CALL FOR SPEAKERS

The Irish Branch of the Regional Studies Association invites speakers for the following one-day conference

NEW REGIONAL GOVERNANCE IN IRELAND: PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES

Renehan Hall, NUI Maynooth

Monday 21 January 2013

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2012

Introduction – The recently announced Action Programme for Local Government includes substantial changes to the organisation of regional government and governance in Ireland. The current eight regional authorities and two regional assemblies will disappear and be replaced by three regional assemblies.  This raises important challenges.

The Irish branch of the RSA wishes to invite papers for a one-day conference on the theme of “new regional governance in Ireland: perspectives and challenges”.  Presentations can deal with any topic related to the overall theme. Suggestions for possible contributions include: Implications for bottom-up regional development; relevance of the new regional boundaries; fresh regional analysis using the new boundaries; organising the transition.

Keynote Speaker  (sponsored by the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) –  Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University.  In addition to presenting his perspective on the Irish Action Plan, Professor Pike will discuss his experience with the regional restructuring process in the UK.

Expressions of Interest – We would be delighted to hear from people working in this area who would welcome the opportunity of getting involved in the conference as a presenter. Expressions of interest should be directed towards:

chris.vanegeraat@nuim.ie.

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