For the third time, ERSA is happy to participate in the organisation of the University Session and The Master Class Programme which are part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities organised and led by the European Commission. The EWRC is the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development. This year’s theme is “‘Regions and Cities working for a better future’.

University Session

ERSA is leading organiser of one University Session:

“Counterfactual Methods for Regional and Urban Policy Evaluation” 11C105
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 14.30 – 17.00

Counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) is increasingly regarded as an essential tool for public decision-making, in that it allows to establish whether a public program works. At the same time, it is also the object of cutting-edge methodological and empirical research by statisticians, economists and political scientists.
Focusing on three themes of contemporary regional and urban policy that are object of compelling debate – Structural Funds, local welfare for immigrant inclusion, and urban vehicle access regulations – the workshop highlights the policy lessons that can be drawn from existing counterfactual evaluations and outlines the main opportunities and challenges ahead.

Register here!

Deadline for registration 29 September 2017!


Master Class

30 PhD students and early-career researchers have been selected to participate  in the 5th edition of this Master Class to be held between 8 and 12 October 2017. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy.

This year’s topics are:

  1. Resilient regions and cities: What local and regional strategies have proved successful in addressing the economic crisis and providing resilience? What lessons have regional and local authorities learned from the crisis and how has EU Cohesion Policy contributed to these lessons?
  2. Governance of regional local development: How does EU Cohesion Policy influence “good governance” and innovation in the public sector?
  3. Sharing knowledge across borders: How does EU Cohesion Policy facilitate learning between regions and cities and what are future directions in this respect?

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DG REGIO DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
CoR EU Committee of the Regions
ERSA European Regional Science Association
RSA Regional Studies Association
AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning