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 28 September 2023

Investigaciones Regionales- Journal of Regional Research: Call for Papers – Special Issue on:
Uncovering business and spatial dimensions of industrial districts, clusters and learning regions

The list of TOPICS (just tentative, not limited to):
-Industrial districts and clusters: more than 40 years of knowledge and pushing ahead. What do we really know? What is left behind?
-Institutions, networks, cooperation in clusters and industrial districts: What do we know and what do not?
-Regional Innovation Systems: what is the state-of-the-art? What are the new research avenues?
-Spatially-bounded contexts for sustainability/digitization: how do they all fit?
-Cultural agglomerations: the culture of innovation in space
-Innovation Systems: innovation systems at the different levels, what is new?

Guest Editors
Prof. Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain,
Prof. Silvia Rita Sedita, University of Padova, Italy,

Submission deadline: 10 November 2023


Posted on 19 September 2023

Journal of Rural and Community Development: Call for Papers – Special Issue on The development of rural and peripheral territories confronted with metropolization dynamics: Which levers of resilience,  social cohesion and well-being?

Guest editors
Abdelillah HAMDOUCH, Professeur des Universités en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email: (Corresponding Editor)
Jean-Paul CARRIÈRE, Professeur des Universités Émérite en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email:
Lise BOURDEAU-LEPAGE, Professeure des Universités en Géographie et UMR EVS, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. Email:
José SERRANO, Professeur des Universités en Aménagement de l’Espace et Urbanisme, Polytech Tours et UMR 7324 CITERES (Équipe DATE), Université de Tours. Email:


Reception of the full manuscripts: 30 November 2023 at the latest

Selection process of acceptable papers by guest editors and appointment of external
referees: 30 November 2023 – 31st December 2023

Evaluation by external referees: 02 January – 28 February 2024

Feedback to authors and revision of accepted papers: 28 February – 30 April 2024

Reception of revised versions: 31st May 2024 at the latest

Check of revised versions and editing work: June-July 2024

Publication asap end of 2024 or early in 2025 depending on the journal planning.

Manuscripts proposals should comply with the journal presentation norms, available on the
journal website:
For these norms, the authors are also invited to have a look of published articles (all in open
access) on the journal website.
Full manuscripts should be sent to: (with Cc to the 3 other
Guest Editors of the Special issue ; see emails above in this call).

Submission deadline: 30 November 2023


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)

Submission deadline: 31 January 2024


Posted on 29 June 2023

RSPP: Call for Paper – Special Issue on Regional disparities, social welfare and economic development in Latin America

Guest editors

Carolina Guevara Rosero, Departamento de Economía Cuantitativa, Facultad de Ciencias, Escuela Politécnica Nacional –

Karina Sass, University of Sao Paulo –

This special call aims to mobilize studies on regional disparities in Latin America that give insights for possible policy recommendations. We kindly invite contributions on topics related (but not limited) to:

• Spatial disparities at the subnational level, causes and effects
• Firms (innovation) and social networks in regions
• Effects of spatial disparities in economic performance
• Effects of spatial disparities in welfare
• Regional migration
• Regional economic structure and productive networks and resilience

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. Editors look forward to papers from all parts of the world.
Please note that the deadline for submitting papers to for the RSPP Special Issue on Regional disparities in Latin America and social welfare and economic development is December 15, 2023, with foreseen publication of accepted papers in 2024. Please contact if you need more information.

Submission deadline: 15 December 2023


Posted on 22 May 2023

RSPP: Call for Paper – Special Issue on Urban-rural linkages: policies, actions, and visions for coordinated territorial decisions, and conflicts resolution

Guest editor

Valentina Cattivelli, Università Telematica Internazionale Uninettuno  –

Peri-urbanisation, increasing land use, migration, biodiversity loss and food insecurity pose new and critical challenges to urban-rural systems.

More and more people live, work, and depend on rural and urban ecosystems that transcend administrative boundaries. Increasing relocation of businesses and infrastructure investments in roads and communication systems are putting pressure on land conversion and natural resource consumption. Agriculture is also practised in urban and peri-urban areas. However, it does not ensure full food security for all citizens and leads to pollution and depletion of natural resources. Small food chains are more important, but their functioning requires reducing the distance between urban markets and rural agricultural areas.

All these flows are just a few examples of the interdependent flows of people, goods, financial and environmental services (defined by FAO as urban-rural linkages) that exist between certain urban, rural and peri-urban locations. These flows are interdependent, reflecting socio-spatial arrangements and creating spaces with distinct but interwoven and socially constructed identities. However, they also create productive, social and land tenure conflicts. Resolving them requires supported and coordinated action by local actors. Rather, territorial governance is under pressure, reflecting recent changes in spatial planning systems, levels of governance and multi-actor dynamics. The prerogatives of public interventions and private initiatives in peri-urban areas are not defined due to the unclear distribution of competences between local institutions.

The management of these flows and the resolution of potential conflicts appear as a prerequisite for sustainable territorial development. This importance is underlined by several international organisations. Among others, UN calls for new inclusive approaches and increased synergies between urban and rural communities and spaces – an essential part of the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

This special issue aims to renew the international debate on urban-rural linkages. In particular, it explores recent methods of delineating flows between urban and rural areas and the potential conflicts associated with them. It also promotes the dissemination of new evidence on coordinated policies and strategies to strengthen urban-rural linkages, implement integrated territorial development plans and resolve territorial conflicts. Empirical studies and case study analyses from around the world are welcome. Contributions that analyse territorial policies at the local level that relate to food policy, climate, biodiversity protection and ecosystem clustering (the list is not exhaustive) will be accepted. Studies that address the vision of sustainable urbanisation and peri-urbanisation are also welcome.

#urban #rural #periurban #urbanrurallinkages #territorialconflicts #sustainableplanning #territorialgovernance

Invitation for submission

Editor(s) welcomes original, unpublished papers that address the above topics, or any other related research questions not mentioned, as they relate to urban-rural linkages and relative conflicts. We look forward to papers from all parts of the world.

Please note that the deadline for submitting papers to for the RSPP Special Issue is December 31, 2023, with foreseen publication of accepted papers in 2024. Please contact if you need more information.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2023


Posted on 20 April 2023

Investigaciones Regionales- Journal of Regional Research: Call for Papers – Special Issue on:

 Long-term care and community innovation programs:  composition, challenges and territorial deployment

This Special Issue includes the following topics, among others:

  • Strategies to improve the quality of life of the elderly and family caregivers as well as promoting innovative community care policies and services.
  • Social innovation programs which, being strongly rooted in the community, have fostered progress in the democratization of care provision.
  • Analysis of the ability of senior co-housing supported by public policies, to provide ways to avoid social isolation and to reverse commodified and family-based care practices.
  • Cooperative ventures of home care workers that have made it possible to dignify their working conditions and improve the care of the elderly.
  • Examination of self-managed mutual support groups aimed at alleviating situations of vulnerability and social fragility.

Invited Special Issue Editors

Raquel Martínez-Buján is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Universidade da Coruña. Her main fields of research are the Dynamics of international migrations, Social Policy and Employment, Sociology of Care and Commoning Care. Her recent publications include the following: ‘Welfare Paradoxes and Interpersonal Pacts: Transnational Social Protection of Latin American Migrants in Spain’ (2022. Social Inclusion, with Laura Oso) and “Caring democracy now: Neighborhood Support Networks in the Wake of the 15-M” (2022. Social Movement Studies, with C. Diz and B. Estévez). She has been principal investigator of 3 research projects funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the latest of which is entitled, “Long-term care models in transition: the articulation of community programs in the public welfare system after Covid19”, 2021-2024.

Magdalena Díaz Gorfinkiel is an Associated Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and vice-dean in the degree on Sociology and in the double degree on Political Sciences and Sociology. Her main research areas are related to gender relations and care dynamics, being domestic employment, community initiatives and deinstitutionalization the main fields of analysis. She has participated in a variety of conferences and seminars as well as in research projects, co-directing nowadays the project ‘Long-term care models in transition: the articulation of community programs in the public welfare system after Covid-19’.

Full paper submission deadline: 1 November 2023


Posted on 30 March 2023

RSPP: Call for papers – Special issue on Social economy and entrepreneurship in urban and local development – Theory, policy and practices of community engagement

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conceptualization of social economy and entrepreneurship in territorial development based on grounded academic concepts in various academic traditions such as regional science, sociology, economics, theories of local and regional development, urban and rural geography, (neo)institutional theory, business studies, political science, and others.
  • Social economy and entrepreneurship for sustainable development and territorial resilience based on the legacy of regional science, theories and practices of local and regional innovation (eco)systems in integration with social sciences optics, environmental studies, ecology or business and organizational approaches, and others.
  • Nexus of territorial governance, local and regional planning, social entrepreneurship and community engagement in the context of exploring the interrelationships and impact between policy, governance and practice of local and regional planning and the performance of social economy actors and strengthening of community engagement.
  • Social innovations and leadership in the context of significant transformation from product and technological innovations to innovations in social processes, communities’ trust building, and participatory and cooperative culture. Social innovations also include new forms of volunteering, development of public services, or new forms of increasing citizen participation in urban and rural governance.
  • Operational features of social entrepreneurship like organizational and legal forms of social economy actors and/or performance levels as global social entrepreneurs or local community social entrepreneurs. Different countries have different legal frameworks for their social economy and of course different economic and planning backgrounds, so comparative studies between different regions of the world or countries are very welcome.
  • Case studies and best practices of community engagement in urban and rural development. The presentation of specific practices of communities’ actions facing humanitarian crises seems particularly important in today’s times. Just as important are daily and systematic communities’ activities at the very local level such as assistance to marginalized groups or food and medical aid in various parts of the world.

Guest Editors:

Piotr Pachura – Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Częstochowa University of Technology (Poland)
Aneta Pachura – Department of Economics, Investment and Real Estate, Częstochowa University of Technology (Poland)
Neil Reid – Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo (USA)
Kvetoslava Matlovičová – Faculty of Commerce, University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Keywords: Social economy, social entrepreneurship, socioeconomic-ecological synergy, social and institutional trust, economics of inclusion, equality and equilibrium

Submission deadline: 30 September 2023


Posted on 30 January 2023

RSPP: Call for papers – Special issue on Climate Economics

Climate change is without a doubt one of the biggest challenges of our time. It can harm the entire ecosystem, worsening the living conditions of humans and many animal species. It can increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, like hurricanes, floods, and drought, causing several socioeconomic impacts. It is a global event, but their impact and mitigation and adaptation actions are regional. Climate economics has a crucial role here. It can link the scientific base of climate change to the policy by estimating the socioeconomic impact of different climatic scenarios, identifying local and regional vulnerabilities, and evaluating mitigation and adaptation policies.

This call aims to mobilize publications on climate and regional development strategies and possible policy responses to climate change. We kindly invite contributions on topics related (but not limited) to:

  • The cost of action and/or inaction to face climate change
  • Local and regional impacts of extreme weather events
  • Effects of climate change on migration and labor market
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Policy evaluation
  • New tools and methods for climate economics analysis

Guest Editors
Karina Sass (

Invitation for submission
Organiser welcomes original, unpublished papers that address the above questions, or any other research questions not mentioned, as they relate to regional and climate economics. We look forward to papers from all parts of the world.

Please note that the deadline for submitting papers to for the RSPP Special Issue on Climate Economics is 15 November 2023, the foreseen publication of accepted papers in 2024. Please contact if you need more information.

Submission deadline: 15 November 2023