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Minister of State John Paul Phelan opens conference in DIT

Posted: 1 September, 2017

Minister of State for Local Government & Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan TD, visited DIT Grangegorman today to officially open the Regional Studies Association (RSA) annual conference, which will hear from a variety of national and international speakers.

Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan TD, pictured at the Regional Studies Association conference in DIT Grangegorman.

The Regional Studies Association is a large, active international academic society concerned with the analysis of regional and sub-national issues. The theme of this year’s conference is “Urban Centres and Regional Economic Development” encompassing topics surrounding housing; regional spatial and economic strategies and international comparator cases. Significant sub-themes of the 2017 conference include the regional impact of Brexit; the drivers of regional economic development and the links between urban, regional and rural development.

DIT President, Professor Brian Norton welcomes delegates to the Regional Studies Association annual conference in DIT Grangegorman

Keynote speakers include Professor Mike Danson, Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot-Watt University, who will discuss his paper “community resilience and enterprise in the periphery – lessons from Celtic and Nordic Europe. Professor Danson explains that as international trade and customs unions move centre stage with Brexit negotiations dominating much commentary, there is a tendency to focus on the drivers of big business and globalisation in regional economic development. However, in this environment, there is a continuing need to consider how small countries, like Ireland, who are on the periphery can realise their comparative advantages and prosper.

 The second keynote speaker is Professor Andy Pike, Henry Daysh Chair of Regional Development Studies at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. Professor Pike is calling for demand-side policies for inclusive growth that seeks to raise demand for labour in a city economy, increase labour demand for specific groups, and/or improve the quality of employment.

More information about the event and speaker profiles can be found here