June 2016 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2016 issue of the NARSCNews. This June 2016 edition of the newsletter celebrates 50 years of the Regional Research Institute.  In addition there is an announcement for AERUS 2016  and profiles for recent publications in the regional science community.

Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ran Wei.

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SBCA- Call for Submissions

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is accepting abstracts and workshop proposals for participation in our 2017 annual conference on Improving the Theory and Practice of Benefit-Cost Analysis.  If interested please refer to the link below.

SBCA17 Joint Call for Presentations and Workshops

Assistant Professor (GIS) – University of Toronto Mississauga

Assistant Professor – Geographic Information Science – Job #1600807

The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Sciences or Studies, or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, as well as demonstrated excellence in scholarly research and teaching.

The Department seeks to hire a candidate with a research and teaching program focused on GIS. The Department seeks candidates with strong quantitative and computational GIS skills and a research program focused on addressing environmental and/or societal challenges.

Candidates are expected to combine excellence in teaching with a demonstrated ability to build a successful, externally-funded research program that will expand and complement our current research strengths. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in GIS programming and quantitative methods. The successful candidate will also be expected to take an active role in bringing innovation and creativity to the development of our GIS curriculum. Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. Evidence of excellence in research is demonstrated by publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees.

The appointment will be at UTM, which has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of 12,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus, where the appointee will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in physical and human geography and the environment. Active participation in the UTM Geography and Environment undergraduate programs, as well as in the graduate program of the Department of Geography and Planning is expected. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at www.utm.utoronto.ca/geography.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by visiting https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1600807. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, up to 3 representative publications, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement and teaching evaluations and other materials supporting evidence of teaching quality and experience.

All materials must be received by September 12, 2016 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Kathi Wilson, at chair.utm.geography@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word files in the following format:

1. Letter, CV, research statement, teaching dossier (including teaching statement and teaching evaluations)

2. Publications
Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via email geography.utm@utoronto.ca by the closing date.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applicants from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

The Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics is a full time administrative position in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position is responsible for the administration of the research, teaching, outreach, and international activities of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

Specifically the Head’s responsibilities are: • Provide leadership and vision to the Department, advancing the goals of the land-grant mission in teaching, research, outreach and international activities • Develop and communicate departmental policy guidelines in consultation with the faculty • Plan and supervise all academic programs in the Department • Recruit, supervise, evaluate, and mentor faculty and staff in the Department • Administer budgetary and financial matters within the Department • Facilitate development and fundraising • Represent the Department at the College and Campus levels. • Maintain liaison with leaders in industry, government, other universities, public groups and professional societies.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in agricultural, consumer or environmental economics or related field. The candidate must be qualified for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Demonstrated leadership, administration and management skills are required. The ability to work with people and communicate ideas effectively is critical. A demonstrated commitment to the mission of a land-grant university and to international activities is essential. Experience with public and private funding sources is necessary. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, AND DEPARTMENT The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics is one of seven departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. The Department has about 700 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students, 30 tenure-track faculty members and 80 non-tenure track staff. The disciplinary backgrounds of its faculty include agricultural economics, economics, business, finance, and law. Nine undergraduate concentrations are offered, ranging from agribusiness markets and management to public policy and law, and financial planning. Broadly speaking, the Department’s research and outreach programs relate to commercial agriculture, the environment and natural resources, development economics and consumer and family economics. An applied emphasis helps the Department meet its land-grant mission while maintaining a College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences high level of scholarship. Department wide, responsibilities are divided between research, teaching and extension with annual support of about $5.3 million from state and federal recurring funds, and about $10 million from grants, contracts, and gifts. Six endowed chair positions have been established in the fields of marketing, futures and options (2), finance, policy, and law. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus (http://www.illinois.edu) is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a community of 110,000, has a student enrollment of over 40,000, and nearly 2,000 tenured/tenure-track faculty members. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (http://www.aces.illinois.edu) includes seven academic departments, 195 tenure-track faculty members, an enrollment of almost 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, and is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs.


January 1, 2017


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by August15, 2016. Please create your candidate profile at http://go.illinois.edu/F1600042 and upload a letter of application/interest including the applicant’s administrative experience/philosophy, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, fax, email) by August 15, 2016. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. For further information, please contact Shelly Nickols-Richardson, Search Committee Chair via e-mail at nickrich@illinois.edu. For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email jobs@illinois.edu . The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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2 PhD positions in Quantitative Geography at the University of Luxembourg

1 PhD in Urban Quantitative Geography
The candidate will develop a doctoral thesis related to the spatial analysis/modelling of urban patterns and transport/environmental impacts, planning and suburban forms, green space and/or agriculture in cities and suburbs.
See detailed topical and methodological foci, and how to apply at http://emea3.mrted.ly/14uhg
Deadline for application: 20/09/2016
1 PhD in Digital Humanities – Geography Research Area
The candidate will develop a doctoral thesis in the field of geovisualisation, spatial data mining, GIS, or urban analysis/modelling with a particular focus on past or long-run processes.
This PhD is be part of the newly created interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Unit in Digital History and Hermeneutics at the University of Luxembourg
See how to apply at http://emea3.mrted.ly/14aut. Please make clear mention of the geography research area while applying.
Deadline for application: 01/09/2016

Journal of Housing Economics Special Issue on research related to ‘Race and the City’

This special issue will feature research that sheds light on the experiences of minorities in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.  Given the long history of racial segregation and discrimination that African-Americans have faced in the U.S., we expect that many of the submissions will focus on the experiences of African-Americans in U.S. cities. However, we are also very interested in submissions that examine Latino and Asian populations, especially given the increasing urbanization of Latinos within the U.S. in recent decades. While our own research focuses on contemporary issues, we are open to historical analyses, especially ones that shed light on contemporary discussions and debates. Finally, we also welcome studies that examine the experiences of minority groups in cities and metropolitan areas in other developed, higher income countries around the world.

Papers must be of sufficient analytical rigor to meet the customary standards of the journal. Timeliness is very important, as the editors and the journal seek to limit delays between the acceptance of manuscripts and eventual publication. Submissions should be made before January 31st, 2017 to


To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select the name of the special issue “SI: Race and the City” when they upload their manuscripts. Early submissions will be dealt with promptly.

Special editors are Ingrid Gould Ellen (Ingrid.ellen@nyu.edu) and Steve Ross (Stephen.l.ross@uconn.edu)

Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper

Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper

The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) is reaching out to regional scientists who would like take the next step and learn the nuts and bolts of operating a university research center. AUBER has established the Polzin Prize of $500 for the best paper submitted. The prize would cover registration (plus a couple of drinks) for the AUBER Fall Conference in Fayettesville AR in October 2016. Paul Polzin was the 30th President of WRSA in 1990. For more information about AUBER go to www.auber.org.

Eligibility: To be considered for the Polzin Prize, the following rules are established:

• The paper’s lead author must be an individual AUBER member at the time of the Fall Conference or be employed at an AUBER member unit whose membership is in good standing; (Fall Conference registration fees include a one-year membership for non-AUBER members who submit papers for consideration)
• The paper must be presented on a panel at the Fall Conference;
• The paper should be prepared in academic format (APA or other commonly accepted scholarly style);
• Because the purpose is to encourage new work, submissions should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

Process: Each eligible paper will be read by all members of an evaluation committee (the three most-recent AUBER Past Presidents) and evaluated against the criteria below. Committee members must decline to judge papers if they have the following special relationships with the author(s) of the papers submitted: relatives, students, colleagues, or co-authors. The winner will receive a $500 cash award during the Fall Conference Awards breakfast.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016
Submit one copy of your paper by email as a PDF attachment, without identifying author information, to Bruce Kellison (bkellison@ic2.utexas.edu) by the deadline. The winning paper will be announced at the AUBER Fall Conference.

Selection Criteria: Papers will be blind reviewed and judged based on the criteria described below. Each paper will be given a score of 0 – 10 (where 0 is the lowest and 10 is the highest score) for each element. The score allocated to each paper by each reviewer will be multiplied by the weighting and then added. The highest-scoring paper will be recommended for the Polzin Prize.

1. Originality (weighting 40%): Originality of contribution to knowledge with an emphasis on the paper’s innovativeness in one or more of these areas (i) theoretical development, (ii) empirical results, (iii) methodology, or (iv) policy development.
2. Quality of Argument (weighting 30%): Quality of argument incorporating (i) critical analysis of concepts, theories and findings, and (ii) consistency and coherency of debate.
3. Positioning (weighting 15 %): Clear positioning of paper in existing literature with a conclusion(s) that is both convincing and of significant potential.
4. Writing Style (weighting 15 %): Quality of writing style, including accuracy, clarity, readability, and organization.


The 25th Pacific Conference of the RSAI

The Regional Science Association International (RSAI), the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organisation (PRSCO) , the Chinese Regional Science Association – Taiwan (CRSA-T) and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) invite regional scientists, economists, economic geographers, urban planners, policy makers, and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 25th Pacific Conference of the RSAI. The Conference will be hosted by the CRSA-T and Department of Urban Planning, NCKU. It will be held in Tainan, Taiwan, May 17-20, 2017.

More information can be found at: http://www.2017prscocon.com


Description: The objective of the course is to provide a (not so short) introduction to spatial econometrics. Students will learn how to model and incorporate spatial dependencies into their empirical analyses. The course will cover basic as well as more advanced concepts ranging from the different typologies of spatial data, through the definition of connectivity in space (spatial weights matrices), to a comprehensive treatment of various spatial econometric models both crosssectional as well as panel. Estimation methods presented will include MLE (maximum likelihood), GMM (generalized method of moments), GLS (generalized least squares), and GS2SLS (generalized spatial two stage least squares). The latter part of the course will will deal with special topics such as panel data models, and various testing procedures.

Instructor: Gianfranco Piras

Organization: The course is organized into a format that includes morning (theoretical) lectures and afternoon computing lab and applications sessions. A reading list will be provided for each of the topics covered. Additional course materials will be provided.

Applications: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interest to RRI@mail.wvu.edu. Applicants will be screened for suitable levels of preparation and background, and placed into the course on a first come, first served basis.

Important Dates:

Applications period opens: May 9, 2016

Extended Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

Acceptance Notification: Two days after application is received.

Confirm Participation by July 8, 2016

We will be able to admit a limited number of participants based on applications received by the deadline. Participation must be confirmed through the payment of course fees on or before July 8, 2016.

Fees: The course fees are $3,000. Fees cover course tuition, lunches and course materials. Submitted fees will be nonrefundable. Accommodation and other living expenses are not included. A block of rooms will be reserved at nearby hotels at a discounted rate.

Additional information and a link for registration will be available soon on the RRI website at: http://rri.wvu.edu/


In Memory of Dr. Pavols Kanaroglou

It was with great sadness that NARSC learned of the death of Dr. Pavols Kanaroglou. Pavlos was a transportation geographer who was on the faculty at McMaster University. He was President of NARSC in 2006.

KANAROGLOU, Dr. Pavlos Savas

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on Friday, May 13, 2016, Dr. Pavlos Kanaroglou in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Vina Alexopoulou of 42 years. Loving father of Niki Kanaroglou and Savas Kanaroglou. Dear brother of Sophia Kotsafti of Greece. He will be sadly missed by his cousins, nieces, nephews and many loving friends, students and colleagues. Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis Tier 1 2002-2016 and past chair of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, Pavlos was an expert in Transportation and predicting human behaviour; brought together industry, government and academia to address questions from childcare to housing, transportation to health care. A devoted citizen and advocate for the city of Hamilton and mentor for hundreds of Human Geography students. He was Professor Emeritus and the Director and founder of the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics. A special thank you to the Gastroenterology doctors, doctors and nurses in the CICU and ICU at the Juravinski Hospital, the Nephrology consultants and dialysis nurses from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. G. Fraser, Dr. Miklea, Dr. Crowther and the countless health care workers who took care of him every step of his last journey through life. Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Drive, BURLINGTON (905.527.0405) on Tuesday, May 17th from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11 a.m. held in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Burlington. Following the burial service, the family wishes to invite everyone back to Bay Gardens Funeral Home for a reception. In lieu of flowers and in honour of Pavlos’ lifetime passion, donations to the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics can be made at the funeral home. Please sign the online Book of Condolences at www.baygardens.ca


Call For Papers- Spatial Econometrics


Interest in spatial econometrics has increased enormously in the last two decades during which time we have observed an incredible explosion in the number of applied disciplines interested in the subject and in the number of publications that have appeared in scientific journals. Major applications of spatial econometrics that are of interest to regional scientists include areas such as agricultural economics, industrial organization, health economics, managerial economics, urban planning, education, land use, criminology, public finance, economic development, innovation diffusion, environmental studies, labor, resources and energy economics, transportation, real estate, marketing, and many others. But the list of regional sciences that can benefit from the advances in spatial econometrics is, in fact, a lot longer and likely to further increase in the future. These sessions will include both theoretical and empirical contributions related to spatial econometrics in a diversity of applied fields.

If you are interested participating in these special sessions please contact Giuseppe Arbia at giuseppearbia13@gmail.com

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