Launch of Brazil’s Candidacy to
host the 2014 Global Conference of
the Regional Studies Association
19th March 2013
Sally ...
Key Message

‘Throughout all the changes it has experienced, knowledge
exchange and dissemination has always been at the v...
Regional
Debate

Inclusion
and
Innovation

Knowledge
Exchange
Policy
Engagement

Partnerships

Conferences
Knowledge Exchange I
Social Capital and the RSA
“Learned societies’ core activities of publishing and meetings have a
comm...
Knowledge Exchange II
Information may be facts or understood data
Knowledge is to do with flexible and adaptable skills
Kn...
Knowledge Exchange III

Three influential factors which affect a societies capability in knowledge
exchange –
 Purpose – ...
Policy Engagement I
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Captured in RSA aims and objects

“to promote education in the field of regional studies by the
exc...
Policy Engagement II
Engagement with policy takes many forms –


Consultations/Evidence

- Local Growth, Local Enterprise...
Regional
Debate

Inclusion
and
Innovation

Knowledge
Exchange
Policy
Engagement

Partnerships

Conferences
RSA Connection
to Regional Debates I
EU Cohesion Policy Conference 2011– Fifth Cohesion Report
180 participants / 29 count...
RSA Connection to Regional Debates II
RSA Membership in 2012

Over 300 members
Between 10 and
300 members
Under 10 members
RSA Connection to Regional
Debates III
RSA Membership 2012
By Discipline

RSA Membership in 2012 by Discipline
25%
20%
15%...
Regional
Debate

Inclusion
and
Innovation

Knowledge
Exchange
Policy
Engagement

Partnerships

Conferences
RSA International Conferences 1967-2014
RSA Conferences II
Exchange with concrete experiences, understanding regional development in China,
strengthening linkages...
Regional
Debate

Inclusion
and
Innovation

Knowledge
Exchange
Policy
Engagement

Partnerships

Conferences
RSA Partnership Working I
European Partnerships
Open Days – European Week of Regions and Cities (Brazilian Mostra)
Open Da...
RSA Partnership Working II

Smith Institute
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think tank promoting progressive policies for a fairer society
provides...
Regional
Debate

Inclusion
and
Innovation

Knowledge
Exchange
Policy
Engagement

Partnerships

Conferences
RSA Membership 2012
Inclusivity
Band D

By Bands (GDP per capita ppp basis)
Band B
12%

Band A 77%

Band C 2
9% %

Brazil ...
Innovation

RSA seeks to engage with the wider community in all its endeavours – research,
publishing, events
Publishing –...
Why is the Brazilian
Conference important
to the RSA?
RSA sees conferences as the start of something new
We want to learn ...
It’s not all work

FILM PREMIER

“Rivers,
Environment
and
Development
in Europe
and Asia”
What is your role?

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Get involved – both institutionally and individually
Suggest topics or themes
Sugge...
Thank You
Sally Hardy
Chief Executive
Regional Studies Association
www.regionalstudies.org
sally.hardy@regionalstudies.org
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Launch of Brazil’s Candidacy to host the 2014 Global Conference of the Regional Studies Association / Sally Hardy Chief Executive Regional Studies Association

  1. 1. Launch of Brazil’s Candidacy to host the 2014 Global Conference of the Regional Studies Association 19th March 2013 Sally Hardy Chief Executive Regional Studies Association www.regionalstudies.org sally.hardy@regionalstudies.org
  2. 2. Key Message ‘Throughout all the changes it has experienced, knowledge exchange and dissemination has always been at the very core of the Regional Studies Association’s activities. Indeed ... it has operated as a site of exchange between academics from different disciplines, universities and countries and also between the academic and practitioner worlds.’ James Hopkins, Manchester University, UK (2011)
  3. 3. Regional Debate Inclusion and Innovation Knowledge Exchange Policy Engagement Partnerships Conferences
  4. 4. Knowledge Exchange I Social Capital and the RSA “Learned societies’ core activities of publishing and meetings have a common element – they link researchers and, potentially, users of research together. Other activities such as awarding prizes, recognising achievement and maintaining disciplinary identity allow individuals to recognise and evaluate the work of others. It is through these activities that learned societies facilitate interaction by building and sustaining connections, relationships and access to other individuals and knowledge.” (Hopkins 2011, pg 59-60)
  5. 5. Knowledge Exchange II Information may be facts or understood data Knowledge is to do with flexible and adaptable skills Knowledge sharing - scholarly publications and presentations Knowledge transfer – formal training, provision of advice Knowledge exchange - two-way exchange of ideas and information
  6. 6. Knowledge Exchange III Three influential factors which affect a societies capability in knowledge exchange –  Purpose – does the society see knowledge exchange as a core aim?  Capacity – does it have the resource (people/time/financial) to engage in it?  Relationships with other bodies and individuals such as government departments, supra-national bodies, think tanks, professional associations, publishing companies etc Drawn from Developing Dialogue Report (2008)
  7. 7. Policy Engagement I  Captured in RSA aims and objects “to promote education in the field of regional studies by the exchange of ideas and information and to stimulate and aid studies and research and disseminate the results of such research”  Embedded in our governance structures –  Board members  RSA Research Committee  RSA Publications Committee  Territory, Politics, Governance Policy Advisory Board
  8. 8. Policy Engagement II Engagement with policy takes many forms –  Consultations/Evidence - Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones (All party group) - Territorial Dimensions of the Future EU Cohesion Policy  Conferences/Events - often contentious - High Speed Rail – Palace of Westminster  Publications - The Future of Regional Policy - Changing Gear – is localism the new regionalism? - Regional Studies – Policy Debates section • • The regional dimensions of the transition to a low carbon economy – Australia Size, location and agglomeration effects of inward FDI in the USA
  9. 9. Regional Debate Inclusion and Innovation Knowledge Exchange Policy Engagement Partnerships Conferences
  10. 10. RSA Connection to Regional Debates I EU Cohesion Policy Conference 2011– Fifth Cohesion Report 180 participants / 29 countries Participation - academia, EC officials and managing authorities 61 papers / 27 sessions including plenaries, workshops and roundtables  Topics: Outcomes: - Europe 2020 and Cohesion Policy – new directions Territorial Cooperation – the concept of macro-regions Monitoring and evaluation of Cohesion Policy Territorial cooperation across external borders Journal articles, SI Studies in Agricultural Economics RSA Research Network “Effectiveness, added value and future of EU Cohesion Policy”
  11. 11. RSA Connection to Regional Debates II RSA Membership in 2012 Over 300 members Between 10 and 300 members Under 10 members
  12. 12. RSA Connection to Regional Debates III RSA Membership 2012 By Discipline RSA Membership in 2012 by Discipline 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%
  13. 13. Regional Debate Inclusion and Innovation Knowledge Exchange Policy Engagement Partnerships Conferences
  14. 14. RSA International Conferences 1967-2014
  15. 15. RSA Conferences II Exchange with concrete experiences, understanding regional development in China, strengthening linkages with the RSA Elkin Velasquez, UN-Habitat, Kenya 2012 A free conference place! What a treat. I could not have attended the RSA Leuven conference without the bursary. It was a great event and I was able to do brilliant networking. Joanie Willet, PhD Student, University of Exeter, UK, 2010. It was perfect place to get ideas, to meet people, to discuss with scientists in official and informal atmosphere. It was perfect event. Gintare Pociute, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania 2012 Ideal global context, many Asian participants, combination of different views on regional policy making Ida Musiaklowsak, Poznan University of Economics, Poland Good range of countries represented, interesting parallel sessions. Kristine Peters, Flinders University, Australia
  16. 16. Regional Debate Inclusion and Innovation Knowledge Exchange Policy Engagement Partnerships Conferences
  17. 17. RSA Partnership Working I European Partnerships Open Days – European Week of Regions and Cities (Brazilian Mostra) Open Days - c.6000 practitioners, policy makers and academics 100 sessions - exchange of best practice and panel debates OD University - 8 sessions, exchange views, test new academic concepts in regional and urban planning RSA is now the exclusive partner for the OD University Early Career Poster Competition – to recognise and reward new talent and encourage policy engagement 2013 innovation - Master Class which will incorporate a World Café session
  18. 18. RSA Partnership Working II Smith Institute • • • think tank promoting progressive policies for a fairer society provides a high-level forum for new thinking and debate on public policy and politics interested not only in innovation and new ideas but also how to translate policy into practice RSA has collaborated since 2009 Two publications and one coming …. Three events and one coming …. xx Collaboration brings different stakeholders together
  19. 19. Regional Debate Inclusion and Innovation Knowledge Exchange Policy Engagement Partnerships Conferences
  20. 20. RSA Membership 2012 Inclusivity Band D By Bands (GDP per capita ppp basis) Band B 12% Band A 77% Band C 2 9% % Brazil moved in 2013 from Band C to Band B reflecting growth in its GDP per capita. Associate By Categories Individual 48% Student 20% Early Career 20% 6% Corporate Honorary 2 2 % %
  21. 21. Innovation RSA seeks to engage with the wider community in all its endeavours – research, publishing, events Publishing – New journal launch - open access, 2014 Territory, Politics, Governance – new launch 2013 Conference - UCLA conference strategy Social media - twitter feeds, face book sites Other ideas? Master Class or Student and Early Career day? Residential fieldtrips?
  22. 22. Why is the Brazilian Conference important to the RSA? RSA sees conferences as the start of something new We want to learn from the Brazilian experience We would like to see opportunities arise from this event for    Collaborative work Research An RSA Division
  23. 23. It’s not all work FILM PREMIER “Rivers, Environment and Development in Europe and Asia”
  24. 24. What is your role?         Get involved – both institutionally and individually Suggest topics or themes Suggest key speakers who you’d like to hear Offer to give a paper Chair a session Act as a session discussant Ask questions in the sessions Talk to lots of other participants Join us in the Regional Studies Association www.regionalstudies.org
  25. 25. Thank You Sally Hardy Chief Executive Regional Studies Association www.regionalstudies.org sally.hardy@regionalstudies.org
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