IV International Regional Economics Conference (REC2021)
Territorial Inequality: a Challenge or a Driver of Development
23-25 June 2021, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

The local organising committee invites you to take part the VI International Regional Economics Conference (REC – 2021) «Territorial Inequality: a Challenge or a Driver of Development»

The event will be held from 23 to 25 June 2021 in Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation) and organised by the Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in partnership with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), Ural Federal University (UrFU), Ural State University of Economics (USUE).

REC2021 provides a platform for academics, researchers, authorities and practitioners to present and discuss challenges facing regional development. Original research considering the impact of territorial inequality on social and economic transformations, analysing the extent and causes of disparities between countries, regions, and cities, as well as examining various ways to overcome these challenges are welcome. The contributions can provide a theoretical framework, as well as methods and applications of the issues under study.

In 2021, the Regional Economics Conference will be held for the 6th time. The topic of this year is territorial inequality; the main themes of the Conference are the following:

  • Territorial inequality

  • Spatial differentiation

  • Comparative analysis of heterogeneous spatial systems

  • Inequality in terms of “core – periphery” relations

  • Regional convergence and divergence

  • Regional development models

  • Ways to reduce socio-economic disparities between territories

  • Coronavirus as a new factor of territorial inequality

The Conference is traditionally held in Ekaterinburg at the Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which in 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of its foundation. The Conference is included in the program of anniversary events.


  • Conference Book published by Springer indexed in Scopus – in English;
  • Conference proceedings indexed in the Russian Index of Science Citation – RISC [elibrary.ru] – in English, – and Russian.

Important dates:

  • Registration and submission of materials – until June 10, 2021
  • Notification of inclusion in the program of the Conference – June 15, 2021
  • Confirmation of participation – until June 18, 2021
  • The Conference date – June 23-25, 2021





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