2019 RSA Europe Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College

Applications are welcome from PhD students and candidates & post-docs and early career researchers. Submission Deadline: 24th June 2019

The mobility of skilled individuals and the transitional nature of the workplace from a more permanent and stationary setting to one that is project-based and dominated by short term contracts is changing the economic landscape. In addition, as highly skilled workers become more reliant on finding, and subsequently bidding and securing, projects offered by a variety of entities, they also increasingly need to become entrepreneurs rather than just employees who can rely on the support mechanisms that a regular place of work usually offers.

Conversely, low skilled individuals face increased job insecurity and competition both domestically and internationally (via imports from low labour cost countries and value chains). The co-evolution of skills, mobility and entrepreneurship, and the rapid pace of how these transitions occur in the contemporary knowledge-based economy provides a fertile environment for inter-disciplinary discourse and scientific inquiry. RSA Europe's Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College 2019 aims to coach students and early career researchers to collaborate and work across disciplines in order to tackle these and related, societal challenges.

2019 RSA Europe Summer College Instructors:

  • Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Riccardo Crescenzi, London School of Economics, UK
  • Maria Chiara Di Guardo, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Dieter F. Kogler, Spatial Dynamics Lab, UCDublin, Ireland)
  • Emanuela Marrocu, CRENoS, Università di Cagliari, Italy
  • Ernest Miguelez, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Alessandro Plaisant, Universita di Sassari, Italy
  • Stefano Usai, CRENoS, Università di Cagliari, Italy
  • Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester, UK

 Main objectives:

  • To develop new networks beyond economic geography and regional disciplines
  • To explore collaborations at the intersection of disciplines
  • To push the frontier of scientific inquiry in one field by incorporation of ideas and theories from others
  • To connect young talented researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds
  • To offer participants valuable networking opportunities with peers and also with course tutors
  • To offer participants training in methods and skills and the opportunity to discuss and develop their understanding of, and contribution to, theoretical advancement
  • To encourage and pursue the development of future leading researchers

The venue, CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research) is located at the University of Cagliari in the stunning Mediterranean metropolis of Cagliari, Sardinia, and provides an ideal setting for this event.

More information

If you are interested to join us, pleased submit all application documents and the required video via the platform provided on the RSA Europe's Summer College webpage by Monday, June 24th, 2019.

Acceptance into the College covers accommodation, meals and social activities. There is no formal charge to attend this event but a voluntary donation to RSA Europe of €250 is strongly suggested to support the Foundation’s work.

Read about the experiences of students at our first RSA summer college 2018