The Path to Sustainable Development~Abstract Submission Deadline – 9th March 2014 - Fortaleza, Brazil


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From Vulnerable Places to Resilient Territories: The Path to Sustainable Development
(Abstracts should be no more than 800 words)

Sunday 27th - Wednesday 30th April 2014
Fábrica de Negócios, Fortaleza, Brazil

In a world emerging from widespread crisis, some regions thrive and have been strengthened whilst others struggle to recover.  Unforeseen events affect regions unevenly, presenting at once opportunities and challenges, prosperity and deprivation. How regions emerge from negative or positive shocks depends on their capacity to learn from their own experiences and from that of others, as we as their ability to adapt to new environments in a global economy.

The RSA 2014 Global Conference in Brazil will focus on thinking about paths, policies and ideas to strengthen vulnerable places and to develop cohesive and resilient territories. We acknowledge that only adaptive and flexible regions can succeed in an ever-changing world. This conference offers to all those who share an interest in regional and urban issues an opportunity to explore and discuss these key issues. Our discussions will be stimulated and enriched by the RSA’s well established traditional of embracing and accepting diverse perspective, disciplinary backgrounds and ideas.

·        Clusters and Smart Specialisation
·        Innovation and Knowledge
·        Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Growth and Employment
·        Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
·        The Geography of Crime
·        Labour Markets and Migration
·        Land Use and the Real Estate Market
·        Mega Events and Regional Development
·        Regional Challenges in Health and Education
·        Policies for Regional Growth and Development
·        Regional Integration and Spillovers
·        Spatial Justice and Inequalities
·        Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
·        Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Food Security
·        The Geography of Finance
·        Urbanisation and Cities
·        Regional Policy in Emerging Economies
·        Leading Regions
·        Region to Region Trade
·        Economic Development Strategies and Planning

The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference please contact:

Academic Organisers:
Marco Crocco:
Pedro Amaral:
Pedro Marques:
RSA Organiser 
Lesa Reynolds: 

For further information please visit:

Regional Studies Association – 25 Clinton Place, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1NP

Tel: + 44 (0)1323 899 698 – Fax: + 44 (0)1323 899 798 – Email: Reg. Charity No. 1084165 – Reg. in England and Wales No. 4116288