming from the rest of the world

Early career researchers [Associate Professors and below] will be offered with a number of travel bursaries up to 200€. Details on how to apply will follow shortly.


Call for papers:

The global brewing industry is experiencing dramatic change. The hegemony of large multinational brewing conglomerates such as AB InBev, Heineken, and Carlsberg is being challenged. The challenge comes from thousands of small-scale, locally owned, craft breweries. While craft beer’s popularity is most advanced in North America, Europe, and Australasia, craft breweries are also appearing in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The growth of craft beer’s popularity is driven by the millennial demographic (18-35 year olds) who are demanding greater variety in terms of the style, flavour, and strength of the beer that they drink. Another component driving craft beer’s success is the growing neolocalism movement, which has manifest itself in growing demand for products made by local producers. Across both North America and Europe, a number of places recognize the potential of craft breweries to contribute to local and regional economic development. In many American cities, for example, craft breweries have emerged as vital pieces in the jigsaw of revitalizing older distressed neighbourhoods (e.g., the Ohio City neighbourhood in Cleveland, Ohio). As the popularity of craft beer grows, a new phenomenon, beer tourism, has emerged. Beer tourism involves visiting breweries, beer festivals, and beer museums. As beer tourism increases in popularity, more places have developed strategies to market their breweries, beer festivals, and beer museums with the goal of attracting more beer tourists. At both the city and regional scales, for example, Ale-trails have developed to promote breweries, not as stand-alone businesses, but as a network of breweries that beer tourists can visit over the period of an afternoon, evening, or weekend. Beer festivals are also an increasingly popular way to attract beer tourists to a region. Beer festivals last anywhere between two to three hours to two to three days. Examples include The

Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, USA, Joburg Fest in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Birmingham Beer Bash in Birmingham, UK. Some festivals, such as the Alogastronomia Festival in Apecchio, Italy include locally produced beer as an integral part of a broader festival that displays and promotes local food.

In focusing on relevant case studies we are able to shed light on The Geography of craft beer brewing and consumption: local entrepreneurialism and tourism development”, representative topics shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Craft beer tourism: issues, assets and future perspectives
  • Craft beer tourism: local entrepreneurialism, branding and sense of place
  • Craft beer tourism and brewery districts: a path for urban/rural regeneration?
  • Craft beer tourists: consumption habits, attitudes, impact and motivations

How to apply:

Pre-doctoral Students:

The deadline for applications is March 31st 2018.

Complete application should include:

  1. CV (maximum two pages)
  2. Title of the research project and an extended abstract (1500 words including contribution,

theoretical framework, empirical approach and/or first results)

  1. One reference letter from Ph.D. thesis advisors/supervisors

Applications must be sent to with the following email subject: “Application

RSAI-GSSI Summer Workshop”

Applications that are not complete will not be considered.

Selected candidates will be notified by April 20th 2018. Final ranking will be also published on GSSI website.

Early Career Scholars:

The deadline for applications is March 31st 2018.

Complete application should include:

  1. Title of the presented paper and an extended abstract (1500 words including contribution, theoretical framework, empirical approach and/or first results)

Applications must be sent to with the following email subject: “Application

RSAI-GSSI Summer Workshop”

Applications that are not complete will not be considered.

Selected contributions will be notified via email by April 20th 2018.


Call for Applications


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, 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 Questions may also be sent to him at For information about the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), go to For information about the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), go to

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