Call for Papers and Special Sessions

Call for Papers – North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Denver, Colorado, November 10-13, 2021

NARSC 2021

Join us in Denver, Colorado for the 68th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) sponsored by the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and co-hosted by the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association. The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1. The conference will be held at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver, November 10-13. The conference hotel is adjacent to Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood. LoDo, Denver’s oldest neighborhood, is home to some of the city’s best-known restaurants, galleries, shops, and boutiques. Located in the heart of downtown, businesses ranging from finance and real estate to retail and start-ups can be found here. You can learn more about the conference, submit an abstract, and register for the conference and workshops at the NARSC Website.

We are in the process of organizing several pre-conference workshops, as well as keynote speakers. We are also planning to have numerous organized sessions devoted to specific topics. Do you have an interest in organizing a special session or a series of special sessions? If you do, please contact NARSC Executive Director, Neil Reid (, as soon as possible.

A list of currently organized special sessions are:

  1. Location and Spatial Analysis
  2. Machine Learning in Regional Science: Perspectives, Methods, and Applications
  3. Demographic Transitions: Regions, Cities, and Neighborhoods
  4. Transportation Accessibility, Socioeconomic Impacts, and the COVID-19 Pandemic
  5. Regional Forensic Analysis and the Informal Economy
  6. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Regional Development
  7. Population Aging and Regional Science
  8. Regional and Rural Development
  9. Regional Economic Effects of Disasters
  10. Workforce Impact of Autonomous Technologies

If you are interested in participating in one of these special sessions contact the session organizer.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Click on the link to the conference section for general information on the conference.  To register for the conference or submit an abstract/session online you must first login to the User Area. If you attended a NARSC conference over the past couple of years or are a member of a North American regional science organization, when you reach the login page of the User Area, you will be asked to enter your provided username and password.  Otherwise, when you reach the login page of the User Area, you will be asked to click on a link and enter your e-mail address so we can check if you are already in our database. If you are in our database, your username and password will be e-mailed to you so you can login. If you are not in our database, you will need to register for a free NARSC user account and then you will be able to register for the conference and submit an abstract.

Once logged, you can change your password, update your profile, submit an abstract/session, register for the conference, and check the status of your registration.  You will be able come to your account in the User Area subsequently using your valid username and password.  In case you forget your password, just contact technical support at with your e-mail address and your password will be e-mailed to you so you can login.

Please note that there is a surcharge for individuals who are not members of RSAI. When you are ready to register for the conference please check your RSAI membership status. You can do that by consulting the RSAI Members List. If you have any questions regarding your RSAI membership status or would like to join RSAI please contact Elisabete Martins ( at the RSAI Central Office.

Individual papers and organized sessions must be submitted online in the abstract submission section of the website between now and JULY 1, 2021. The conference registration section is open and allows secure electronic financial transactions. Information about the workshops will be posted in late June. If you are potentially interested in attending any workshops it is suggested that you wait until information about them is available before registering for the conference. Be sure to consult the conference website for additional information and details.

Conference organizers welcome individual papers and organized sessions relating to a wide variety of topics that are included within the diverse realm of regional science.  As usual, there will be several organized sessions. If you are interested in participating in one of these organized sessions, please contact the session organizers. Details about these can be found here. Please note that the list of special session is updated on a regular basis, so please check back.

NARSC an international scholarly organization that focuses on regional analysis, ranging from urban and spatial theory to applied problems in regional development, sustainability, environmental management, and rural land use.  We are an interdisciplinary association, with members representing fields as diverse as economics, agricultural economics, public policy, urban planning, civil engineering, geography, finance, and demography.  The annual North American RSAI conference is the premier regional science meeting in North America and attracts scholars and practitioners from around the world.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Grand Hyatt Hotel at a specially negotiated rate of $219 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for a double-occupancy room. There are also a limited number of specially discounted rooms for students. Please book the conference hotel through the NARSC website.  By doing so, NARSC will get credit for your booking.  Bookings can be made here.

If you have questions, here is contact information:

Local arrangements:
John Sporing (

Program Chair:
Soomi Lee (

Overall Arrangements:Neil Reid, (

We look forward to seeing you in Denver.

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