Joint GfR and ERSA Nordic Summer Conference 2022
Regional transformation: labor, skills, and resilience
15-17 June 2022, Schwerin, Germany

The conference is jointly organized by the German-speaking and the Nordic Sections of ERSA. The conference will host two keynote speakers and individual paper sessions. All papers will be assigned a discussant and all presenters/participants are expected to serve as discussants. We aim to encourage constructive discussions in an interactive setting.

The Theme ” Regional transformation: labor, skills, and resilience”

The demographic transition, digitalization, macroeconomic volatility, and not at least the Covid-19 pandemic shape regional economies and labor markets by generating positive and negative shocks as well as requiring individuals and firms to adapt. At the individual level, rising uncertainties have changed expected labor market outcomes and at the aggregate level, regional transformation processes are widely observed and reshape the geography of economies. However, it is not yet clear whether such changes in local economies translate into resilience or rigidity and to what extent they translate into new growth potentials. The conference aims to unfold and discuss ongoing research focusing on the aspects of regional transformation.

Keynote Speakers

Bianca Biagi is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Sassari (Italy) and Researcher at the Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENoS) – University of Sassari and Cagliari. She teaches Public Economics, Regional Economics and Policies, and Tourism Policies. She earned an Italian Doctorate in Social Sciences (Economics) at the University of Sassari (Italy). Since 2013 she has National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor in Political Economy and Applied Economics. Her publications cover a wide range of topics in regional and urban economics including interregional migration, quality of life and welfare in urban settlements, tourism impact and externalities, regional productivity, and multipliers.

Philip McCann is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics in the University of Sheffield Management School. Philip is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015-2019 and Honorary Professor of Economic Geography in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017-2022. Philip McCann is highly cited and has published numerous articles within spatial economists and economic geography. He is one of the UK’s most highly cited social scientists, with 5007 ISI-Web of Science citations, H-index= 34, 6344 Scopus citations, Hindex = 41, and 16,506 Google Scholar citations (H-index = 60). Philip McCann earned the ERSA European Prize in Regional Science in 2019.

Call for Submission

The conference aims to bring together researchers who work on these issues to discuss papers and exchange ideas and welcome both theoretical and empirical submissions related (but not limited) to the following topics with a regional focus:
– Labor market research,
– Emergent human capital and skill transformation,
– Firm and individual behavior,
– Demographic aspects and migration,
– Regional transformation and development,
– Short- and long-run aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic,
– Technological change and digitalization,
– Borders and bordering,
– The EU Cohesion policy and its impact in the Nordic countries,
– Place branding and regional development,
– Culture, restaurants and leisure industries,
– Regional development in sparsely populated regions.

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Practical Information and key dates

Location: University of Applied Labour Studies (HdBA), Wismarsche Str. 405, 19055 Schwerin
Fee (incl. conference dinner): 60 € (+50 € membership fee for Nordic Section participants)
Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2022
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2022
(Draft) Paper submission deadline: June 1, 2022
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