The 2020 RSAI World Conference will be held from 2 to 5 June, 2020, in Marrakech, Morocco. It will be organized by the Moroccan Section of the Regional Science Association International. The meeting is open for the world-wide regional science community and aims to bring together the key elements of multidisciplinary regional science research and to provide a scientific platform for presenting and discussing research at the frontiers of the spatial sciences in a broad sense. The themes addressed zoom in particular on the pressing challenges of meeting the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals, in both developed and developing economies, and cover spatial dimensions ranging from local to global development. Such challenges relate to both people and places, and call for innovative and critical contributions from a conceptual-theoretical, statistical-modelling, practical evidence-based, or governance perspective.
Consequently, topics such as urban-rural development, migration, spatial and resources (al)location, border effects, urbanization, sustainable and circular cities, mobility, land use, environmental quality, disaster management, energy transition, culture, poverty, segregation, spatial justice, social justice, gender, social enterprises, policy and governance, entrepreneurship, spatial statistics and modelling are important ingredients of the 2020 World Congress. A new challenge to regional science research is formed by the emerging digital technology and its implications for analysis, monitoring, evaluation and forecasting spatial dynamics at all levels. Therefore, the potential of spatial and temporal big data, of social media information, and of the new spatial maps emerging from digitization and robotization will be addressed as well, as these forces will have far-reaching impacts on human behaviour and interaction in space.
The Mediterranean area and Africa are challenging realities on their own, and Morocco, named the most attractive investment destination in Africa according to the Africa Investment Index 2018, is the ideal venue for a conference that focuses upon the friction zones between developed and developing worlds in the Americas, in Eurafrica and in Asia. The Ocher City Marrakech provides the perfect setting of a geographically varied and pristine landscape, well connected by air, suitable to accommodate, in high quality and modestly priced hotels, many scientists from all countries, and from where they can enjoy the images of the desert, the wisdom of the Mediterranean, and the challenges and opportunities of global routes and networks. Its historical setting and geographical location at the foot of the High Atlas M ountains and at less than one hundred miles either from the Sahara dunes or from the Atlantic beaches, is a guarantee for a creative and enjoyable regional science gathering.
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Main organizing institutions: Regional Science Association International and its Moroccan Section AMSR in collaboration with various public and private institutions.
Big Data and Methods in Regional Science :-
The Regional Science Association of India in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, supported by the Nurturing Young Talent Programme of the Regional Science Association International is going to organise the Autumn School during 21-25 October, 2019.
Objectives of the Autumn School :-
To provide a platform for enhancing teaching-learning and research experiences of participants with a view to establishing and expanding the knowledge base on a range of contemporary methods in spatial analysis that are used in addressing issues in regional science.
Concept Note :-
In celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Regional Science Association, India, we are privileged to hold our first Autumn School on Big Data and Methods in Regional Science in commemoration of the birth centenary of Professor Walter Isard.
Researchers in regional science use different methods of spatial and social analysis. There is a constant need to re-think and re-imagine methods and models, to evaluate the state-of-the-art technologies, software and models available to enhance the research output both in terms of quality and dissemination. At this juncture, one of the prime reasons for this re-think is the onslaught of data upon researchers. According to an article in Forbes magazine, by 2020, some 2 megabytes of information will be generated every second per person. Making sense of Big Data is the current challenge and researchers must constantly review methods of analysis. The workshop will incorporate technical sessions wherein experts will share their experiences of use and applicability of contemporary methods in spatial analysis of big data, debate and discuss with participants and also facilitate the hands-on use of software in case of data analytics, spatial statistical modelling, GIS and Remote Sensing. The experts will expect participants to defend their research papers on the basis of comments/suggestions that will pre-date the workshop. The aim is to bring together resource persons and instructors from different sub-themes of Regional Science and also to have special sessions dedicated to planning and policy matters, with special reference to urban planning. We aim to create a melting pot of academicians and policy makers to create a new agenda for Regional Science in the coming years. The dissemination of research in regional science, handling big data and data analytics with renewed synergies are expected to be the clear outcomes of the proposed workshop.
Applicants are expected to have clear research goals pertaining to the theme and a good understanding of spatial science (geography, economics, planning and allied subjects). Applicants should have completed Masters and enrolled / applied for Research positions. Early career researchers may also apply. Basic statistics, soft-computing skills and GIS knowledge is necessary. Selections will be based on the research proposals being evaluated by a Review Committee comprising members of International and India section.
Application Process :-
The Autumn School is open to early career researchers (pursuing Ph.D., Post Doctoral Research) and faculty members. Step I:
Applicants must submit (in PDF) to email@example.com along with the following documents:
(a) A covering letter expressing the relevance of the workshop to his/her academic career (b) A research concept note (max 2-3 pages) will be the basis of selection. It must contain (i) relevance and discussion of the problem including its applicability (ii) clear research questions (iii) literature review (iv) analytical framework and (v) expected outcomes. (c) Brief current CV
On being selected, full papers must be submitted in order to be enrolled for the workshop
(a) Each paper will be allocated to a subject expert who will provide insights and suggestions on the paper well ahead and will also act as discussant for sharpening the research skills adopted in the study. (b) After the workshop, select papers will be published in a forthcoming volume of the journal Regional Science: Policy and Practice (The RSAI journal published by John Wiley &Sons Inc., (based on selection by the editorial board and reviewers).
All the applicants are requested to fill up the registration form using the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe99P8mqFTHJrx3vS719IKN3KSDVPGKQNXVDVGdehHV sZx-Ow/viewform
A Special Session “In the footsteps of Professor Walter Isard” is proposed to be organized by the Regional Science Academy (TRSA) in memory of Prof. Isard (2019 being his Birth Centenary).
Preliminary application (Step I) extended deadline: August 10, 2019
Notification of selection: August 20, 2019
Full paper submission within: September 20, 2019
Registration within: September 20, 2019
Members of RSA India and RSAI: INR 4000
Non-members (SAARC): INR 5000
Non-member Non-SAARC countries: 100 €
Registration fees will cover study material, lunch and tea, field visits.
Bank Details for Registration:-
Name of the Bank: State Bank of India
Account No. : 37364653656 (Current Account)
Address: Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake
Beneficiary: Regional Science Association, India
Swift Code: SBININBB334
The Registration fees should be paid by bank transfer only, followed by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org enclosing the receipt (proof of payment) for the record. The registration process should be completed on or before September 20, 2019 (Extended).