October 2012

The Review of Regional Studies 41(2,3) is now online. Click the link to go to read seven new fabulous articles plus three new book reviews! Remember, this is at the NEW home of the journal, which is Open Access– no passwords needed.www.srsa.org/rrs!

2013 Conference! Come join us at the Key Bridge Marriott (April 4-6) for the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association. The conference hotel rate is $169 per night, which is available for April 3-7, 2013. Our Program Chair and President-elect is Michael Lahr, Rutgers University. Members of SRSA are encouraged to organize special sessions on topics of their choosing. E-mail with plans for your special session(s). Please use this site to submit your title and abstract (under Proposal Submission) and to register for the conference. Stay in touch by visiting us on FacebookLink to Conference Registration Site.


After doing a great job as Book Review Editor for the RRS, Cliff Lipscomb has decided to step down from this position.  Let’s thank Cliff for his hard work, and also welcome our new Book Review team! Sebastian and Susane Leguizamon have agreed to accept our invitation, and will soon be contacting members about doing book reviews.


With support from the Southern Regional Science Association and Bucknell University, Professor Nancy White convened a workshop on the local economic and community impacts of shale energy production. Researchers largely from research institutions in the Marcellus Shale region gathered at Bucknell University on July 31, 2012, to share their research. The concept of the workshop was to uncover findings funded niether by either the energy industry nor its opponents so that public discussions surrounding fracking are better informed. Researchers spent the day identifying a variety of issues ranging from the shale industry’s impact on local roadway maintenance and financing, its effect on nearby housing values, and its potential impact on the health of local residents. A special issue of The Review of Regional Studies based on this workshop is currently under development. See this link for more information about the meeting.


The Review of Regional Studies 41(1) is now online.  Click the link to go to the NEW home of the journal, which is Open Access– no passwords needed.  You still need an account in order to submit a paper– if you have reviewed any papers in the last few years you already have an account.  Don’t hesitate to email Mike and Mark if you encounter any difficulties or have questions.


The 2012 Conference in Charlotte, NC drew a great crowd of 150 participants.  Nancy White (Bucknell) presented an eye-opening fellow’s address on the impacts of Shale Gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and our Keynote plenary session presented by Tim Bartik (Upjohn Institute) on needed additions to Regional Science research for policy was similarly very enlightening. Doug Woodward (South Carolina) gave an interesting Presidential Address on Clusters and Economic Development Initiatives in the South.  We welcomed Dan Rickman(OK State, co-editor, Growth and Change) as incoming president, and he did a wonderful job as program chair. View pictures here on Google+, most are courtesy of Alexandra Tsvetkova (thanks!).


Christa Jensen at WVU was named the winner of the the 2012 Barry M. Moriarty Student Paper Competition Award, presented at our March, 2012 meetings in Charlotte.  Her winning paper was entitled “Examining Sub-national Hazardous Waste Flows in the United Kingdom: A Spatial Interaction Approach”.


Mark Burkey of North Carolina A&T State University was named co-editor of The Review of Regional Studies, serving with Mike Lahr of Rutgers.  The Review will soon become an open access journal, and the editors have been working hard to get the journal indexed in RePEc.

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