The Western Development Commission is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Regional Studies Association-Irish Branch Annual Conference, together with IT Sligo and the Northern & Western Regional Assembly.
The theme is “City Led Regional Development and Peripheral Regions”. Speakers will examine how urban areas interact with their rural regions and whether the development of the city or urban area leads to wider development. The conference takes place at the Institute of Technology Sligo on Friday 7th September. Register here.
Two international experts, Dr Andrew Copus from the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and Professor Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University, will present other countries’ experience on this theme and stimulate debate about the reality of “city led development”.
Issues in Ireland will be examined in other sessions focusing on the history of Irish planning, the development of regional strategies, the trickle-down effects of urban centres and what regional accounts can tell us about our regional economies. Academics from MU, UL, DCU, DIT and UCC will be joined by policymakers from the WDC, NWRA and IDA Ireland.
With the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies of Project Ireland 2040 soon to be issued for public consultation, this conference offers a great opportunity to debate the future of regional development in Ireland.
Detailed Conference Information can be accessed here (including speaker bios, directions, and accommodation).
Register here for the conference (€70 including lunch) and come along and join in the debate.