AISRE XLII Annual Scientific Conference
Local Sustainable Development and Relaunch: What Role for Tradition and Innovation?
8-10 September 2021 at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

The call for papers is open and your participant is welcome!

Download the call for papers (in Italian), Deadline: March 5, 2021

The Italian Association of Regional Sciences (AISRe) announces its XLII Annual Scientific Conference, a meeting that welcomes contributions from scholars from various disciplines relating to the field of regional sciences. The Conference is organized with the University of Salento and with the support of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission.

The central themes of the XLII Conference will be the analysis and interpretation of the impact that the most recent technological innovations – with particular reference to the 4.0 revolution – have had and will have in the immediate future on territorial systems with production specialization in the traditional sectors of economy, from manufacturing to tourism, as well as the policies that can be adopted at the local level to make these innovations a driver of development and recovery in cases where exogenous shocks affect the normal dynamics of local economic systems. The new technological revolution brings about great transformations in society, in lifestyles and, last but not least, in the ways of production. Indeed, the digital revolution has become a pervasive and disruptive process, which involves the production processes of companies, regardless of their dimensional characterization or production addresses, generating new ways of creating added value. All this allows traditional sectors, without exception, to find new opportunities for relaunch, also in response to unexpected shocks, such as COVID-19. In more general terms, the ability to face the technological revolution in progress, to grasp the great advantages that this generates and, at the same time, to limit its costs, is the turning point to give the possibility even to areas that are lagging behind in development. to enhance their production traditions, making them through technological innovation a driving force for the development of their economic systems. Furthermore, this allows us to formulate growth scenarios and capitalization proposals (economic, social,
Understanding the factors that influence the ability of a territory to react, and pro-act, to the socio-economic transformation that new technologies generate is one of the most relevant issues on which regional sciences are called to reflect. Little has yet been said about it, and the conference represents a way to initiate considerations regarding the identification of the factors that allow a structural transformation of territories without losing their distinctive and qualifying connotations (territorial resilience), as well as the policies and structures of governance that can better initiate and / or facilitate change.

Beyond the main theme, the AISRe conference presents itself as a place for debate on the main themes of Regional Sciences. AISRe therefore invites interested parties to submit original scientific papers on the following topics:

A. Governance, regional and territorial public policies, European planning
B. Growth and regional disparities
C. Globalization, value chains and local production systems
D. Methods of territorial analysis and spatial econometrics
E. Labor, welfare, personal services and social policies
F. Tourism, culture and local development
G. Urban planning, real estate market and city development processes
H. Infrastructure, transport and local development
I. Well-being, sustainability and local development
L. Urban growth and agglomeration economies
M. Local development and entrepreneurship
N. Innovation, creativity and local development
O. Policy evaluation methods

Relevant deadlines

  • April 9, 2021 Acceptance of the contribution to the authors
  • May 14, 2021 Payment of quotas at a reduced rate
  • June 25, 2021 Payment of dues at full rate
  • July 16, 2021 Publication of the scientific program on the website, on the basis of the registrations completed through the payment of fees.
  • July 23, 2021 Deadline for sending papers, presentations and posters


To promote the dissemination of Regional Sciences among young scholars, AISRe rewards the best works with the following awards:

  • Doctoral Awards
  • Award for the best essay presented by a young scholar, together with the GSSI
  • Award for the best poster

Applications for participation and related instructions are published with a specific notice available on the association’s website in the Awards section  .

Fees and registration procedures for the association and the conference

To register for the Conference and the Association, you need to fill in the registration forms on the Association’s website ( – ​​Reserved area ). To register for the Conference as an author or co-author of papers, registration with the Association as Members (Individual, Collective or Young) is also required.
Members receive the subscription to the regional Science magazine ( ), the volumes of the AISRe-Book series  (Donzelli), the registration to the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), which gives the right to the online subscription. the Papers in Regional Science and Regional Science Policy and Practice journals, in addition to the opportunity to register at a reduced fee in the annual conferences of the European Regional Studies Association (ERSA) ( ) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI) ( ), the opportunity for young members to participate for free in the Summer / Winter Schools promoted by AISRe.

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Local Organizing Committee

Nicola De Liso, University of Salento
Federica Epifani, University of Salento
Guglielmo Forges Davanzati, University of Salento
Alberto Maritati,
Stefano Minerva, President of the Province of Lecce
Massimo Monteduro, University of Salento
Fabio Pollice, Magnificent Rector of the University of Salento
Antonella Rinella, University of Salento
Carlo Salvemini, Mayor of Lecce
Michele Troisi, University of Salento
Anna Serena Vergori, University of Salento
Luca Zamparini, University of Salento

Scientific Committee

Cristina Bernini, University of Bologna
Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano
Andrea Conte, European Commission,
Marusca De Castris Joint Research Center , Roma Tre University
Juan Carlos Martin Hernandez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Peter Nijkamp, ​​Jheronimus Academy of Data Science
Guido Pellegrini, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Fabio Pollice, University of Salento
Aura Reggiani, University of Bologna
Andrea Riggio, University of Cassino
Concepcion Roman Garcia, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Luca Zamparini, University of Salento

Conference venue

University of Salento, Lecce

AISRe Technical Secretariat

Diana Sarmiento and Silvia Emili, .

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