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Call for Papers: 56th North American Regional Science Association International Conference


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Join us in San Francisco, California for the 56th North American Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Conference sponsored by the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA). The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square, from Wednesday, November 18 to Saturday, November 21 2009.

For your convenience, we have updated our on-line abstract submission and payment registration system. You can learn more about the conference, submit an abstract, and register for the conference at the NARSC Website at:


It is easy to register. Click on the link to the conference section for general information on the conference. To register for the conference or submit an abstract/session online you must first login to the User Area via the button that is located at the top left of the webpage. If you attended the NARSC conference last year, or a recent conference organized by WRSA, MCRSA/CRSA, SRSA, or RSAmericas, and remember your username and password, you are ready to proceed. If you attended an earlier conference, attended one of the conference mentioned above and forgot your username/password, or are a member of a North American regional science organization who never attended any of these meetings, you will be asked to enter your provided username and password when you reach the login page of the User Area. Otherwise, when you reach the login page of the User Area, you will be asked to click on a link and enter your e-mail address so we can check if you are already in our database. If you are in our database, your username and password will be e-mailed to you so you can login. If you are not in our database, you will need to register for a free NARSC user account and then you will be able to register for the conference and submit an abstract.

Once logged in, you can change your password, update your profile, submit an abstract/session, register for the conference starting on May 22, and check the status of your registration. You will be able to come to login to your account in the User Area subsequently using your valid username and password. In case you forget your password, just contact technical support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a click on the “Forgot your password?” link in the User Area, enter your e-mail address and your e-mail address and your password will be e-mailed to you so you can login. If you do not receive your password via e-mail, check to make sure that there are no messages from narsc.org that were caught by your spam filter.

Individual papers and sessions must be submitted online in the abstract submission section of the Website between May 22 and August 1, 2009. The conference registration section is open and allows secure electronic financial transactions. We are also pleased to continue the graduate student paper competition. Be sure to consult the conference website for additional information and details.

Conference organizers welcome individual papers and organized sessions relating to a wide variety of topics inclusive within the diverse realm of regional science. We are an international scholarly organization that focuses on regional analysis, ranging from urban and spatial theory to applied problems in regional development, sustainability, environmental management, and rural land use. We are an interdisciplinary association, with members representing fields as diverse as economics, agricultural economics, public policy, urban planning, civil engineering, geography, finance, and demography. The annual North American RSAI conference is the premier regional science meeting in North America and attracts scholars and practitioners from around the world.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Grand Hyatt at a rate of $199 per night. We advise you to make your reservations early to secure your own spot on the premises of what will be another memorable event.

This year, a new schedule for conference registration and placement of paper on the conference program will be implemented. Once you have been received notification from the Program Chair of acceptance of an abstract or organized session, all participants are required to register and pay the conference registration fee within two weeks in order to confirm placement on the Program. In no case will a paper or session be included on the Preliminary Program posted on or around October 1 unless all relevant participants are registered. In the case of a paper submission, this means payment by at least one (presenting) author. In the case of an organized session, this means payment by at least one (presenting) author for each of the included papers in the session. Acceptance notification will be issued before August 15, 2009.

If you have questions about the program, local arrangements, or submitting a paper or session, or experience any difficulties, contact the 2009 Program Chair, Serge Rey

Tel.: 480-965-7533

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For local arrangements issues, please contact the 2009 Local Organizing Committee Chair, David Plane

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We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!




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The Regional Science Association International (RSAI), founded in 1954, is an international community of scholars interested in the regional impacts of national or global processes of economic and social change.

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