RSA Annual Conference ‘Urban Centres and Regional Economic Development’

The Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association – Irish Branch is taking place this Friday, 1st September at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Grangegorman. This year’s theme is ‘Urban Centres and Regional Economic Development’ and the conference will be opened by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD.


Urban areas are major contributors to national economies and play a key role in balanced regional development. Key issues facing urban centres include managing urban expansion and congestion as well as promoting competitiveness, innovation, and environmental sustainability. There are increasing calls for support of regional economic development through diverse infrastructure investments determined by regional and national priorities to foster linkages between urban centres in Ireland. These are among the issues that will be discussed at this one-day conference.

Sessions on the day will include

• National Planning Framework and Governance
• Brexit and Housing
• Regional Economic Development
• International Perspectives
• Perspectives of the Regional Assemblies
• Rural and Urban areas in Regions


Speakers include Andy Pike from the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University and Mike Danson from Heriot-Watt University. Among the other speakers are Jim Walsh (MU), Niamh Moore-Cherry (UCD), Gerard Brady (IBEC), Ronan Lyons (TCD), Justin Doran (UCC) and the directors of the three Regional Assemblies. Pauline White, Policy Analyst with the Western Development Commission (WDC) will present on ‘Regional Growth – Rural areas, towns and cities’


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The €70 conference fee includes lunch.