Regional Studies Association

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Not to be confused with the Regional Science Association International.

The Regional Studies Association is a major international learned society that is concerned with the analysis of regions and regional issues. Through its international membership, the RSA provides an authoritative voice of, and network for, academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and interested lay people in the field of regional studies.

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) organises frequent events and conferences, and publishes the journals Regional Studies,[1] Spatial Economic Analysis,[2] and Territory, Politics, Governance,[3] the open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science,[4] its Regions and Cities book series[5] with the publisher Taylor and Francis, and its newsletter, Regions.[6]

The RSA’s Research Networks[7] are formed by RSA members to organise a series of events to examine an issue of collective interest. The Association offers grants of up to a maximum of £3000 to members wishing to establish a Research Network.

The Association comprises a large number of branches and country sections.

The RSA's President is Sir Peter Hall and its Chief Executive Sally Hardy. The RSA's Chair is Professor Andrew Beer (Adelaide University); he succeeded Professor David Bailey who served two terms as Chair over 2006-12.

Sir Peter was awarded the RSA's Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Regional Studies at the RSA's Presidential Lunch held at the House of Commons in September 2008. In subsequent years the Association has awarded an annual Sir Peter Hall Prize for outstanding contribution to the field of Regional Studies, with recipients including Ann Markusen, John Bachtler, John Goddard and Michael Storper. The most recent recipient in 2013 was Professor Allen J. Scott.

The RSA is a member society of the Academy of Social Sciences, previously known as the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.[8] The Association is also a recognised United Nations NGO with Consultative Status (ECOSOC).

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