Regional Studies Association network inaugurates in Katowice

The City of Katowice and local academics joined the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on Transition and Resilience for Post-industrial Agglomerations in Central Europe. An inaugural seminar took place today in the University of Economics in Katowice.

The general aim of the proposed scientific network is searching for the specific driving forces and capabilities explaining the economic resilience of post-industrial agglomeration regions in Central Europe under the particular circumstances of their transition during the last two decades.

Parties involved in researches and cooperation include representatives of the University of Economics in Katowice, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, European Policies Research Centre Strathclyde University Glasgow, HTWK Leipzig, cities of Katowice and Bytom.

The network concentrates on evolutionary processes, factors influencing the resilience in times of crises and the specific challenges of Central European regions in contrast to Western European post-industrial agglomerations.

The ambitions of scientists involved in the project is to create a Central European think-tank for local and regional development policy recommendations within the RSA and to fill in the gap in internationalization of current research findings on the development of such urban areas in this part of Europe and to link it to theoretical and political debates in West Europe.

The Regional Studies Association is a global forum for city and regional research, development and policy It was established to promote education in the field of regional studies and seeks to be the authoritative network for academics, students, practitioners and policy makers in the study and understanding of regions and regionalism.