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

Ongoing Calls



Posted on 29 January 2024

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Cost Benefit Analysis for Regional Sustainable Development Projects

Guest editors

Chiara F. Del Bo (Università degli Studi di Milano)

The multifaceted long run challenges facing Europe and the world today, and in the years to come, require new and ambitious public policies, especially with respect to their contribution to achieving environmental sustainability. At the same time, it is crucial to identify, develop and use sound methods to assess the impact, efficiency and success of these policies. The regional impact and costs of public interventions and investment is also increasingly relevant and should receive attention by practitioners and academics alike.

Against this backdrop, the aim of this Special Issue is to consider the issue of policies stimulating sustainable development at the regional level, through the lenses of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). This entails considering the social costs and benefits of environmentally relevant projects and policies by focusing on the regional dimension of both implementation and impact. Contributions could present full-fledged CBA, analysis performed by applying similar methods, such as, for example, multicriteria analysis, or zoom in on the cost or benefit side from a social and territorial perspective.

Deadline for full submissions: 1 March 2024


Posted on 16 January 2024

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Coordinated Regional Development to Dissolve Regional Disparity

Guest editors

  • Ling Xue (Paul Snow), Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Tieshan Sun, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Zhiqiang Zhang, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • Deyu Li, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Hongmou Zhang, Peking University, Beijing, China

Themes and Scope

Editors welcome submissions addressing a wide range of topics related to coordinated regional development, including but not limited to:

  1. Economic assessment of the coordinated regional development policies
  2. Policy design and policy process analysis of coordinated regional development
  3. Policy impact of a certain domain on coordinated regional development, such as transportation infrastructure, economic development, sustainability, and social inclusion
  4. Interregional collaboration, communication, and learning

Submission deadline: 1 June 2024


Posted on 2 January 2024

Review of Regional Research: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Infrastructure Projects in the Global South and their unintended consequences

The aim is to examine the ramifications of unintended outcomes stemming from different modern and heterogenous infrastructure initiatives, a topic that has received little attention in both scholarly and policy domains. Put simply, unintended outcomes can be defined as “the consequence of an action that differs from the consequence that was aimed for when starting it” (Koch 2024). The primary objective of this special issue is to consolidate various scholarly contributions pertaining to the inadvertent consequences of different infrastructure initiatives. We extend a warm invitation for submissions of papers that include conceptual, empirical, and policy-oriented research, specifically emphasising a regional perspective within the Global South.

The following inquiries aim to demonstrate the breadth of possible contributions: 

  • How can the conceptual explanation and empirical measurement of unintended impacts be achieved?
  • What kind of unforeseen consequences may be detected in different infrastructure projects?
  • How do situated practices of infrastructure use look like? Do unintended impacts only have negative consequences? 
  • What different governance structures and power relations appear within infrastructure development programs, how do they differ and what are their unintended impacts?
  • How are unintended impacts discussed among stakeholders (state, developers, utility companies, NGOs, local population)? Do these unintended impacts lead to conflicts? If yes, how are these conflicts resolved?
  • How can the incorporation of unexpected repercussions be improved in the design and implementation of infrastructures?
  • How may a better acknowledgement of unintended impacts potentially alter our understanding of infrastructures?

Guest Editors: 

Javier Revilla Diez, University of Cologne, Institute of Geography, Germany, (this opens in a new tab)
Peter Dannenberg, University of Cologne, Institute of Geography, Germany, (this opens in a new tab)
Ndapewa Fenny Nakanyete, University of Namibia, Department of Environmental Sciences, (this opens in a new tab)

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024


Posted on 18 December 2023

Revue D’économie Régionale & Urbaine (RERU): Thematic day followed bay a Special Issue on Sustainable development and its territorial registration: managerial analyzes

Ten years after the call for contributions for a special issue of the Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine on the theme “Articulating organizational strategy and territorial strategy: Managerial analyses”, organisers would like to take stock of the theme of the inclusion of management in territorial analyses.

RERU intends to bring together contributions from managerial analyzes with paradigmatic value. It plans the publication of a special issue on the theme “Sustainable development and its territorial inscription: analyzes managerial”.

From this perspective, a certain number of themes were retained. Note, however, that the list listed below should not be considered necessarily exhaustive:

  1. Corporate social responsibility and territorial development
  2. Governance and management of regional sustainable innovation ecosystems
  3. Territorial sustainable project management and leadership
  4. Organizational resilience and adaptability
  5. Management of short circuits
  6. Agro-entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management of agricultural and fishing cooperatives
  7. Family business, sustainable regeneration and territorial anchoring
  8. Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem and territory
  9. Logistics strategy and sustainable territorial development
  10. Sustainable orientation of businesses and territorial support practices
  11. Sustainable labeling and certification

A pre-selection of potential contributions to the special issue will take place in early April 2024. These
contributions must reach guest editors in their full version by Wednesday March 29, 2024
final deadline.

The pre-selected contributions will be presented by their authors and discussed during a day
thematic at the University of Caen, Tuesday May 28, 2024. The papers will then be submitted to the regular evaluation and revision process of the RERU in September 2024. Once the articles are accepted, they are published online then will be published in paper version in one of the five issues in 2025.

Guest editors:
Bruno DROUOT (University of Caen,
Isabelle ROBERT (IAE Lille University School of Management,
Jean BONNET (University of Caen,
Marcus DEJARDIN (University of Namur & Catholic University of Louvain,


Posted on 21 November 2023

Review of Regional Research: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Structural and transformative change as central challenges for regional development

Guest editors:
Knut Koschatzky, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
Hendrik Hansmeier, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

This Special Issue aims to bring together different contributions in the context of regional structural and transformation processes as well as respective policy and governance approaches. We welcome conceptual, empirical and policy-related papers with a regional focus that address the thematic spectrum on structural and transformative change and ideally touch upon one of the following questions:

  • What are the differences at the conceptual-theoretical level between structural and transformative change processes?
  • How do regions’ structural and transformative adaptations differ with regard to prevalent modes of innovation (e.g. DUI / STI)? Which types of innovations (e.g. technological, social etc.) are particularly helpful?
  • How does regional embitterment, discontent with democratic institutions and populism – often as a result of long-term structural decline – affect sustainability efforts and transformative change?
  • What new measurement concepts are needed to comprehensively analyse structural and transformative change at the regional level?
  • What interactions of stability and change (path dependencies vs. path renewal through radical, sustainable innovations) can be observed?
  • Who are the agents of change? Who defines how the regional innovation system should be shaped and in what way (directionality)? What is the importance of intermediaries, civil society, founders, maker spaces? What role do existing power relations play in the relationship between change/emergence and stability?
  • How can regional structural and transformative policies be combined? Is there a need for entirely new policy approaches or can/should newer transformative approaches be integrated into prevailing structural policies at various spatial levels?
  • Which governance structures need to be created for policies targeting both structural and transformative change in regions (e.g. new actors vs. expanding the mandates of existing institutions)?

Submission of full papers deadline: 30 April 2024


Posted on 30 October 2023

Review of Regional Research: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Regional Innovation Policies

Guest editors
Lina Bjerke, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden,
Helena Nilsson, Jönköping University, Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, Sweden,
Deborah Strumsky, Jönköping University, Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, Sweden,

Editors welcome submissions related to regional innovation policy, in relation, but not limited, to the following themes:

  • Innovation in time of crisis: outcome, determinants, and likelihood.
  • Knowledge accessibility, competence provision and innovation.
  • The role of innovations for sustainable development (social, economic, or environmental).
  • Regional aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Geography of innovation.
  • Innovation in different institutional contexts.
  • Digitalization in a regional context.
  • Evaluation of innovation policies.

Editors welcome contributions that develop innovative approaches in analysis, concepts, theory, and/or methods, and could have relevance to form future general as well as place-specific strategies for regional growth.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2023 extended until 20 January 2024


Posted on 20 October 2023

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Development, Inequality, and Innovation in European Regions over the Era of Downturns

Editor: Alfredo Cartone, University of Pescara, Italy (

In this special issue for Regional Science Policy & Practice we aim at more evidence through applications and innovative methodologies to help a broader comprehension on the links between development, inequality, and innovation in Europe over the recent years. Also, the special issue would welcome contributions that attain the analysis of European policies closely related to those topics.

Particularly, papers that involve innovative applications, novel methodologies, and policy analysis are expected to consider NUTS 2 regions or lower spatial levels. We kindly invite contributions on topics related (but not limited) to:

  • Spatial disparities in Europe at the subnational level, causes and effects.
  • Urban agglomerations and urban rural divide.
  • Spillovers and spatial effects in territorial inequality, regional innovation, or economic growth.
  • Geography of innovation.

Invitation for submission:

Editors welcome original, unpublished papers that address the above questions, or any other research questions not mentioned, as they relate to regional economics.

Expected closing date: April 2024 more


Posted on 13 October 2023

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Exploring Urban Shrinkage: Implications, Responses, and Strategies for Sustainable Growth

Guest editors

Jian Wang (SILC Business School, Shanghai University,; Ying Long (School of Architecture, Tsinghua University,; Xueliang Zhang (School of Urban and regional science, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Xuepeng Qian (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University,

This Special Issue invites contributions that advance our comprehension of the conceptualization, driving forces, consequences, and responses surrounding urban shrinkage. Editors welcome research articles characterized by, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Reconceptualizing and Identifying Urban Shrinkage
  • Utilizing Refined, Granular Data to Analyze Urban Landscapes
  • Spatial Heterogeneity in Urban Shrinkage
  • Resource-Based Cities and Resilience
  • Uncovering Driving Factors of Urban Shrinkage
  • Regional Economic Dynamics Amidst Urban Shrinkage
  • Interlinkages between Urban Shrinkage and Sustainable Development
  • Green Urban Planning Strategies
  • Urban Decline: Government Policies and Interventions

Expected closing date: May 2024 more


Posted on 13 October 2023

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on The Economic Impacts of Public Health Spillovers

Guest editors

Konstantinos Eleftheriou (; Peter Nijkamp and Konstantinos Christopoulos (

Aims and scope

In an attempt to bridge this gap, the aim of this special issue of RSPP is to study the economic implications of public health by incorporating its spillover effects at the supra-regional, regional and sub-regional level.

There are several micro and macro pathways through which neighboring regions can affect local health (a thorough review on how the spillover effects on health outcomes are manifested at the micro-level can be found in Benjamin-Chung et al. 2017). These include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental pathways, such as water and air pollution;
  • Infectious diseases as a result of climate change or tourism activity or any other spatial interaction mechanism;
  • Micro level behavioral risks from lifestyle spillovers;
  • Urban walkability or cyclability and green space;
  • Criminal activity including smuggling of illegal substances and weapons;
  • Other social or anthropological factors that may create public health spillovers;
  • Changes in healthcare resources or medical technology.

An indicative but not restrictive example on how candidate-authors could approach the topic of this special issue is the study by Atasoy et al. (2017) in which the regional spillover effects of the adoption of electronic health records on healthcare costs are examined.

Expected closing date: September 2024 more


Posted on 8 August 2023

RSPP: Call for Papers – Special Issue on Geography of discontent and beyond: extreme voting, protestations, riots and violence, and their spatial content

Guest editors

André Torre (University Paris-Saclay) and Sébastien Bourdin (EM Normandie Business School)

Research on the geography of discontent has become increasingly important in recent years, focusing on populations dissatisfied with their day-to-day life, who express their discontent through extreme or dissident votes (Rodríguez-Pose, 2018; McCann, 2018). However, voting is not the only expression of discontent, which can manifest in various ways and can often be more direct or even brutal, especially through street protests.

Protest movements, such as the Yellow Vests in France (Bourdin & Torre, 2023) or anti-austerity protests in Greece (Artelaris & Tsirbas, 2018), have taken a significant place in the contemporary global political landscape. These movements, which arise at the local, national and international levels, reflect deep political discontent, often rooted in economic, social and spatial disparities (Brenner et al., 2010; Eva et al., 2022). The recent riots in France may also be related to this family of movements of protestation.

Research in political geography has shown that these movements are often linked to the perception of socio-spatial injustice (Soja, 2009). With this in mind, economic and social disparities at the local and regional levels are becoming focal points of tension (Rodríguez-Pose, 2018). These movements can be understood as responses to socio-economic and political exclusion, alongside spatial marginalization (Marcuse, 2009).

In addition to economic and social disparities, other parameters may explain the genesis of discontent. Decentralization, for example, has often strengthened some regions at the expense of others. This trend has often resulted in increased metropolisation, characterized by disproportionate investment in large urban centres, abandoning many peripheral territories (Torre & Bourdin, 2023). This process can exacerbate regional inequalities and contribute to a sense of abandonment among people in deprived areas, fueling discontent and protest (Bourdin & Tai, 2022). In addition, the quality of institutions – at national, regional and local levels – is another major factor in dissatisfaction. Weak or ineffective institutions can create resentment among the population, generating political tensions that can manifest themselves in the street (Rodríguez-Pose, 2020). Studies have shown that when citizens perceive their institutions to be corrupt, ineffective or indifferent to their needs, they are more likely to participate in protest movements (Rothstein & Teorell, 2008).

Thus, protest movements often serve as revelators of regional inequalities, highlighting gaps in local and regional public policies (Pike et al., 2017). They challenge traditional territorial governance frameworks and highlight the need for more inclusive approaches to regional and territorial development, addressing issues of conflict and local opposition (Torre, 2023).

In this context, we are seeking researches that explore protest movements, going beyond the now well-documented analyses of protest by voting for extreme parties. Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • • The analysis of issues related to extreme voting behaviors, considering their socio-spatial aspects and an exploration of perceived or actual factors of exclusion. How can we go further than the major examples recently analysed?
  • • Geographic analysis of protest movements: How do spatial characteristics, regional socio-economic factors, urban planning, transport and mobility influence the birth, development and impact of these movements?
  • • Regional inequalities and their role in political disenchantment and discontent: How do regional economic, social and environmental inequalities fuel these protest movements?
  • • The role of regional and local policies in the emergence of protest movements: How much responsibility do regional public policies play in the emergence of these movements?
  • • Forms and methods of protest: How different forms of protest (street demonstrations, occupation of specific places, traditional media such as television, press or radio, mobilization on social networks) influence the dynamics and impact of protest movements? What role do these different forms play in the construction of a collective identity and in the elaboration of spatial protest strategies?
  • • Regional consequences of protest movements: How do these movements affect local economies, regional development, social structures, the environment and public policies?
  • • Policy strategies to mitigate disenchantment and political discontent: What policies and practices have been effective in addressing these issues at the local and regional level? What lessons can be learned for the future?

(Some waivers will be displayed for the best papers whose authors are not able to pay APCs)

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 December 2023
Deadline for submission of full papers: 31 January 2024