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XXXIX Annual Scientific Conference 

Call for papers

Bolzano (BZ), 17-19 September 2018

The regions of Europe among local identities, new communities

and territorial disparities

The Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe) announces its XXXIX Annual Scientific Conference, a meeting that hosts the contributions of academics from various disciplines related to the field of regional sciences and invites them to present original scientific works.

Europe is facing today stronger demands for autonomy from territories: with calls on one side to protect the identity of local communities, and on the other to respond to the demand for a broader representation of resident citizenships. However, such demands can jeopardize the objectives of balance and integration between territories and those who live there, the two objectives that have always been at the center of proposals developed in the framework of regional sciences.

The recent crisis exacerbated existing instability and has widened economic and social gaps, not only between regions, but also within the regions themselves. The economic growth of the past decade expanded relations and exchanges between territories, but the response to the threats brought by the crisis have frequently resulted in the closing of borders to defend local levels of wealth. Economic resilience has not always been followed by supporting levels of social cohesion and integration between areas and communities.

The XXXIX Annual Conference wants to pay particular attention to the analysis, methodologies and proposals of policies aimed at addressing the issue of autonomy demanded by territories and how this question is raised in regards to the economic and social development of regions and countries. The conference focuses on: the growing disparity between central and outlying areas, inland and exposed areas, northern and southern regions of countries and of Europe; political and administrative decentralization as well as the potential institutional arrangements that guarantee representation by local authorities, territorial equity and national cohesion; the local communities facing an aging population and the arrival of new populations to support the generational change, economic and social costs as well as benefits they bring to the local system and related integration policies.

A particular aspect of this issue of the conference concerns the relationship and changing balance between territories and local urban and rural systems, plains and mountains and within mountainous areas themselves as urbanized valley floors and high altitude areas very often act as the border areas between provinces, regions and states. The relationships established between the Italian urban system with nearby mountain areas are still linked today by unbalanced relations of exchange, conditions and levels of wealth. One of the objectives of the conference is to gather analysis and policy indicators on this specific topic.

Plenary and semi-plenary sessions

The Conference dedicates the plenary session to examine in depth the theme of the conference: "The regions of Europe among local identities, new communities and territorial disparities". The Regional Sciences journal - Italian Journal of Regional Science will host a lecture by renown international academics on topics related to the regional sciences (fifth edition, after those with Maryann P. Feldman in 2017, Martin Andersson in 2016, Bernard Fingleton in 2015, Ron Boschma in 2014). Additional moments during the conference will be dedicated to the comparison of different European regional sciences associations, on the subject of regional science in Europe along with a round table discussing the balance between urban and mountain areas, with the participation of transalpine universities and research institutes.

The A.I.S.Re urges the presentation of scientific papers on the typical themes of the regional sciences concerning the following topics:

A. Governance, regional and territorial public policies, European programming

1. Governance, planning, evaluation of plans and programs; European programming

2. Institutions, public services and territorial finance

3. International relations, policies and cooperation

B. Growth, regional and sub-regional disparities, local economy

4. Regional and urban growth and development

5. Sustainable development and green economy

6. Internal areas, high lands and rural development

C. Enterprises, innovation, value chains and production systems

7. Companies, productive systems and regional industrial policies

8. Business services and regional development

9. Knowledge, innovation and development

D. Methods of territorial analysis and evaluation

10. Methods and models of territorial analysis and spatial econometrics

11. Evaluation of public policies and interventions

12. Didactics and disciplines of regional sciences

E. Work, welfare, personal services and social policies

13. Regional labor markets, demography, immigration

14. Welfare, inequality, personal services and social policies

15. Education, training and employment

F. Wellness, culture and tourism

16. Indicators of wealth, social capital and local development

17. Culture, tourism and territorial marketing

18. Creativity and cultural districts

G. Urban planning, the real estate market and city development processes

19. Urban transformations and the real estate market

20. Urbanization, development processes and territorial planning

21. The urban and social redevelopment of periphery areas

H. Infrastructure, transport and network services

22. Infrastructures, accessibility and network services

23. Urban mobility and transport at the interregional and European scale

24. Logistics and transport of goods

A more detailed list of the themes of the conference is available on the Association’s website: http://www.aisre.it/conferenza-br-annuale/temi-della-conferenza.


There are three ways to participate in the Conference:

  • Individual contributions that will be selected and assigned by the Conference Referral Committee to parallel sessions, according to the theme indicated by the authors when the abstract is submitted (see the 24 regional science topics previously listed);

  • Organized sessions and policy sessions. Participants can propose themselves as session organizers (no more than two sessions per organizer) on specific themes, and are responsible to invite researchers and scholars interested in registering for the conference as well as proposing their own contributions. Coordinators are required to pay membership fees. If payment is made before 21/05/2018, registration for the conference is free. In the case of co-organized sessions, only one of the organizers may take advantage of the discount. Those interested in organizing a thematic session must communicate the name of the organization's scientific manager, the session title and the indicated number of scheduled interventions (5 for each 2-hour module) no later than March 2, 2018 to the Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The acceptance of the sessions will be communicated by e-mail within ten days. The accepted sessions will be progressively updated on the website and abstracts will be added at the time of admission, and will need to refer to the sessions;

  • Posters allocated in a dedicated session and managed by A.I.S.Re. The printing and transport of posters is the responsibility of the authors. Interested applicants should submit an abstract following the same procedure for the contributions, specifying “poster” in the title. In order to foster interest in this means of participation in the conference, A.I.S.Re is sponsoring a € 500 prize for the best poster. To award the prize, a special commission will evaluate the thematic and methodological analysis of the presentation, as well as the communication and synthesis skills.

The instructions for the speakers, for the editing of the papers and posters, are available on the conference website in the dedicated section.

Each speaker, both individual and those invited to an organized session, must electronically submit an abstract (min.300 - max 400 words) of the paper or poster by no later than March 23, 2018 through the association’s website (www.aisre.it) following the procedure indicated on the site itself. Please note that each researcher will be allowed to present at most two contributions (papers and / or posters), though he/she can appear as a co-author on more than two papers. When sending the abstract, only the contributions relating to an organized session must be classified in the appropriate box and the authors of posters must state in the title that it is a poster. In order to facilitate the participation of foreign researchers and academics, sessions will be organized in English for the various topics of the conference. Authors who wish to present their contribution in English must include the abbreviation "EN" at the end of the title.

The submitted abstracts will be evaluated by a referral committee. The acceptance of contributions will be communicated to the authors registered at the time of submission, by April 13, 2018 and the list of abstracts of accepted contributions will be published on the website of the association.


The payment of the reduced rates must be received no later than May 21, 2018, through the Association's website (www.aisre.it). From the same date, the full papers can be submitted up until September 3, 2018. All submitted papers will be made available in real time on the site for consultation.

The Scientific Program of the conference will be drawn up on the basis of the registration completed through the payment of the fees and will be published on the website of the association during the month of July. If the payment of registration fees are not received by June 22, 2018, the accepted papers and posters will be removed from the final conference program. Authors of contributions and posters will not be able to pay the registration fees during the conference itself.

The President of each session will be chosen and contacted by the Secretary by the members of the conference. The President will serve as session coordinator and each speaker will serve as the discussant for the next paper. Where the speaker is missing, the role of the discussant will be assumed by the President.

A.I.S.Re, to promote the dissemination of Regional Studies among young scholars, will reward the best works with the following acknowledgments:

  • Degree Award and Doctoral Award. A.I.S.Re annually announces a competition for a degree award and a doctoral prize. The winners of the competition are required to submit a contribution from their degree or doctoral thesis to a session of the Italian Conference of Regional Sciences. The Association reserves the right to publish the essays considered particularly interesting in its series on Regional Sciences. Only applications submitted by April 5, 2018 will be considered. The selection will be communicated to the authors by May 8, 2018 and the list of the awarded works will be published on the association’s website.

  • Award for the best essay presented by a young scholar (in collaboration with GSSI). In order to encourage the participation of young people, A.I.S.Re, with the contribution of GSSI, have decided to reward the most innovative and original paper presented and written by a young scholar of regional sciences. Only papers received by May 21, 2018 and written entirely by young scholars will be considered. Young scholars are understood to be a person who, by the start date of the Conference, has not yet reached 35 years old. The prize cannot be combined with the other prizes and awards established by AI.S.Re in the same year. The outcome of the selection will be communicated to the winner by June 4, 2018 and the list of the awarded works will be published on the association’s website.

Applications for participations and related instructions are published with a special announcement available on ww.aisre.it, in the Awards section.

  • Award for the best poster. The award is dedicated to the poster with the most original content, exhaustive presentation, most communicative and capable synthesis. The prize will be awarded among the posters presented at the conference, following the evaluation by a specially created commission.


To register for the conference as an author or co-author of a paper, it is also required to register to the Association as a Member (Individuals, Collective or Youth). Members receive a subscription to the Regional Sciences journal for the calendar year following their enrollment (www.rivistasr.it) as well as the volumes of the Regional Sciences Series (FrancoAngeli) published during the year of enrollment, enrollment in the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), which includes an online subscription to journal Papers in Regional Science for the calendar year following the enrollment and the opportunity to register for a reduced fee at the Annual Conferences of the International Associations European Regional Studies Association (ERSA) (www.ersa.org) and Regional Studies Association International (RSAI) (www.regionalscience.org).

Registration for the association can be made concurrently with registration for the conference as well as at any other time prior to the conference. Registrations made in December are valid for the following business year. The social year of the A.I.S.Re runs from July 1st to June 30th.

Registration for the Annual Conference entitles you to attend all sessions, a copy of all of the materials for the Conference and the benefit of services provided during the work of the conference.

Registration Instructions

To register for the conference and the association it is necessary to fill out the registration forms available on the association’s website (www.aisre.it). 

Registration fees must be paid by a single bank transfer, at the expense of the payer, payable to:

A.IS.Re - Associazione Italiana di Scienze Regionali

IBAN: IT80T0200804642000105085070

Bic/Swift UNCRITM1O55

UniCredit, Agency Via Ruggero Settimo 26, 90141 Palermo

For international bank transfer payments it is necessary to specify the IBAN and Branch Identifier BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1O55. Young members must send a copy of an identity document to the secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Membership fees - Annual Conference fees 2018/2019

In order to participate to the Annual Conference with a paper, a communication or a poster to the Annual Conference, authors have to previously register to the Association as  Standard, Young or Collective Members. The registration to the Association can be made concurrently with the registration to the Conference. Registrations after december will be valid for the next social year. The social year of AISRe lasts form July 1st of the current year to June 30th of the next year. 

Type of registrationAISRe membershipRegistration for the Annual Conference Totale
by 21/05/2018 after 21/05/2018 by 21/05/2018 after 21/05/2018
Senior Member - contributing author to a thematic session € 130 € 120 € 220 € 250 € 350
Senior Member - contributing author to an organized session € 130  € 100   € 200 € 230  € 330 
Senior Member - contributing author to a poster session € 130  € 50  € 160  € 180  € 290 
Session organiser € 130 € 0 € 160 € 130 € 290 
Young Member (1) contributing to a thematic / organized / poster session € 65 € 50 € 160 € 115 € 225
Collective member (2) € 1.300 (4) € 0
5 registered
€ 160  € 0 € 160
€ 50
by 6° registered
€ 160  € 50 € 160
Auditor not author of contribution (3)  € 0 € 120  € 120 € 120 € 120
Social Dinner   € 35   € 35  
Appetizer   €0   €0  

1) The term "young member" means anyone who has not yet reached the age of 35 on the date the conference commences. This condition must be demonstrated by sending a copy of an identity document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 2)  The registration fees for the Conference are individual and apply to participants in institutions that are registered with AISRe as collective members. For the first five members, participation in the Conference is free of charge. 3)Auditors are participants who are not authors of contributions presenting at the Conference. 4) The fee of € 1,300 is payable by the entity that registers as a Collective Shareholder and who also has the task of communicating the names of the five participants who can register for the conference free of charge.


Steering Committee

Marco Bellandi - University of Firenze; Cristina Bernini - University of Bologna; Roberta Capello - Politecnico of Milano; Riccardo Crescenzi - London School of Economics; Marusca De Castris - University Roma Tre; Alessandra Faggian - Gran Sasso Science Institute; Giuseppe Espa – University of Trento; Fiorenzo Ferlaino - IRES Piemonte; Anna Giunta - University Roma Tre and Centro Rossi-Doria; Donato Iacobucci - University Politecnica of Marche; Patrizia Lattarulo - IRPET; Emanuela Marrocu - University of Cagliari e CRENoS; Fabio Mazzola - University of Palermo; Corinna Morandi - Politecnico of Milano; Rosanna Nisticò – University of Calabria; Riccardo Padovani – SVIMEZ; Guido Pellegrini - University of Roma “La Sapienza”; Vincenzo Provenzano - University of Palermo; Laura Resmini - University Milano Bicocca; Andrea Omizzolo - Eurac Research; Thomas Streifeneder - Eurac Research, Roland Psenner - Eurac Research and University of Innsbruck; Massimo Tagliavini - Libera Università of Bolzano; Sen. Francesco Palermo - Eurac Research and University of Verona; Jens Woelk - Eurac Research and University of Trento; Virna Bussadori -  Autonomous Province of Bolzano;  Marianna Elmi - Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.

Local Organizing Committee

Andrea Omizzolo (Manager COL) - Eurac Research - Institute for Regional Development; Thomas Streifeneder - Eurac Research; Federica Viganó - Libera University of Bolzano; Virna Bussadori - Autonomous Province of Bolzano; Eleonora Psenner - Eurac Research; Anna Siebernagel - Eurac Research; Pier Paolo Mariotti - Eurac Research; Anna Carnielli - Eurac Research, Sara Parolari - Eurac Research, Adriano Bisello - Eurac Research.

AISRe Board

Guido Pellegrini (President) - University of Roma La Sapienza; Patrizia Lattarulo (Secretary) - IRPET; Vincenzo Provenzano (Treasury) - University of Palermo; Marco Alderighi - University of Valle d'Aosta; Marco Bellandi - University of Firenze; Fiorenzo Ferlaino - IRES Piemonte; Francesca Gambarotto - University of Padova; Donato Iacobucci - University Politecnica of Marche; Camilla Lenzi - Politecnico of Milano; Emanuela Marrocu - University of Cagliari; Fabio Mazzola - University of Palermo; Corinna Morandi - Politecnico of Milano; Rosanna Nisticò - University of Calabria; Laura Resmini - University of Milano Bicocca; Francesca Silvia Rota - IRES Piemonte.

Accounting Auditors

Marusca De Castris - University Roma Tre; Giovanni Perucca - Politecnico of Milano; Davide Piacentino - University of Palermo.

Venue of the Conference

Eurac Research - Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano (BZ) - www.eurac.edu


Technical Secretary A.I.S.Re: Diana Sarmiento, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AISRe Secretary: Patrizia Lattarulo, IRPET, Villa La Quiete alle Montalve, Via Pietro Dazzi, 1 50141 Firenze
Tel. 055 4591252, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Further information will be made available on the Association’s website: www. aisre.it


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The Autonomous Province of Bolzano recognizes the XXXIX Annual Scientific Conference as a "GreenEvent"