RSA International Research Network Seminar 2014

Birmingham Business School
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 5th (00:00) - Thursday 6th February 2014 (00:00)
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Leadership in Urban and Regional Development: Debates and New Directions

Deadline to submit your abstract: 1st October 2013
(Full papers are welcome but are not required for this seminar)

Related to the growing interest in spatially-informed accounts of leadership, this RSA research network seminar will explore key debates around leadership in urban and regional development that are relatively new. The principal aim of the seminar is to advance understanding of the role and contribution of (formal and emergent) leadership in the economic, social and environmental transformation of cities and regions.

To advance scholarship and learning, we are keen to receive abstracts that address the following themes:

  • In taking account of the changing conditions of urban and regional development - How might we better ‘theorize’ leadership (formal and emergent)?
  • To what extent might leadership influence the development of cities and regions? 
  • To what degree is leadership essential to the process of translating new policy initiatives – smart specialization, clusters, innovation networks etc – into effective actions at the urban and regional scale?
  • What role do/can national and supra-national organizations play in encouraging/enabling leadership at the community, city and regional scale? 
  • To what extent might leadership itself (whether effective, less effective or otherwise) be shaped – and also explained - by the conditions that characterize these settings?
  • How is leadership (formal and emergent) enacted these places – and how differently in different places – and why differently?
  • What difference does leadership (formal and emergent) make to urban and regional development outcomes? 
  • How can we know that it is making a difference?

Who should attend?

The seminar is open to all researchers, PhD students, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in leadership in urban and regional development.

Submission of abstracts

We invite participants to submit an abstract in English by email, of up to 800 words by no later than the 1st October 2013. Please send your full contact details and an abstract of your presentation (800 words - full written papers are not required for this seminar) to the seminar convenors:;; Acceptance of abstracts will be confirmed by mid-October 2013.

If you would like to attend this seminar without presenting please use the same contact details.

Participation costs

Participation at the event is subject to a small fee of £35 to cover venue and catering expenses. There are three free places for PhD students awarded on a first come basis. Thanks to the support of the Regional Studies Association, we are able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries to assist eligible (RSA member) attendees with their travel and accommodation costs. These bursaries are not available for RSA band ‘A’ country members (either individual or corporate).

Please let us know when you submit your abstract that you wish to apply for an RSA travel bursary. The bursary is redeemable on presentation of receipts for eligible expenses. Bursaries will be offered preferentially using the following criteria:

  • Member of the Regional Studies Association (from band ‘B’ to ‘D’ country)
  • Offering an abstract for presentation at the event
  • Student or Early Career Researcher
  • No access to own research or travel funds.