This section’s aim is to display ongoing Calls for Submission for Special Issues in Journals relevant to the Regional Science Community.

Latest update: 05 October 2021

Ongoing Calls

Call for Papers – Special Issue: Population aging and regional science

Editors: Johannes Hagen (Jönköping International Business School), Orsa Kekezi (Jönköping International Business School, Swedish Institute for Social Research), and Ting Zhang (University of Baltimore)

Instructions and Important Dates: Manuscripts should follow the submission guidelines of the journal, which can be found here:
Submissions should be made through
All submissions will go through a blind peer-review process.
Deadline: 1 December 2021.
The special issue is expected to be published by or before Spring 2023.

Current Calls for Regional Science Policy & Practice (RSPP), the official policy and practitioner orientated journal of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

Special Issue on Pandemics, Location and Mobility

This Special issue of RSPP welcomes contributions that address all aspects of pandemic-related effects on location and mobility, including:

  • The role of mobility on the spread of COVID-19 pandemic
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility behavior
  • COVID-19 pandemic and household location choices
  • COVID-19 pandemic and firm location strategies
  • The impact of teleworking on long-term travel behavior & location choice
  • The impact of E-commerce on shopping trips & logistics organization
  • Location, mobility and digital divide
  • Land use and transport policies during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pandemics and resilient cities & regions
  • Social interaction and the ‘new mobility’
  • Urban planning and policy in a post-pandemic world

The RSPP Guest Editor for the Special Issue on: Pandemics, Location and Mobility is: Louafi BOUZOUINAUniversity of Lyon,, Visiting professor, Open University, The Netherlands

Abstracts Submission deadline before: 30 September 2021
Submission of full papers deadline: 31 December 2021

Special Issue on Territorial dimensions of green and digital transitions

The aim of this special issue is to bring together research contributions from different fields, helping to enlighten how these major changes in global systems, such as the energy, mobility, heritage, tourism, agri-food, services, and manufacturing industry, will shape the transitions at the micro and meso-levels and affect people and places, namely territorial inequalities and social exclusion phenomena.
Editors(s): Lívia Madureira, CETRAD, Carlos Peixeira Marques, CETRAD, Giuseppina Cassalia, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
Call for papers submision deadline: 15 October 2021

Special Issue on Industry 4.0 and sustainability in firms, clusters & industrial districts and

This Special Issue addressed Sustainability and Industry 4.0 topics. Generally, Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization of manufacturing, constituting the manufacturing-dedicated digitization of business and industries. Industry 4.0 is also known as the Industrial Internet of Things and refers to a new paradigm of digital-based manufacturing and industrial inter-firm connected value (e.g., Kagermann et al., 2013). The concept includes different digital enabling technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Blockchain, among others. Industry 4.0 in clusters and regions is nascent. How does Industry 4.0 shape industrial clusters and districts? What are the fundamental policy initiatives developed to fit Industry 4.0 to
clusters, regional development and firm competitiveness? In addition, sustainability constitute a critical topic in regions, clusters, districts and innovation systems. Sustainability (e.g. circular economy, SDG, eco-design, environmental impacts, etc.) are of utmost importance for shaping regions and their innovation. Thus, a cross-disciplinary approach (from business, clusters, regions, policymakers, etc.) is required to fully understand the complexity of the challenge. We believe that scholars from different perspectives meeting at the regional space stimulate discussion for cross-fertilizing.

This Special Issue attempts to provide a cross-fertilization of different literatures and perspectives, integrating firm innovation, competitiveness and clusters/regional literature.

Full paper submission deadline: 31 December 2021