Urban and Rural Wellbeing, First Nations Economies and Global Value Chains for 
Regional Sustainability
RSA Australasia Conference 
11th – 13th February 2019, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury, 
Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

Abstract submission and Early Bird Registration 
Extended until 31st October 2018

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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know the abstract submission and early bird 
registration deadline for the RSA Australasia Conference has been extended 
until 31st October 2018. Please see below for the call for abstracts.

New Zealand and Australia occupy a distinctive position in global location, 
offering opportunities for unique contributions to understanding of regional 
economies and their dynamics. As proponents of Southern Theory have argued ours 
is a history of legacies from colonialism, with enduring impacts on the nature 
and functioning of regions and economies. 

The centrality of land-use choices and connections to global markets in shaping 
the economies of Australasia have impacted on the experiences of First Nations 
peoples and have challenged capacities for innovation and the forging of new 
regional futures in a post-industrial world. These realities are pressing as 
New Zealand and Australia become more tightly embedded in global supply 
networks and value chains than ever before. 

Asian investment is reconfiguring national and regional economies, disrupting 
long-established relationships with Europe and North America. International 
students are a central feature of the tertiary education sector in Australia 
and New Zealand, influencing new investment in our cities. As members of a 
Trans Pacific Partnership that does not include the US, both nations may see 
new forms of development that create opportunities and risks for First Nations 
economies and for regional economies as new markets for land-based products and 
resources emerge.

The RSA’s Third Australasia conference will address these issues in keynote 
addresses <https://www.regionalstudies.org/sessions/2019-australasia-plenary/> 
and special 
 The conference also encourages presentation of research on any of the 
following major themes.

Enabling regional development: policy, strategies and practice

Innovation and entrepreneurship in regional economies

Smart specialisation and place-based development

Infrastructure investment and regional productivity

Smart cities and city deals

Urban development and the emerging roles of peri-urban places

New urban and regional theories, paradigms and perspectives

Mega urban regions, pan-regional approaches and alternative regionalisms

Governance, failures of governance and the leadership of cities and regions

Regional livelihoods and global agri-food value chains

First Nations economies: environmental stewardship and economic wellbeing

First Nations economies: mining and the resource economy

Spatial justice and inclusive growth

Special Economic Zones and spaces of exception

Regional autonomy, decentralisation and intergovernmental relations

Local government and regional wellbeing

Industrial policy and strategy, clusters and business incubators

Tourism development, technological disruption and emerging markets in Asia

Climate change, sustainability and resilience at the local and regional level

Innovation in analytical methods and big data

New approaches to measuring the impacts of local economic development

New perspectives on spatial planning in emerging and established economies

EU policy and its implications for other economies

US economic development – trends and opportunities

Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative and the reshaping of trade and 
political alliances

Early career development in regional studies and regional science: which 
strategies, what impact?

Who should participate?
Policy makers and government officials;
Elected and professional representatives from local governments;
Regional development practitioners;
Think tank researchers;
Consultants and interested individuals; and,
Academics and research students.

We look forward to seeing you in Christchurch.

Best wishes,

Lesa Reynolds
Project Manager – Events & Conferences

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