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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Rural-Urban Linkages for Sustainable Development: An Economic Geography Perspective July 19 – 21, 2018

IGU CDES Mini-Conference on
Rural-Urban Linkages for Sustainable Development: An Economic Geography Perspective July 19 – 21, 2018 Innsbruck (Austria)
Conference website:

As intertwined processes of globalization, digitalisation, environmental challenges and the search for sustainable development continue, rural and urban areas around the world become more and more interconnected – and interdependent. To a strong degree the rural population still commutes or migrates to the urban centres and depends on their workplaces, infrastructure or market access while the recreation of urban citizens happens in rural areas. Beside these “usual” connections in which the balance of power is shifting in favour of the “urban” far more complex phenomena are visible around the world.

A rural transformation is ongoing where some authors detect a ‘rural renaissance’ for businesses or place rural areas in the centre of sustainability transitions. In combination with (counter-)urbanisation processes a new creative industry, cross-sectoral linkages or new arrangements for sustainable food systems arise. We observe similar lifestyles in both rural and urban areas. The rural is „coming into town” with things like urban gardening. Spill-over and spill-in effects take place through new coalitions and networks of residents and newcomers. On the one side, these new linkages challenge the dominant regime and create new opportunities. On the other hand, they also tighten the interdependencies of rural and urban to provide a range of goods and services.

Sustainability as a holistic concept for development is a basis for an approximation of the rural and the urban. The need to “plan” or govern the mentioned developments to a more inclusive and well-balanced form is not new. The Agenda 21 already stressed out the importance of common development strategies for urban and rural areas. Today the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) highlight this necessity. Especially in SDG 11 the target 11.a seeks „to support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas [..]”. UN-Habitat demonstrates through the New Urban Agenda the demand „to bridge the development gap between the urban and the rural”, defining ten entry points to urban-rural linkages (see UN-Habitat 2017).

This year’s IGU- Mini-Conference in Innsbruck therefore seeks to advance our knowledge on this new rural-urban web. As the topic in general is still quite broad, we particularly invite contributions that challenge the rural-urban dichotomy from an economic geography perspective or a related field

In order to focus on specific aspects of rural-urban linkages we especially welcome research in the following fields:

  •   new theoretical and methodological approaches to study the linkages
  •   (global) production networks and value chains,
  •   new business models and labour markets
  •   rural-urban innovations,
  •   spatial flows of products, services and information
  •   urban-rural partnerships for e.g. sustainable tourism,
  •   food systems,
  •   ecological economics in rural-urban linkages,
  •   urban consume – rural sink: winners and loosers

    Local Organizer:

    Armin Kratzer

    Department of Geography

    University of Innsbruck
    Innrain 52f
    6020 Innsbruck, Austria

    IGU CDES website:

Associate Professor or Professor (opening)- University of Missouri

Associate Professor or Professor
Division of Applied Social Sciences
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri
Job ID # 24931

The Division of Applied Social Sciences is one of six academic units in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. The Division strives to educate, empower and engage the people who lead and work in our food and agriculture system and rural communities. Through research, teaching and extension, we progress our world by advancing sustainability, supporting decision-makers, shaping policy and sharing knowledge.

The Division invites applications for the Fred V. Heinkel Chair in Agriculture. The successful candidate will be a tenure-track associate professor or professor who will provide leadership for the Division’s research, extension and teaching efforts that focus on enhancing rural economic development, improving local community viability, developing effective policies and studying issues from a local or regional analysis perspective.

There are a broad range of issues relevant to Missouri communities around which, based on his/her expertise, the successful candidate can build a research-based extension program. The Division is home to rural economy, policy and community-focused research and outreach programs that address critical needs and opportunities that arise throughout Missouri communities and rural areas, and they provide opportunities for collaboration. Such initiatives include community development extension; ExCEED, a program that specializes in community economic and entrepreneurial development; the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA); the division’s informatics-driven group, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES); the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI); and the local foods program. These programs and centers provide information and data, as well as provide planning, policy evaluation, public finance and training for leadership and capacity building on a range of issues. In addition there are opportunities to collaborate across campus on issues relevant to communities: public health, bio-energy, infrastructure, disaster preparedness, community resilience, etc.

We are seeking a candidate who will engage with the community and business development extension program and build effective working relationships with other centers and programs across campus and the state to create an integrated approach to support rural economic growth and community development. The selected candidate will have the capacity to form a vision that reflects rural economy and community needs; contribute to a plan that would execute the vision; and leverage internal and external resources to succeed in reaching the vision.

Other key responsibilities associated with this position will include the following:

· Build an effective research program that aligns with issues that are important to the state, Division centers and extension programs that were listed earlier.
· Facilitate and sustain effective working relationships with rural leaders, decision-makers, policymakers, regional and state agencies and the business community.
· Lead teams and share expertise to assist local decision-makers using a range of analysis methods, such as, economic and fiscal impact analysis, regional analysis, spatial analysis, use of large data sets, GIS etc.
· Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to assist rural communities and public and private organizations in making informed decisions to promote rural economic development and community sustainability.
· Effectively teach in on- and off-campus environments.
· Direct graduate student research and outreach projects.


The selected candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in agricultural or applied economics, regional science or a related social sciences discipline. The successful candidate will be appointed to the discipline within the division that most closely matches his or her background and qualifications. Despite being appointed to a discipline area, the selected candidate will be expected to collaborate within an interdisciplinary environment. He or she must have the capability to link scholarship work with extension and outreach efforts that extend past the University campus into local Missouri communities or regions.

The individual must have a strong scholarship record to earn tenure at a major land-grant university at the associate professor or professor level. He or she should also have experience in attracting external funding. Other desired qualifications include interpersonal skills, the ability to lead within an academic environment, work with interdisciplinary teams and the willingness to adapt as change arises.

Application Procedure

Please visit (copy and paste into your browser) to submit an application. Job ID # 24931. All applications must include a letter of interest in the position, current Curriculum Vitae, relevant scholarship-related work samples, contact information for three professional references, and other supporting materials. The finalist for the position will be required to provide official transcripts for graduate courses. Screening of applications will begin March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Research Awards – Young Investigator Training Program 2018

Research Awards – Young Investigator Training Program 2018 Policy Evaluation and Young Investigators: Building a Network of Excellence Throughout the World. The Gran Sasso Science Institute – GSSI Social Sciences ( is part of the CERUP network ( promoting this call for applications and is one of the Italian institutions that will host the awarded researchers.

 Overall, 9 research grants (3.000 Euro for researchers from European institutions and 4.000 Euro for those from non-European institutions), financed by the Associazione di Fondazioni e Casse di Risparmio Italiane SpA (ACRI), will be awarded to selected researchers who will:

–        participate in the international conference CERUP 2018 “Challenges in Evaluating Regional and Urban Policy”, that will take place in Rome from 8 to 9 March 2018.

–        spend a one-month visiting in one of the leading Italian departments that agreed to participate in the network (please see the list in Annex 1 in the call)

Applicants need to meet the following criteria:

–        research focus on regional and urban sciences and methodologies applied to the impact of evaluation of public policies

–        aged up to 40 years

–        affiliation to foreign institutions (outside Italy) to promote international collaborations and encourage mobility of young scholars.

The deadline for application is the 22nd January 2018. Please make sure you state on the application your preferred hosting institution (e.g. GSSI).

 All application and selection details are included in the attached call and can be found at this link:

Southern Regional Science Association 2018 Barry M. Moriarty Graduate Paper Competition Papers due by February 15, 2018

Southern Regional Science Association
2018 Barry M. Moriarty Graduate Paper Competition

Papers due by February 15, 2018

The Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) awards an annual cash prize to the graduate student submitting the best paper in Regional Science. In 2018, the prize is $1,000.
Papers on any Regional Science topic may be entered into the competition. Papers should represent original research. Maps, illustrations and other audio-visual materials should be designed or constructed by the author.
The following qualifications apply:

  • The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited academic institution for some or all of the year following March 2018. The graduate student must still be enrolled at the time his or her paper is submitted;
  • The student must be the sole author and must be sponsored by a member of SRSA; and
  • The winning student must present the paper at a session of the 57th Annual Meeting of the SRSA, March 15 – 17, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA, using the award to defray costs of attending.

Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 25 pages in length, and written in the style of the SRSA’s Review of Regional Studies. A cover page should include the paper’s title and abstract and, for both the author and the sponsor, full names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
A copy of the paper must be submitted via e-mail to Steven Deller (, 2018 Graduate Paper Honors Chair.

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2018.
(Authors must also meet the January 16, 2018 abstract submission deadline).

Please share with others who might be interested.

Information on the Southern Regional Science Association is available at: SRSA Conference 
March 15 – 17, 2018 
Philadelphia, PA

Special Sessions at SRSA on the Opioid/Drug Crisis

I am organizing a special session (or sessions) on the opioid/drug crisis at the Southern Regional Science Association Conference, to be held in Philadelphia from March 15-17, 2018. The goals are to help those working on this topic to engage with each other, but also to inform others in the hope of spurring additional interest in pursuing research. Thus, papers and presentations ranging from mostly descriptive research to high-level statistical analysis are welcome, and at any geographic level that may shed light on local, state, or some larger regional aspect of the crisis. If interested, please contact me at or 304-293-7881.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 16, 2018, which is also the early registration deadline. For more information on the conference, go to

Brian Cushing

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 IMPAN 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:

Special Issue- Call for Papers Entrepreneurship in small and medium-sized towns/ communities

The goal of the planned special issue is (a) to highlight cutting-edge research in the field of entrepreneurship and SMSTs/communities, and (b) to reflect potential implications of the findings for current discussions around regional development policies. The special issue thus will comprise cutting-edge contributions of leading scholars in the field of entrepreneurship, urban and regional development, and geography.  For more information see attachment.

Call for Papers to the 21st Uddevalla Symposium 2018

  • Following the tradition established by the previous Uddevalla symposia, starting in 1998, the 21st symposium is designed to bring together leading-edge views of senior academic scholars and mix them with the critical and creative views of post- docs and PhD students engaged in their thesis work. We welcome researchers from various fields, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics, sociology and urban and regional planning. The objectives of the twentifirst Uddevalla Symposium 2018 are: i) to provide a unique opportunity for scholars including senior and junior researchers to discuss path-breaking concepts, ideas, frameworks and theories in plenary key-note sessions and parallel competitive paper sessions, and ii) to facilitate the development and synthesis of important contributions into cohesive and integrated collections for potential publication. Therefore, unpublished complete papers are invited for presentation and feedback from other scholars.  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.

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