Nordic Division of the Regional Studies Association (NoRSA)

17-19 June 2019, University Consortium of Seinäjoki, Finland

Davids and Goliaths: Regions in the Age of Urbanisation and Digitalisation

Regions are entities consisting of different types of places and spaces. There are cities, towns and rural areas with different potentials and challenges. Regions are also in constant flux due to versatile economic, social and cultural processes both internal and external to them. Megatrends, such as urbanisation and digitalisation, are affecting all kinds of regions and places by changing their positions, opportunities and future potential. Some regions turn out to be agile Davids and some transform into powerful Goliaths, but how will these transitions happen? Do we recognize the variety of these transition processes and are they real? What kinds of urban and regional development strategies are feasible?

Please read the call for papers here.

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

John Harrison, Loughborough University: “Cut throat collaboration”: raising the stakes for cities and regions in the age of urbanisation

Kjell Nilsson, Nordregio: Urbanisation, digitalisation and immigration – three important trends in the Nordic Region

Tuuli Toivonen, University of Helsinki: Open and big data in understanding dynamic cities

Welcome to Seinäjoki!

extended deadline for abstracts 4 march, 2019
Abstract submission 15 February, 2019
Notification of acceptance 15 March, 2019
Registration 30 April, 2019



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