37th ERSA Summer School

Quantitative Methods Addressing Geographical Imbalances: New Techniques, Frameworks and Applications

3 - 7 June 2024, Oviedo, Spain


37th ERSA Summer School

The European Regional Science Association, in collaboration with the School of Economics and Business and REGIOlab at the University of Oviedo (Spain), the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the Spanish Regional Science Association (AECR), is pleased to announce the organisation of the 37th ERSA Summer School which will be held at University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, from 3 -7 June 2024. 

This 37th edition will feature the theme “Quantitative Methods Addressing Geographical Imbalances: New Techniques, Frameworks and Applications”.


Preliminary programme

The program will offer a combination of theoretical/paper sessions focused on understanding territorial imbalances and methodological/technical sessions that introduce advanced methods and techniques.

Hands-on 1 - Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning for spatial analysis,
Hands-on 2 - Estimating Local Data using Entropy Econometrics,
Hands-on 3 - Spatial Econometric Analysis using Geographically Weighted Regressions (GWR),
Hands-on 4 - Utilizing Network Analysis for Economic Geography,
Hands-on 5 - Applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to Regional Economics. 


University of Oviedo

"Estimating local data using entropy econometrics"

Katarzyna Kopczewska
University of Warsaw

Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning for spatial analysis


Open University of Catalonia, Spain

“Applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to RegionalEconomics”


University of Bristol

"Utilizing Network Analysis for Economic Geography"


"Spatial Econometric Analysis using Geographically Weighted Regressions (GWR)"

University of Oviedo


University of Oviedo


Structure of the week
The 2024 Summer School has the following structure:

  • Lectures on theoretical or applied papers (preferably published papers) about territorial imbalances and various dimensions of spatial inequalities.
  • Working groups (hands-on) introducing advanced methods and techniques related to the paper presented that day.
  • Students’ Presentations Sessions where they have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects with the instructors and other senior researchers.
  • Technical Visit (subject to additional funding) to the “Ecomuseo minero Valle de Samuño” (Mining Ecomuseum Valle de Samuño). It is a museum composed of mainly two elements: the mining train that travels through the old trench of the Valle de Samuño railway, entering an old mining gallery, and the San Luis Shaft, where all the former facilities are preserved and exhibited (machine house, bathing house, infirmary, first aid room, head frame, offices, etc.). The museum is situated in the natural environment of the Samuño River Valley, 30 minutes away from Oviedo.
  • Other items in the social programme include the welcoming reception and get together with a traditional Asturian “Espicha” and the closing lunch on the last day oft he Summer School.

The Summer School will be held entirely in English.


In sum, the goal of the 2024 Summer School is to provide PhD students and young researchers with:

  • Advanced training in topics related to interregional inequalities and spatial imbalances, and their relationship with the recent literature on the geography of discontent and left-behind places, both theoretically and methodologically.
  • An opportunity to present and discuss their own research.
  • The acquisition of skills and knowledge to advance their careers as researchers.
  • A chance to learn and create their own long-term network on an international level.

Throughout the week, a collaborative atmosphere will be fostered, with professors and early-career researchers working closely together. Organized by REGIOlab, a group with extensive experience in hosting similar events, the 2024 summer school will focus on interactive and participatory training sessions, moving beyond traditional classes and presentations.

This event is expected to have a substantial academic impact on the participants through improving their methodological skills and research experience. It will encourage meaningful discussions and exchange of ideas between young researchers and field experts, fostering long-term academic collaboration. Additionally, due to its location, the summer school can serve as an opportunity for researchers from Southern Europe, Morocco, and Latin America, potentially assisting in the establishment of regional science structures in countries lacking national associations.

Application - Terms and Conditions

Selection of participants
The ERSA Summer School 2024 will aim to gather PhD students (especially the ones who are in the second half of their studies), post-doctoral students, and young researchers with less than 10 years’ experience from any research field interested in developing skills and learning new methods on the topics of interregional inequalities and spatial imbalances.

The Local Organizing Committee primarily according to the below-mentioned criteria will select participants. In addition to these criteria, the organizers will look for a mix of international participants. The number of participants is limited to approximately 20.

Application submission
PhD students and young researchers who want to participate in the 2024 Summer School should submit their application form via the below online ERSA Application portal by 26 March 2024 (midnight CET) and include (in PDF format):

  • A one-page summary of the research project students’ aim at presenting during the Summer School 
  • A one-page Motivation letter
  • A one-page CV of the applicant

After notification of acceptance and receipt of registration payment, the participants will be asked to upload an updated version of their intended presentation during the summer school.


After notification of acceptance, the accepted applicants must register and pay the participation fee before the registration & payment deadline. The registration link will be sent by mail to all successful applicants.

The fee

Participation fee: €250

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights - breakfast included.
  • Lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Summer school
  • Welcome reception, dinner, closing reception and social events
  • Technical excursion
Please note:

Participants must cover their own travel expenses to/from the Summer School venue.


Local Organising Committee

  • André Carrascal Incera (President), University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Alberto Díaz Dapena, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Esteban Fernández Vázquez, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Diana Gutiérrez Posada, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Fernando Rubiera Morollón, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Ana Viñuela Jiménez, University of Oviedo, Spain

Practical Information

Key Dates

Call for Application start             2 February 2024

Application deadline                   26 March 2024

Notification of acceptance          15 April 2024
& Registration start

Registration & payment              5 May 2024


The 37th ERSA Summer School will be held at School of Economics and Business at the University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, from 3 -7 June 2023.


The LOC has booked individual rooms including breakfast at the Residencia Aller (student accommodation) in Ovideo. More details on the residence can be found here.

Travel information

The School of Economics and Business is located in the Campus of El Cristo, on the outskirts of Oviedo.
Geographical Information System of the University of Oviedo (Campus El Cristo).

By car

  • From León or Mieres take the A-66 motorway.
  • From Gijón and Avilés take the A-8 and A-66 motorways.
  • From the East of Asturias take the A-64.
  • From the West take the A-63.

 By bus

  • Take the Oviedo city bus D2 or C2 going to 'Facultades'. Take care that outside of term times the C2 route finishes one stop before the faculty building.

  • The terminus for the route H2 is right beside the campus.

  • Intercity buses: ALSA bus company offers a regular service to Oviedo from practically all over Asturias with a special 'University bus' service to the campus.
  • Centrobus and Consorcio de Transporte de Asturias

 By train

  • Both RENFE and FEVE run services from practically all over Asturias. Intercity services are also available from León, Madrid and Barcelona at regular times.

 By plane

  • Asturias Airport (OVD) is located 47 km from Oviedo. There is a regular bus service to Oviedo provided by ALSA bus company.

Contact us

Local Organising Committee
  André Carrascal Incera, E-mail: carrascalandre@uniovi.es

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

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