AECR International Conference 2021
Full cities, empty territories
24-26 November 2021, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

The Madrid Association of Regional Science and the Spanish Association of Regional Science (AECR) are pleased to invite you to participate in the XLVI Meeting of Regional Studies (RER-International Conference on Regional Science), which will take place at the Autonomous University of Madrid on the 24, 25, 26 November 2021.

The Call for abstracts
LOC invites you to send and manage abstracts, you must register in advance by clicking this link.
If you were already registered from previous years, it is not necessary for you to register again, but it is necessary that you enter with your email and password in this link. If you do not remember your email and password, put your email here and you will receive a message to recover your password. In this link you can find the models of: normal abstract, expanded abstract, paper and poster.

You can now incorporate your documents, the deadline is June, 1st.

After a year with mobility limitations and confinements, organiser hopes we can see each other at the RER. In any case, given the uncertainties we are experiencing, organiser has planned a mixed conference, with face-to-face presentations and online participations for those who cannot or do not want to travel.

The Regional Studies Meeting is the main multidisciplinary meeting point of regional science in Spain with international projection, mainly in Europe and Latin America. It is the main annual event that takes place in Spain with regard to the study, debate and presentation of academic works on territorial and regional concepts.

In the XLVI edition we will deal intensively with issues related to the theme: “Full cities, empty territories”. It will reflect on the problems that affect unpopulated territories with less productive activity. The agglomeration of population and production in cities and metropolitan regions often leads to the emptying of other territories. This dynamic has demographic, social, economic, political, environmental, and many other effects. It is not a new phenomenon. What is most exciting is the social interest reached by this problem and the new alternatives that are currently being presented to address it. The celebration in Madrid, the largest urban and metropolitan agglomeration in Spain, surrounded by territories that suffer the relative decline in activity and population, allows a broad vision of the main theme of the conference.

It is understood that science as a point of confluence of multiple approaches. Although, it is usual to analyze the questions based on their economic development, placing the economy at the center of territorial policy decisions, it is also necessary to introduce other approaches to territorial development such as aspects related to population, geography, sustainability, etc. Issues such as demographic evolution are decisive in a society like ours, which is increasingly aging, and with a lower rate of generational renewal. On the other hand, the depopulation problem, widespread in many of the Spanish regions, has highlighted the need to face the demographic challenge from different study perspectives. The need to provide the territories with development opportunities is to cover the gap between the peripheral spaces that receive less attention and the most central cities, while guaranteeing the differentiating elements of one and the other. The XLVI Regional Studies Meeting aims to contribute to a broad, sensible and constructive debate on the different issues that are part of the regional scope. This year, as a novelty, in addition to the article sessions we will have specific sessions for the presentation of posters sensible and constructive on the different subjects that are part of the regional scope. This year, as a novelty, in addition to the article sessions we will have specific sessions for the presentation of posters sensible and constructive on the different topics that are part of the regional scope. This year, as a novelty, in addition to the article sessions we will have specific sessions for the presentation of posters

Organizing Committee invite you to participate actively in the XLVI Regional Studies Meeting. It will be held in Madrid (in person or online) on November 24, 25 and 26, 2021. Organiser also encourage you to enjoy the city within the magnificent provincial environment.

Thematic areas

1. Regional and urban growth, convergence and development.

2. Inequality and poverty in the territories.

3. Regional competitiveness, efficiency and productivity.

4. Sustainability, environment and natural resources.

5. Demographic change, population and migratory movements.

6. Methods for regional and urban analysis: big data, spatial econometrics and geographic information systems.

7. Globalization and territory: foreign sector, foreign direct investment and interterritorial flows.

8. Location of economic activities, specialization and cluster analysis.

9. Labor market and territory.

10. Knowledge economy, creativity and geography of innovation

11. Entrepreneurship and business dynamics

12. Spatial planning, urban planning and housing.

13. Tourism and culture.

14. Public sector and regional financing

15. Regional and urban policy and governance.

S-TC. University-Environment knowledge transfer sessions

S-JI.- Young Researchers Sessions: “I have an idea …”

Important dates

  • Call for abstracts: April 13.
  • Abstract submission: June 1.
  • Acceptance of abstracts: June 15.
  • Presentation of communications: September 22.
  • Acceptance of communications: October 9.
  • Ordinary payment: ends on October 16.
  • Congress dates: November 24-26.


Technical Secretary of the AECR
Conxita Rodríguez Izquierdo, Telephone:  00 34 93 310 11 12, Email:

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