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Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2020 – Call for abstracts

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Global megatrends are transforming the ways we live, work, interact, finance, produce and consume. At the same time, the growing environmental impacts of human activities have sharpened the focus on the sustainability of further development. New technologies give an opportunity to address fundamental societal challenges, from nutrition, energy availability and sustainability through to access to all kinds of products, services and information. However, these same trends can also be highly divisive and are some of the biggest challenges to social, political and economic cohesion, even peaceful coexistence in the next few decades.

The conference will address the impacts of these megatrends from a regional perspective. The key question we pose is: “How can we transform our urban, rural and regional spaces to successfully meet the challenges they face?”. Other relevant topics, like regional and urban development, regional policy and research, the future of the EU and cohesion policy, will also be addressed.

The conference shall feature over 450 presentations from more than 50 countries, coming from universities, companies, national and international institutions. We invite you to contribute to this stimulating exchange of ideas and research accomplishments by participating in the 4-day conference organised by the Regional Studies Association and the School of Economics and Business at University of Ljubljana, while enjoying the backdrop of the vibrant capital city of Ljubljana and the wonderful Slovenian countryside.



  • Deadline for submitting an abstract: 31 January 2020
  • Deadline for submitting a Special Session proposal: 17 January 2020
  • Deadline for a Bursary Application: 17 January 2020
  • Registration: starts on 1 December 2019
  • Conference dates: 17–20 June 2020


  • School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana

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