The University of Western Australia- PhD Scholarship

The University of Western Australia
Faculty of Science
School of Agriculture and Environment, Centre of Regional Development
3 years
PhD Scholarship from the Australian Research Council and stipend from the University of Western Australia to cover living in Perth, international tuition fees and international student health cover expenses

The University of Western Australia is currently seeking a PhD student in the field of economic geography, broadly defined. Three years of funding are provided, including a stipend to cover the living allowance, full international tuition feels and international student health cover.
The PhD project is tied to an ARC Discovery Grant (DP170104359) regarding the resource economies of Australian cities. It will seek to offer innovative insights into how Australian cities are integrated into the global economy through firm-based linkages. There are two principal components to this research—a macro-scale focus on cities’ situation with in the global economy, and a micro-scale focus on specific industry-based agglomerations within major cities. It will contribute to understanding how Australian cities are situated within overlapping global networks of information, knowledge, resources, human, and capital flows through the lens of multiple industry sectors, and more concretely how the resources sector is organised ‘on the ground’ within Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney vis-à-vis various locational, institutional, and political factors. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are favourable, and the thesis is likely to incorporate a mixed-methods perspective.
The PhD will be positioned at The University of Western Australia in Perth, but will be supervised by an international team of from The University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland and Ghent University. The University of Western Australia and University of Queensland are ranked amongst the top Australian universities and members of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities. All three universities are ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by ARWU.

Perth is one of Australia’s largest capital cities, and a major destination for international students. With just over 2 million residents, and situated on the Swan River it has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world by Economist Intelligence Unit.

For further information, contact Dr Kirsten Martinus at

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
Desire to learn new skills and theoretical models
Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and data sources
Willingness to accept feedback from multiple perspectives
A background in human geography or related field
Dedication to completing a PhD
Completion of a Master’s Degree or Honours (UWA 1st Class or equivalent)

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

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.
The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.
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.
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.
The award is presented at the North American Regional Science Meetings.
Rules of the competition
Applications are to be submitted by October 02 of 2017 to . 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.

Call for submissions- 2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science

Call for submissions
2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science
The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) invites submissions for the annual competition for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Regional Science. Regional science is an interdisciplinary field concerned with theory, method, and application of regional, urban and rural, geographic and spatial investigations and analyses.
The winner will be decided by the Selection Committee and will receive a cash award of 750 Euros. Award announcements will be made at the North American Meetings of the RSAI, where participants in the competition are strongly encouraged to be present. The Selection Committee reserves the right to not make an award. Decisions made by the Selection Committee are final.
1. A dissertation completed in any Ph.D. program in any country is eligible,
2. A dissertation written in English,
3. A dissertation successfully defended, with official graduation date between July 1st 2016 and June 30th 2017,
4. A dissertation on a single or multiple general regional science topics. The Selection Committee reserves the right to determine whether a dissertation is relevant to the field of regional science. 
Application (in either PDF or MS Word format):
1. A two-page curriculum vita;
2. A letter of support and nomination from the major professor (also known as dissertation committee chairperson or supervisor) on stationary paper and with signature. The letter should clearly explain the dissertation’s originality and contributions to the field of regional science;
3. The dissertation.
Applications should be submitted electrically by July 31, 2017 to the Selection Committee Chair, Dr. Laurie A. Schintler ( ). Large submissions can be uploaded to a cloud file-sharing site. Questions regarding the dissertation competition may be sent to her too. 

CORRECTED DATES! Summer Spatial Econometrics Workshop at RRI



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 cross- sectional 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 deal with special topics such as panel data models, and various testing procedure.


Gianfranco Piras


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.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interest to 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: March 13, 2017
Extended Application Deadline: July 1, 2017
Acceptance Notification: Two days after application is received. Confirm Participation by July 8, 2017

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, 2017.


The course fees are $3,000. Fees cover course tuition, lunches and course materials. Submitted fees will be non- refundable. 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:

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.
West Virginia University is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. E. Gordon Gee is the 24th president of West Virginia University.

Assistantships Available for a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Assistantships Available for a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This is an alert that we have some remaining assistantships to fund Ph.D. students for study to begin in Fall 2017.

Our program provides interdisciplinary training in a variety of public policies, focusing on urban policy. Our program features a strong training in policy analysis, advanced statistical methods, and substantive policy areas. Students also have the opportunity to learn methodology for big data analytics.

If you have some training in Economics and hold a Masters degree (Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Geography, or Sociology), apply today for a position in our Fall 2017 cohort.

For information, please contact Dr. Martha Kropf, Interim Director of the Public Policy Ph.D. program at 704-687-7332 or

Journal of Housing Economics: Revised deadline

Journal of Housing Economics

Revised deadline for the Special Issue on research related to ‘Race and the City’

The submission deadline has been extended from the original deadline of January 31st, 2017 to June 1, 2017.

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.

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 ( and Steve Ross (


2017 ACS Data Users Conference

The 2017 ACS Data Users Conference will be held May 11-12 in Alexandria, VA.  See flier for details:

Flier for 2017 ACS Data Users Conference

Remembering Raymond Florax

It is with great sadness that we learned of the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Raymond Florax. The Free University of Amsterdam has published the memoriam in honor of Raymond. Raymond will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by the entire regional science community.

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association 48th Annual Conference

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association
48th Annual Conference
~ June 7-9, 2017 ~ Toledo, Ohio ~
Call for Papers
Please join us for the 48th annual conference of the Mid-Continent Regional Science to be held at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel in Toledo, Ohio. 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, 2017.
Hotel Information: The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel is undergoing a complete renovation. Everything will be new. The Renaissance is downtown near the river walk, and many restaurants and cultural attractions. The conference-lodging rate is $149/night single and double. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by May 6, 2017.
2017 M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition
The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017
The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association announces the Student Paper Competition for our 2017 conference (June 7-9) in Toledo, Ohio. All students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of January 1, 2017 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 & PolicyOnly 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 in Toledo, OH – June 7-9, 2017
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 annual conference is at:

Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist (Full-Time)

Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist (Full-Time)


Company Overview

IMPLAN Group LLC is the provider of the IMPLAN software and data system for economic impact analysis.  We provide economic analysis solutions to clients across the U.S. and in some international markets.  With client types ranging from private firms to government organizations and universities, we assist and support a broad spectrum of customer needs and interests in the area of economic planning, development, and education.

Position Summary

IMPLAN Group is seeking a Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist to ideally begin in August 2017.  Under the direction of the Chief Economist, the Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist plays a critical role in the process of generating IMPLAN’s annual domestic datasets and performing quality control checks on those data.  In addition to this primary role, the Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist assists in the process of researching and developing new data sources and procedures, and documenting such advances.

The Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist also provides some client support (e.g., assisting customers with advanced analysis set-up, interpretation of analysis results, understanding IMPLAN data sources and methodologies) and performs ad hoc data fulfillment requests and other tasks as necessary.  Once these primary responsibilities are being successfully performed, there may be opportunities to conduct internal training, present at conferences, develop new data or analysis products, and more.

Desired Skills and Experience

Generating the annual domestic IMPLAN data sets involves many raw data sources and the use Microsoft Word, Excel, SQL Server, and Visual Studio (using the .NET framework).  Current data production processes follow a detailed set of documented procedures; however, data sources, formats, and processing methodologies can vary somewhat from year to year, as dictated by the raw data sources, as directed by the Chief Economist, or as decided upon by the team.  Development of new data products may make use of any of the above-listed programs or may require others.

Candidates for this position must be able to fully follow detailed and sometimes complicated instructions, while still being able to think critically and creatively about the data production process.  Candidates must be self-motivated, detail- and deadline-orientated, with good verbal and written communication skills, active listening skills, and fluency in English.  The ability to work well in a group setting is essential – members of the Data and Economics Team will interact on a regular basis, with one another and with individuals from other departments at IMPLAN.  At the same time, the ability to independently research problems and find solutions is also important for this position.  As part of a small, fast-moving company, a high degree of adaptability and ability to learn new software systems will be essential.  Experience meeting tight deadlines with overlapping priorities will be an advantage.

Candidates should have experience working with large databases.  Knowledge of economics, input-output analysis, and the IMPLAN data and software system is core to success in this position.  Experience with policy analysis, government data sources, and National I-O accounts is desirable, as is prior experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Visual Studio, and SQL Server.  This position requires an M.S. degree, preferably in applied Economics or other related field.  In lieu of an M.S. degree, a candidate possessing a B.S. in Economics and proficient in SQL and .NET skills would also be considered.  The candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and CV to




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