International Webinar of the RRSA
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Proximity Relationships
12 November 2020, 6:00 PM-CET – via Zoom

The Romanian Regional Science Association (RRSA) is happy to invite you to join the international webinar entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Proximity Relationships”, on 12 November 2020, 6:00 PM – CET

Guest Speaker

Prof. Dr. André Torre Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, Agroparistech, ERSA President


Proximities are at the heart of the Covid-19 crisis, whether they promote the spread of the virus, reduce human and social interactions, or allow for remote communication and contact. The pandemic leads to a reversal of perceptions of proximity. It is the search for geographical proximity that explains the constitution of urban agglomerations or clusters, associated with the need for contact and interactions, based on another type of proximity, organized. But today, this causality is reversed, and the risk of spreading Covid is more important in the heart of cities. Geographical proximity, hitherto sought for its benefits, becomes a major source of inconvenience, and carries a risk of illness and death. Barrier gestures of different types (locked in, masks, etc.) are put in place that seek to create physical and social distancing. At the same time remote proximities develop rapidly through teleworking or zoom meetings. The presentation will address these issues and analyze the growing role of proximities in the current reconfiguration of economic and social relations, based on the more recent studies and statistics.


Registration is free but mandatory.
All colleagues interested in attending this event are kindly asked to register by sending an email to  until 9 November, with the following info:
– Name, surname
– Affiliation
– Email address

The link for the zoom meeting will be sent to each of them by email on 11 November.