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:

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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