ERSA Summer School 2021
Spatial Analysis of Regional Inequalities
27 June – 03 July 2021│ Online

The European Regional Science Association is pleased to announce in collaboration with ERSA Dutch Section and The Faculty of Spatial Sciences and The Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen for the organisation of the 34th ERSA Summer School which will be held from Sunday 27th June to Saturday 3rd July at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

As in the tradition, ERSA Summer School aims to gather young researchers (PhD and postdoctoral students) from Europe with direct training in regional science. This edition’s topic will be: “Spatial Analysis of Regional Inequalities”. Regional Inequality is a significant challenge for regional science with several issues, needs, opportunities but also threats for regions specialized in e.g. tourism, services or/and manufacturing. Production, innovation and consumption systems, labour markets, entrepreneurship, educations and human capital, urban versus rural, transport and mobility are just few examples of elements that are evolving face to this challenge. Specific attention will be paid to the spatial analysis implications of COVID19. Therefore, we intend to focus on the most relevant concepts as well as analytical models and frameworks to be able to understand the determinants of inequality and the implications for policy.

Key dates

Call for Application start                                                        26 February 2021
Application deadline                                                              30 March 2021
Notification of acceptance & Registration start                     26 April 2021 
Registration deadline                                                            17 May 2021



Dimitris Ballas
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Frank Crowley
University College Cork University, Ireland

Paul Elhorst
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Alessandra Faggian
Gran Sasso Institute, L’Aquila, Italy

Alessandra Faggian
Gran Sasso Institute, L’Aquila, Italy

Özge Öner
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Otto Raspe
Rabobank, The Netherlands

Eveline van Leeuwen 
Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Anet Weterings
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Netherlands



Indicative topics:

  • Spatial inequalities in well-being and happiness
  • Entrepreneurship, tourism and rural dynamics
  • Spatial analysis of and implications of COVID19
  • Spatial analysis of the quality of governance and populism
  • Transport, land use and accessibility
  • Migration, mobility behaviour and demographic change
  • Regional and urban development, labour markets, policy and governance;
  • Change in location of economic activity.

Link to the Summer School Website

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