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Call for Special Session Proposals


Special Session Proposal Format
Proposals for special sessions should include:

  • The special session title
  • The name(s) of the organizer(s), with affiliation(s) and email(s) (identifying the chair)
  • The aim and scope of the special session (500 words)

Special session proposals should be sent by August 30, 2017 to the secretariat of the Congress at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Abstracts Submission Process
Authors submit abstracts for special sessions through session Organizers.
The organizers of the special session should ask for:

  • title;
  • authors(s);
  • affiliations and emails (indicate the presenter and corresponding author);
  • three keywords;
  • abstract (400-500 words).

Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstract: January 12, 2018

After the abstract submission deadline the organizer(s) should send all the submissions to secretariat of the Congress at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The secretariat will insert the data in the CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM and give full access to the organizer for the management of the abstracts.


Call for Abstracts

The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the Regional Science Association of India invite regional scientists, economists, economic geographers, urban planners, policy makers, and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, with the main theme "Spatial Systems: Social Integration, Regional Development and Sustainability". The Congress will be hosted by the Regional Science Association of India.

We invite formal paper presentations (deadline of November 30, 2017). Organizers of special session are also welcome. The abstract submission portal is now open. Full information on the venue, abstract submission, registration, schedule of events, accommodation and travel information is posted at


About the Focal Theme

Across the world, communities are striving to achieve an ecologically and socially secure future. The intricately linked ideas of sustainability and integration are the key to achieving our development goals. As regional scientists, our common pursuit of a sustainable future may be attained with more efficient understanding of the ‘region’ as a spatial unit. Keeping this objective in mind, the theme of the 2018 Congress highlights the importance of analyzing spatial systems as not just physical space or social space, but shared space. The sub-themes will be aimed at providing a platform for debates and discussions around the key issues of contemporary regional science and carve out the way to future research agenda.


Sub themes

  • Big Data for Regional Science
  • Cooperation and Development
  • Environmental Issues
  • Infrastructure, Transportation and Accessibility
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Location of Economic Activity
  • Methods in Regional Science and Urban Economics
  • Migration and Labor Markets
  • Real Estate and Housing
  • Regional and Urban Policy and Governance
  • Regional Finance, Investment or Capital Markets
  • Rural Development
  • Social Integration
  • Spatial Planning
  • Spatial Systems in Transitional economies
  • Tourism

We look forward to welcoming you in the dazzling city of Goal in May 2018.

With warmest regards,

The Organizing Committee

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