City-REDI at ERSA Lyon

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City-REDI researchers have been involved in organising a range of special sessions at the European Regional Science Association Congress taking place in Lyon 27-30 August 2019. In particular, the topics are indicative of the expertise and research interests of the institute and cover:

S03. Engaging with the Digital World: the effects for society, places and individuals

Convenor(s): Tasos Kitsos, Raquel Ortega-Argiles, Emmanouil Tranos

This special session aims to bring together cross-disciplinary research on the Digital Economy at a subnational scale by bringing together research on:

  • The effects of Digital Economy adoption on regional economic performance
  • The socio-economic effects of engaging with the Digital Economy at the micro level (citizens, workers and firms)
  • New metrics on identifying digital economic activity, its spatial footprint and its evolution
S22. The politics of local and regional development

Convenor(s): Tasos Kitsos, Davide Luca, Yannis Psycharis

This special session aims to bring together cross-disciplinary research at the intersection of politics and regional development with a particular focus on:

  • Electoral politics and their impact on the geographical targeting of public goods;
  • The effects of distributive politics on regional development;
  • The effects of political ideologies and polarisation on development strategies and the evolution of regional economies;
  • The politics of fiscal devolution;
  • The politics of financialization of sub-national governance levels.
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S34. Regional Modelling: New Approaches and Data

Convenor(s): Andre Carrascal-Incera, Raquel Ortega-Argiles

This special session aims at gathering together researchers developing a series of modelling techniques devoted to analyze and compare sub-national economies. In particular, we are interested in analyses presenting original methodologies for improving the availability of regional data (at local or sub-national levels).

  • Imputation, matching and regionalization methods (entropy, CHARM, RAS and gravity modelling)
  • Empirical applications that have been done using novel sub-national data (regional environmental aspects, demographic and labour analysis, and household and consumption patterns).

Submissions are welcome either of a theoretical or empirical nature and either single region or multi-region analysis.

S46. Recent Trends in Regional Socio-Economic Inequalities

Convenor(s): Raquel Ortega-Argiles, Diana Gutierrez-Posada, Andre Carrascal-Incera

The aim of this special session is to promote discussion around the main topics behind regional socio-economic inequality, such as the recent trends linking inequality with digitalisation, automation, but also considering the effects of migration, globalization and offshoring, differences in skill composition and the level of job polarization, political devolution, and demographic patterns and migration, among the most significant ones.

Submissions based on evidence from different parts of the world are welcome either of a theoretical or empirical nature and either at the regional and urban level.


Submissions are invited for all of the sessions and the deadline is the 28 February 2019.


For further information on the special sessions, please contact the relevant convenors.

For further information on City-REDI’s research see here.

This blog was written by Dr Tasos Kitsos, City-REDI, University of Birmingham.  

The views expressed in this analysis post are those of the authors and not necessarily those of City-REDI or the University of Birmingham.

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