2021 RSA Europe Student and ECR Winter College

Regional Development and Public Policy

30 November 2021

Date and time

30 November 2021
01 December 2021



 November 30 – December 1, 2021, Online

Globalisation processes and technological change, as well as the on-going crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pose new challenges and traditional top-down development policies seem not to be suitable to address all these effectively.  At the same time, a territorial and participatory approach to economic development based on the mobilisation of local actors, resources and competitive advantages can prove successful only in those regions that have strong institutional settings. Both research and policy are increasingly focusing on the types of platforms needed to facilitate cross-actor, technology and industrial sector collaborative engagement, in an attempt to integrate top-down and bottom-up approaches to local development. The objective of the RSA Europe Student and ECR Winter College is to critically consider various novel regional policy approaches, while bringing together a variety of disciplinary dimensions and perspectives. RSA Europe’s 2021 Student and ECR Winter College aims to coach students and early career researchers to collaborate and work across disciplines in order to tackle these and related, societal challenges.


The RSA Europe’s Student and ECR Winter College has been established to focus on how ideas, theories, methods and data can be leveraged across disciplines for the purpose of scientific advancement. Applications are welcome from PhD candidates and post-docs/researchers who have been awarded a PhD in the past 5 years (or eight years, in case of documented significant career interruption for: maternity or parental leave; carer’s responsibility; illness; National Service; or non-research employment), from a variety of disciplines and institutional backgrounds.

Your application should include:

  • Two-page CV
  • Around 500 words statement of interest, including an introduction about yourself, outline of your current research project or PhD project, and how both of these connect to the theme of the RSA Europe Student and ECR Winter College

Application deadline 30th September

Places are limited to 20 and successful applicants will be notified in October 2021. If accepted to attend the RSA Europe Student and ECR Winter College, you will be asked to produce a 15min PowerPoint Presentation about your project that will then also be presented and discussed at the Winter College.

RSA Europe has kindly made 20 bursaries available for interested participants to attend this event. The RSA Europe Student and ECR Winter College is free to attend for selected bursary winners. Preference will be given to current RSA members. Click here to find out more about the Regional Studies Association and its membership offer for students and Early Career Researchers.

Click here to view the preliminary programme

Feedback from previous participants:

"The RSA Europe College was a stimulating experience, through which I met many scholars doing research on skills and innovation. This was certainly a recommended experience for early career researchers who have multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary orientations in their research." Jason C Wong, LSE, 2019 participant

"During these days, we learnt that cross-fertilization of ideas and multidisciplinarity are fundamental ingredients to push regional research towards new frontiers and improve the world we live in. Sharing ideas and opinions with both instructors and participants was a unique experience and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours. Should you get the opportunity to go, do sign-up for this college and be prepared for a great time." Stefania, Tasos, Silvia, 2018 participants 


Click here to find out more about the Regional Studies Association and its membership offer for students and Early Career Researchers.

Key Dates

30 September 2021
Application deadline


Stefano Usai
Emanuela Marrocu
Dieter F. Kogler
Alessandro Plaisant


Katharina Bürger
Conference and Events Officer

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