Registration is open for the third conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability', with the central topic of ‘spatial smartness’. A preliminary programme is now also available.

The conference will be held on 21-22 September 2017 at the University of Gdańsk, Poland, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Institute, Gdańsk. The University of Westminster is a co-partner, led by Tassilo Herrschel. The deadline for registrations is 20 August 2017.

The RSA Network understands the concept of 'smartness' as balancing the competing quests for urban international competitiveness, national economic development, societal and territorial cohesion as well as environmental protection and addressing climate change. ‘Smart governance’ therefore involves finding effective forms of governance that seek to reconcile these multiple interests, and minimise conflicts.

The conception of ‘spatial smartness’, the focus of the conference, refers to innovative engagement with territory in city-regional governance. This considers the links between a city and its wider region, as well as 'soft' or 'virtual' spaces that arise through city networks, institution-based connections, international relationships and collaborative governance.

Image: aerial view of the Manchester skyline, which is now part of a statutory city-region. Copyright: Neil Mitchell / courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

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