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Congress Themes and Session Information

The congress theme is ‘Social progress for resilient regions’, but the congress covers all fields in Regional Science. In addition to the general themes, a limited set of Special Sessions will be organized. The Special Sessions address specific and topical themes in Regional Science.

Special Sessions (S)

S01. Regional Resilience in the face of Natural Disasters and Climate Change (in association with the Waddenacademie)
        Alessandra Faggian, Luciana Lazzeretti, Silvia Rita Sedita, Jouke van Dijk
S02. Urban Disasters and Resilience Policies of Cities
        Kamila Borsekova, Peter Nijkamp
S03. The Impact of Earthquakes on Regional Housing Markets and Regional Economic Development
        Roderik Ponds, Harry Garretsen, Gerard Marlet
S05. Smart Rural Development and Beyond
        André Torre, Fred Wallet
S07. Regional and Urban Perspectives on Individual Well-Being
        Camilla Lenzi, Philip S. Morrison, Giovanni Perucca, Paolo Veneri
S08. Happy Communities: Effects of Social Interaction
        Aleid Brouwer, Eveline van Leeuwen, Heike Delfmann
S09. Tourism for Resilient Regions (in association with the Waddenacademie)
        Jouke van Dijk, Stefan Hartman
S11. Determinants of Unemployment in Regions
        Stephan Brunow
S12. Real Estate and Housing (in association with ERES)
        Paloma Taltavull, Gunther Maier, Arno van der Vlist
S13. Measuring Agglomeration Advantages using Innovative Geo-Data
        Joachim Möller
S14. Are Cities more Productive but less Inclusive? (in association with European Commission)
        Lewis Dijkstra, Laura de Dominicis
S15. Problems and Prospects of Slowly Growing Medium-sized Cities
        Rüdiger Hamm, Martin Rosenfeld, Artur Ochojski, Alina Schoenberg, Ondřej Slach
S16. What is the Place of Retail in Contemporary Cities?
        Krystian Heffner, Małgorzata Twardzik
S17. W on the Focus
        Jesus Mur, Ana Angulo
S18. Mapping Urban Networks
        Gudrun Haindlmaier
S19. Foreign Investment, Multinationals and Regional Development
        Riccardo Crescenzi, Nicola Cortinovis, Frank van Oort
S21. Walled Territories
        Andrea Székely, Thomaz Dentinho
S22. Spatial Demography in Regional Science
        Rachel Franklin, Jacques Poot
S23. Counterfactual Methods for Regional Policy Evaluation
        Elena Ragazzi, Marco Mariani, Lisa Sella
S24. The EU Cohesion Policy after the Crisis and Brexit
        Riccardo Crescenzi, Ugo Fratesi, Vassilis Monastiriotis
S25. More than Planning: Land Use and its Policies in the OECD (in association with the OECD)
        Abel Schumann
S27. Place-based Policies and International Embeddedness
        Dirk Dohse, Dirk Fornahl, Robert Gold
S28. Territorial Policy Impact Assessments in CGE Models
        Martin Aarøe Christensen, Francesco di Comite
S29. Spatial CGE Modeling and Transport Issues
        Tomoki Ishikura, Atsushi Koike
S30. Trade and Entrepreneurship for Growth in all Regions (in association with the OECD)
        Alexander Lembcke, Paolo Veneri
S31. The Social Dimension of Entrepreneurship in the Context of Economic Crisis
        Veronique Schutjens, Darja Reuschke
S32. National and International Locational Preferences of Firms
          Dario Musolino, Ilaria Mariotti
S34. A new Industrial and Regional Policy for European Growth and Integration        
        Riccardo Cappellin, Enrico Ciciotti

General Themes (G)

G01. Social Progress for Resilient Regions
G02. Regional Economic Development
G03. Regional or Urban Labour Markets
G04. Migration, Commuting or Mobility
G05. Infrastructure, Transportation or Accessibility
G06. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
G07. Benefits of Agglomeration
G08. Education
G09. Tourism
G11. International Trade and FDI
G12. Regional or Urban Policy, Governance 
G13. Institutions
G14. Real Estate and Housing
G15. Regional Finance, Investment or Capital Markets
G16. Convergence/Divergence
G17. Rural Issues
G18. Environmental Issues or Sustainable Development
G19. Location of Economic Activity
G20. Methods in Regional Science or Urban Economics

Session Information


All papers in Refereed Sessions, Special Sessions and the Epainos Sessions have been assigned discussants. As a discussant, you provide feedback on the paper and presentation and kick off the general discussion. As a rule, there is a maximum of 5 minutes for the discussant. Papers assigned to you, can be accessed through the online programme if the paper has been made publically available by the author(s). If the paper is not available in the online programme, discussants can access the paper through the discussant’s portal (use your ERSA login credentials). If a paper has not been uploaded, please contact the author and/or the special session conveners directly for access.


All sessions have been assigned chairs. The chair’s main job is to allow all presenters the allotted time to present their work. Please, do not change the order of presentation. In R-sessions, S-Sessions and YSS/Epainos sessions, the chair also makes sure the discussant has the opportunity to reflect on the presentation and paper.


Every Presentation room will be equipped with a computer already connected to a screen to project your presentation. All computers are equipped with a USB port as well as Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Power Point. Please bring your presentations in these file formats already on a USB flash drive.

As a guideline, the following schedule can be used:

O-Sessions (4 papers in 90 minutes): 15 minutes presentation + 7 minutes discussion
R-, S- and Epainos Sessions (3 papers in 90 minutes): 20 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussant + 5 minutes general discussion