RSAI-BIS Conference 2020: Postponed to July 2021

Dear all,

I’m writing to say that, due to escalating public health concerns and logistical problems related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, we will sadly have to cancel this year’s annual RSAI-BIS conference. It was due to take place in Stirling, Scotland, on 7-9 July 2020.

We have also, after much consideration, decided to hold the conference in the same location next year. Our 2021 annual conference will therefore take place on 5-8 July 2021 in Stirling, Scotland. Re-arranging the conference in this way will allow us to significant reduce our losses, to support local businesses who are going through a very difficult time, and to still enjoy the wonderful programme organised by Andy Newing and Graham Clark, which I’m told includes a loch cruise, whisky and gin tasting, our traditional pub quiz, morning fitness sessions, optional rounds of gold, and more.

I can also reveal that the Spatial Economic Analysis lecture will be given by Daniel Arribas-Bel, Senior Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the University of Liverpool.

We will be in touch again in the next few months as we re-open abstract and session submissions, and hope you are keeping well and safe in these difficult times. ​We will also arrange for an AGM to be held at a later stage this year.

With many thanks to Andy and Graham for all their work.

Dr. Maria Abreu, Chair of the RSAI-BIS, on behalf of the RSAI-BIS committee
7 April 2020


RSAI British & Irish Section
48th Annual Conference
7-9 July, 2020, Stirling University and Stirling Court Hotel United Kingdom

The RSAI British & Irish Section invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for the 2020 RSAI-BIS Annual Conference. Suggested themes for the conference are listed below, though quality papers in all areas of regional science are welcome.

·      Spatial analysis of productivity and labour markets
·      Higher education and the impact of universities on regional economies
·      Migration, refugees, and integration
·      Spatial analysis of voting behaviour and political outcomes
·      Regional science in business (retail and geodemographics)
·      Transportation networks and their regional economic impact
·      Regional disparities in health and well-being outcomes
·      Spatial analysis of marine economies and renewable energy
·      Scottish devolution, the UK and Brexit
·      Urban futures (and sustainable cities)
·      Inequalities in subjective wellbeing
·      Social welfare assistance and reform

Abstract submissions can be made online here.

Early career researchers and doctoral students are strongly encouraged to apply. There are prizes for the best conference paper and the best conference presentation by early career researchers / PhD students, and a heavily discounted conference fee.

Important dates:
Abstract submission opens: November 11th, 2019
Registration opens: January 13th, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission: February 21st, 2020
Presenters notified of abstract decision: March 2nd, 2020
Deadline for early-bird rate: April 27th, 2020
Payment deadline for inclusion in programme: May 18th, 2020
Preliminary programme released: June 1st, 2020

Proposals for special sessions are invited. Those wishing to organise special sessions are kindly invited to submit their proposals via the following submission portal

Question on the conference should be directed to the secretary Justin Doran ( or the Conference Chair Graham Clarke (

Please visit the conference website for more details.

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