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

Ongoing Calls

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


23 September 2022

Special Issue on Covid-19 and Cities: Is it merely a short-term crisis or has it changed our cities forever?

This call aims to mobilize publications that analyse the effect that Covid-19 has had on various aspects of the urban economy: urban poverty, informal sector and unskilled and skilled labour force, housing, and the gig economy. Below are the questions the one-day conference proposes to answer:

  1. What is the effect of Covid-19 on the urban economy and job opportunities?
  2. How has Covid-19 impacted the urban workforce in general?
  3. How have the marginalized and vulnerable been affected due to Covid-19?
  4. Are the recoveries/deaths due to Covid-19 dependent on the robustness of healthcare infrastructure in cities?
  5. What are the effects of Covid-19 on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in cities?
  6. Has the pandemic made housing more affordable in urban areas?
  7. Due to Work from Home (WFH) and Work from Anywhere (WFA), has the pandemic made the urban environment more sustainable at all?
  8. What are the ongoing policy responses of city governments to Covid and related challenges?
  9. Are there any best practices from which city governments can learn regarding the management of future pandemics?
  10. What is the effect of Covid-19 on the gig economy and on-demand labour?
  11. Are these phenomena temporary or have they changed the landscape of our cities for good?

Guest Editors
Sumona Banerjee
Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Submission deadline: 01 November 2022


Special Issue on “The Impact of European Integration in Western Balkan Countries”

Special Issue Themes

  1. Inclusive growth and regional development
  2. EU Regional Policies and institutions
  3. Regional innovation, competitiveness and entrepreneurship
  4. Regional finance, investment and capital markets
  5. Demographic change, migration, and mobility behavior

Guest Editor:

Jolta Kacani (Ph.D.), University of Tirana, Email:

Submission deadline: 01 December 2022


Special Issue on “Sustainable Regional Development in Ghana”

The aim of Regional Science Policy & Practice – RSPP is to promote and diffuse the understanding of human interaction in space; based on sound, rigorous and up-to-date methodologies; and to focus on real and urgent issues for peoples and places, that require adequate policy responses.

Submission Guidelines: Interested Authors should submit their paper to the Special Issue “Sustainable Regional Development in Ghana” until 1 December 2022 to . Early submissions are encouraged and will be processed immediately. Papers will undergo the normal refereeing process. The papers will be published once accepted and compiled when there are enough papers to be compiled in a special issue.

Samuel Odei Amponsah, Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Ghana
Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, Editor – in – Chief of Regional Science Policy and Practice

Submission deadline: 01 December 2022


Special Issue on Climate Change, Carbon Neutrality: The Role of Spatial Economics

This special issue seeks to advance our understanding of the spatial dimensions of climate change, carbon emission and the underlying mechanisms of spatial interactions.
The submission of research articles with any of the following characteristics (but not limited to): 

  • Climate change, carbon emissions, carbon-neutral policies and their impacts on the regional development/disparities
  • Heterogeneity in carbon emission across space
  • Household/firm/industry location and greenhouse gases emission
  • Compact cities and energy consumption
  • Sprawled development, energy consumption and carbon emission
  • Trade, transportation and carbon emission
  • Urban planning and energy efficiency
  • Spatial model of carbon behavior
  • Climate change, urban forms and environmental performance

Guest Editors:

Yong Chen– Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University, E-mail:
Jian Wang – SILC Business School, Shanghai University, E-mail:
Xiwei Zhu – School of Economics, Zhejiang University, E-mail:

Submission deadline: 31 May 2023


Current Calls for The Review of Regional Research (RRR), the publication of the German-speaking section of the Regional Science Association International, i.e. the Gesellschaft für Regionalforschung.


Special Issue on Family firms and Regional Context

Review of Regional Research invites scholars to submit papers for this special issue on “Family Firms and Regional Context” to advance our understanding of the interplay between family firms and regional settings. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The influence of locality on family firm’s decision-making and growth pathways
  • Family firms and agglomeration economies
  • Family firms and proximity dimensions
  • Family firms and regional structural change
  • Family firms in Marshallian Industrial Districts (MIDs) and business clusters
  • Family firms in rural and peripheral areas
  • Family firms and the spatial evolution of economic activities
  • Family firms and territorial innovation models
  • Family firms and knowledge spillovers theory of entrepreneurship
  • Family firms and location choices
  • Family firms and regional institutions
  • Family firms’ contribution to regional resilience
  • Family firms in regional path creation, path branching/lock-in
  • Family Firms and place-based or mission-oriented policies
  • Family Firms and university-industry cooperation
  • Family Firms and regionalized ‘Big Data’
  • Family firms and regional corporate responsibility
  • The role of family firms in digitalization, smart regions, Industry 4.0 technologies, and platform-based economies
  • The regional role of family firms during exogenous shocks (e.g., financial crisis, pandemics etc.)

Guest Editors: Stefano Amato, Evans Korang Adjei, Rodrigo Basco, Lech Suwala

All submissions will go through a blind peer-review process. The deadline to submit the full paper has been extended to 31 December 2022


Special Issue: Understanding the connection between science and innovation

This special issue aims to push the frontier of this line of research by exploring the connection between science and innovation at the regional level in more detail by focusing on the intersection between processes, relationships and policy. In particular, we welcome submissions that deal with, but are not necessarily constrained to, the following:

  • The influence of the type and scope of scientific incentives on the regional effects of public research
  • The role of distance for collaboration or knowledge transfer between public and private research
  • The ways of interaction between public and private research
  • The regional impact of scientific activity on innovation output and vice versa
  • The role of policy in supporting the interaction between science and private research
  • The impact of the interaction between public and private research on regional economic growth
  • The relevance of clusters for the interaction between science and innovation

Guest editors: 
Thomas Brenner, Fatih Celebioglu (both Philipps University-Marburg, Germany), Dieter F. Kogler and Hyunha Shin (both University College Dublin)

Submission deadline: 30 September 2022