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World Congress

The 12th World Congress of the Regional Science

  • The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the Regional Science Association of India (RSAi) had invited 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 Regional Science Association of India had hosted the World Congress and the 49th Annual Conference of the RSAi at BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa, India, on May 29 - June 01, 2018.
  • The 12th Regional Science World Congress was held in Goa, India, a coastal location with breathtaking landscapes sculpted by the Konkan Coast and the Western Ghats. The conference was open to regional scientists, practitioners and researchers in the field of regional science. The Congress includes Keynote Lectures, Scientific Sessions, Poster Sessions, Workshops and Themed Sessions. Field trip was organized in and around Goa. The theme of the 12th RSAI World Congress was ‘Spatial Systems: Social Integration, Regional Development and Sustainability’. The theme has been chosen to focus upon the development needs of regions as spatial entities, which is the subject matter of spatial science. The conference had encouraged the environment for researchers across the globe, to interact and learn from one another, and to create a network that will be attractive and inspiring for young students and scholars. The intention was to strengthen the community of regional scientists and achieve a better understanding of our future needs.

About the Focal Theme

  • Across the world, communities are striving to achieve an ecologically and socially secure future. The intricately linked ideas of sustainability and integration are the key to achieving our development goals. As regional scientists, our common pursuit of a sustainable future may be attained with more efficient understanding of the ‘region’ as a spatial unit. Keeping this objective in mind, the theme of the 2018 Congress highlighted the importance of analyzing spatial systems as not just physical space or social space, but shared space. The sub-themes were aimed at providing a platform for debates and discussions around the key issues of contemporary regional science and to carve out the way for future research agenda.

Sub themes

  • Big Data for Regional Science
  • Cooperation and Development
  • Environmental Issues
  • Infrastructure, Transportation and Accessibility
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Location of Economic Activity
  • Methods in Regional Science and Urban Economics
  • Migration and Labor Markets
  • Real Estate and Housing
  • Regional and Urban Policy and Governance
  • Regional Finance, Investment or Capital Markets
  • Rural Development
  • Social Integration
  • Spatial Planning
  • Spatial Systems in Transitional economies
  • Tourism