Dear List-members,

The seventh CJRES-conference will be held on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July 2020 
at St Catharine's College in Cambridge. The title of this year's conference is 
'Spatial Policy for the Post-Crisis Era'. At the bottom of this e-mail you can 
find more information on the conference theme.

Registration for the conference is via the following website:

If you would like to present at the conference, then please send an abstract of 
about 400 words to Francis Knights at<> 
as soon as possible (preferably before 1 March 2020). We welcome contributions 
that engage with the conference theme from a wide variety of perspectives and 
from all over the globe, by academics and non-academics at various stages in 
their careers.

On the back of the conference, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and 
Society (5-year impact factor 4.811) will publish a journal issue on the same 
topic. The call for papers for this issue can be found at;data=02%7C01%7CECONOMICGEOGRAPHY-L%40LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU%7C165d65de3ffb44260dcd08d79e41fcae%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637151878565522090&amp;sdata=sVJBzgofzk9HMZ06%2Br2DdGFjexSA0Ho4Dh2sJXiLCko%3D&amp;reserved=0.
 Full papers will need to be received by 1 November 2020 for publication of the 
issue in March 2022. (In case you cannot attend the conference in July, but 
would nevertheless be interested in publishing a paper in this issue of the 
journal, then please send in an abstract by 1 March 2020 to<>, mentioning 'Spatial Policy for the 
Post-Crisis Era - journal issue only'. Furthermore, there are currently also 
calls for papers open for two more issues of the journal: 'Regional Foundations 
of Energy Transitions' and 'Geographies of Discontent: Sources, Manifestations 
and Consequences'; for more information see;data=02%7C01%7CECONOMICGEOGRAPHY-L%40LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU%7C165d65de3ffb44260dcd08d79e41fcae%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637151878565522090&amp;sdata=s97xyBr7Y7opjb01j5PFECvmzHlSsHr4pTA4WQiHiNE%3D&amp;reserved=0.

We are looking forward to another stimulating and lively conference, in the 
very pleasant surroundings offered by Cambridge in the middle of the summer!

Emil Evenhuis (PBL - Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and 
University of Southampton),
on behalf the conference organisers:
Ron Martin (University of Cambridge)
Flavia Martinelli (Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria)
Mia Gray (University of Cambridge)
Judith Clifton (University of Cantabria)

Spatial Policy for the Post-Crisis Era

Almost twenty years have passed since Ron Martin's article on 'Geography and 
public policy: the case of the missing agenda' (2001), in which he called for a 
'policy turn'. Since then, although the conceptual and empirical bases of urban 
and regional studies have expanded apace, and geographers and regional studies 
scholars have become more concerned about their policy impact, policy research 
in these fields remains underdeveloped. Meanwhile, from the World Bank to the 
OECD, to the European Commission, to national governments, to individual 
regional and city authorities, policy bodies are increasingly recognising that 
'geography matters' for economic prosperity, social welfare and individual 
wellbeing, even if these various bodies have different interpretations of 
exactly how it matters and how far and in what ways it should inform policy. We 
may not always agree with how such bodies interpret or use 'geography' or 
'place' in their deliberations and pronouncements, but the heart of the matter 
is that geography and place are firmly on the policy agenda. If then there is a 
growing demand for our theoretical and explanatory insights, the nature of 
those insights and how best to supply them surely matters. The more so at a 
time when spatial disparities in socio-economic welfare, political orientation, 
environmental conditions, and access over resources have intensified, 
contributing to a more uncertain and divided world.

With these considerations in mind, the aim of this conference is to explore and 
mobilise a critical and pragmatic discussion on public policy - its mission, 
its domains of action, its toolkit - within the urban and regional studies 
community. To that end, we envisage the following themes and topics, among 

*       The ethical dimension of urban and regional studies and the need for 
more policy-committed research

*       Forms of policy-orientated research

*       The case for spatial policy-making; both place-based policy and the 
territorialisation of national policies

*       Alternative strategies for socially inclusive and economically 
sustainable urban and regional development

*       The spatially and socially just transition to a low-carbon economy

*       The urban and regional policy governance conundrum: local vs 
centralised institutions

*       The labour market: urban and regional policy for better jobs

*       Public services for more competitive and inclusive places

*       Housing: the forgotten agenda

*       Well-being without growth

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