2023 RSPP Workshop
Enlargement of the Western Balkan region in the European Union
29 September 2023, Prishtina, Kosova

Key Dates
September 10 2023 – Deadline for Abstract Submission
September 29, 2023 – Workshop Date

The scientific journal Regional Science Policy and Practice belongs to Regional Science Association International and it is committed to promote the development of Regional Science across the globe specifically through the promotion of special issues on nurtured by workshops.
The main purpose of this workshop is to mobilize and nurture talents across the Western Balkans, publish a special issue of the journal on European Integration in Western Balkans and support RSAI in the creation of regional science sections in Western Balkans.

The workshop seeks to enhance participants understanding of recent developments and methodologies that could be useful for spatial and regional analysis facilitating the European integration and implementation of sustainable development goals in the Western Balkan region. Spatial assessment is more important to our understanding of economic and geographical problems, the workshop will develop the skillsets and knowledge of regional scientist to be able to analyse and understand complex spatial problems and to apply these tools in developing innovative research, in policy making and further expanding research capacities in the Western Balkan region.

Through this workshop, participants will be able to learn and apply spatial econometric models, geographic data, agglomeration and movement of labour and capital to make informed policy decisions that can facilitate the European integration process. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive constructive feedback from peers and senior scholars.


Submission of Titles and Abstracts to:
Gazmend Qorraj, gazmend.qorraj@uni-pr.edu  and Jolta Kacani, joltakacani@gmail.com, before September 10, 2023, with feedback before September 15, 2023.

Submission of complete papers to:
https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17577802, for the Special Issue on: Sustainable Regional Development in the Western Balkans until October 30, 2023. Contact for details rspp@regionalscience.org

Call for Papers | Special Issue on “The Impact of European Integration in Western Balkan Countries” (download)

Guest of Honor


Qerim Qerimi, Rector University of Prishtina

Session Speakers


Tomás Ponce Dentinho,  RSPP Editor-in-Chief  , University of Azores, Portugal


Giancarlo Cotella, Professor, Politecnico di Torino​, Italy  


Erblin Berisha, Professor, Politecnico di Torino​, Italy


Bojan Baca, Professor, University of Gothenburg


Pavel Zgaga, Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Milica Uvalic, Professor, University of Perugia, Italy 


Yannis Psycharis, Professor, Panteion University, Greece


Tanja Sekulic, Professor, Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca, Italy


Jolta Kacani, Professor, University of Tirana


Gazmend Qorraj, Jean Monnet Chair Professor, University of Prishtina

Organizing Committee

Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, RSPP Editor-in-Chief;  University of Azores, Portugal
Gazmend Qorraj, University of Prishtina, Kosovo. 
Jolta Kacani, University of Tirana, Albania
Elisabete Martins, RSPP

Scientific Committee

Hans Westlund, RSAI president, KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Sweden
Ana Viñuela, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
André Torre, ERSA President, Paris University, France
Peter Nijkamp, TRSA Vice-President; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, RSPP Editor-in-Chief;  University of Azores, Portugal
Gazmend Qorraj, University of Prishtina, Kosovo
Jolta Kacani, University of Tirana, Albania

ERSA is one of the sponsors of this Workshop

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