34th ERSA Summer School

The European Regional Science Association is pleased to announce in collaboration with RSAI, ERSA Dutch Section and the University of Groningen, the opportunity for Ph.D. students and young researchers to participate in the 34th ERSA Summer School.

Due to the continuing uncertainty with Covid situation, the ERSA Summer School 2021 will be 100% onlineThe programme will start on Sunday 27th June pm and end on Friday 2nd July. Wednesday 30 June will be free.

The 34th edition of the ERSA Summer  School features "Spatial Analysis of Regional Inequalities" 


Key dates

Call for Application start       26 February 2021

Application deadline              30 March 2021

Notification of acceptance     26 April 2021 & Registration start

Registration deadline             14 May 2021   


The ERSA Summer School will be take place in a virtual format from June 27 - July 2, 2021.

Online Agenda

The agenda is out. Latest update: 19 June, 2021 

Please note: The academic lectures will be recorded and posted on ERSA YouTube channel (with the agreement of professors). 

Programme Structure

Sunday 27 June 2021 pm   Welcome and Keynote, Get together and PhD Blitz 

Monday 28 June 2021    Lectures and student presentations

Tuesday 29 June 2021   Lectures, GIS fieldwork/tutorial and student presentations 

Wednesday, 30 June 2021   Free

Thursday 1 July 2021   Lectures, lab sessions and student presentations

Friday 2 July 2021   Lectures, student presentations, career afternoon, closing

Central theme: Spatial Analysis and Regional Inequalities

Regional Inequalities are a significant challenge for regional science with several issues, needs, opportunities but also threats for regions with different sectoral specializations. Production, innovation, and consumption systems, labour markets, entrepreneurship, education and human capital, urban versus rural development, transport and mobility are just a few examples of elements that play a role in the dynamics of regional inequalities including the spatial analysis and implications of COVID19. The Summer School will focus on the most relevant concepts for analyzing spatial inequalities as well as analytical models and frameworks required to be able to understand the determinants of inequalities and the implications for policy.

Format and Goals

The Summer School will be organized in an intensive week of lectures and presentations by participants. The program will largely have the same format (from Sunday till Saturday) as the successful Summer Schools in Bratislava (2018) and Katowice (2019).
Key features of the pedagogical approach adopted by the Summer School are as follows:

  1. Young researchers’ sessions which are devoted to doctoral and post-doctoral students’ presentations of their work to participants and senior researchers (professors and lecturers).

  2. During the morning plenary lectures are offered by invited professors. Lectures cover a large variety of issues regarding recent advances in theory and applications in regional science, especially on the theme of the School. The “ERSA Award 2020 Lecture” given by Alessandra Faggian. Other plenary lectures are related to the topic of the Summer School and will be given by Ózge Öner, Eveline van Leeuwen and Sjoerd Beugelsdijk. Introductory lectures on GIS and Spatial Econometrics are given by Dimitris Ballas and Paul Elhorst, respectively.

  3. Career afternoon Master Class. Alessandra Faggian will talk about her research itinerary and will discuss ways to develop an academic career. Anet Weterings will talk about working as a researcher in a policy environment and Frank Crowley will share his experience in the use of social media in the dissemination of research results.

  4. A social and educational fieldtrip/excursion by boat or bike in the surroundings of the city of Groningen.

  5. Great importance is given to informal discussions, which are precious for sharing experiences and expanding networks, among participants and with invited professors who are asked to stay a few days for that purpose. The organisation aims at creating moments for get-together activities (shared meals, field visits, get-together dinner, pubquiz, etc.


Indicative topics:

  • Spatial inequalities in well-being and happiness
  • Entrepreneurship, tourism and rural dynamics
  • Spatial analysis of and implications of COVID19
  • Spatial analysis of the quality of governance and populism
  • Transport, land use and accessibility
  • Migration, mobility behaviour and demographic change
  • Regional and urban development, labour markets, policy and governance;
  • Change in location of economic activity.



Alessandra Faggian
Gran Sasso Institute
L'Aquila, Italy

Eveline van Leeuwen Wageningen University & Research
The Netherlands

Otto Raspe
The Netherlands

Özge Öner
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Paul Elhorst
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Dimitris Ballas
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Anet Weterings
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
The Netherlands

Frank Crowley
University College Cork University

The plenary lecturers will be recorded and made available via the Summer school Website and the ERSA YouTube channel.


Scientific Committee/Local Organising Committee

  • Dimitris Ballas
  • Aleid Brower
  • Paul Elhorst
  • Dylan Jong
  • Sierdjan Koster
  • Bart Los
  • Jouke van Dijk
  • Eveline van Leeuwen
  • Jeannet Brondsema (secretariat)

Contact us

Contact persons: 

• Local Organising Committee
  Jeannet Brondsema (secretariat)
j.t.brondsema@rug.nl or secr.cg-eg@rug.nl

• ERSA Office
  Nurul Bariroh
  E-mail: office@ersa.org