It is our pleasure to announce the 20th Congress of the Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Regional (APDR), to be held at the University of Évora in Évora, Portugal on July 10 – 11, 2014.
Main theme: Renaissance of the Regions of Southern Europe
In the recent years, the southern Europe countries experienced, particularly aggravated, the economic crisis that affected much of the western world. This crisis has thus helped to exacerbate the existing inequalities between the North and South of Europe. After several decades away from levels of development and economic growth recorded elsewhere and the considerable efforts in terms of regional development policies, the southern regions of Europe need to find your way.
Thus, this congress will seek to answer the following questions:
- What conditions are necessary for the economic revival of southern Europe?
- What is wrong in regional development policies pursued so far?
- How can countries of southern Europe to improve their levels of development?
- The boundary between Europe and the Mediterranean is a threat or an opportunity?
- How can Southern Europe take advantage of the connection to the South Atlantic?
The 2014 APDR Congress will work through plenary sessions, conferences and round tables, workshops and parallel sessions. Parallel sessions will include: i) abstracts submitted to Regular Sessions (RS), proposed by the organization; and ii) abstracts submitted to Special Sessions (SS), proposed by participants and discussion topics included in workshops proposed by the participants.
- Entrepreneurship and Regional Development – Luísa Carvalho (Open University, Lisbon, Portugal)
- Smart Specialisation Strategies and the Renaissance of the Regions of Southern Europe – John Edwards (JRC-IPTS, European Commission), Martina Pertoldi (JRC-IPTS, European Commission), Artur da Rosa Pires (University of Aveiro)
- National public policies for regional development in the European Union. North-South differences and similarities between Member States – Paulo Neto (University of Évora, CEFAGE-UE and CIEO-UALG), Maria Manuel Serrano (University of Évora, SOCIUS – ISEG/UL)
- 25 years of cross-border cooperation between Portugal and Spain (1989−2014) (Using past experiences to improve future mutual collaborations) – Iva Pires (CEG e Cesnova, UNL), Eduardo Medeiros (CEG-IGOT, U. Lisboa)
- Interfaces entre o ensino superior e o desenvolvimento territorial – Conceição Rego (CEFAGE-UE & Departamento de Economia da Universidade de Évora), Carlos Vieira – (CEFAGE-UE & Departamento de Economia da Universidade de Évora), Isabel Vieira – (CEFAGE-UE & Departamento de Economia da Universidade de Évora)
- Boosting the economy in rural areas – Maria Leonor da Silva Carvalho (ICAAM, University of Évora), Maria Raquel Ventura Lucas (CEFAGE, University of Évora), Pedro Damião de Sousa Henriques (CEFAGE, University of Évora), Rui Manuel de Sousa Fragoso (CEFAGE, University of Évora)
- Family Farming and Sustainable Development: 2014 and beyond – Rosalina Pisco Costa (University of Évora & CEPESE, Portugal), Maria da Saudade Baltazar (University of Évora & CICS.NOVA, Portugal)
- Contributions of foresight to think and prepare the future of the territories – Marcos Olímpio Gomes dos Santos (Centro de Investigação em Sociologia e Antroplogia “Augusto da Silva” /Universidade de Évora)
- The convergence of Portuguese regions and the European regional policy – Cássio Rolim (Federal University of Paraná, PPGDE-UFPR, Brazil)
- Water reuse and sustainable development – Maria de Fátima Nunes de Carvalho (Polytechnic Institute of Beja), Ana Rita da Silva Prazeres (CEBAL – Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Baixo Alentejo), Joaquim Marques Patanita (Polytechnic Institute of Beja), Mariana Augusta Parrinha Duarte Regato (Polytechnic Institute of Beja)
- Renaissance of the Regions of the Southern Europe
- Urban and Regional Economics
- Regional and Local Development Policies
- Financing of Economic Growth
- Spatial Dimensions of the Crisis of the State
- Regional and Local Public Finance
- Sectoral Policies and Regional Dynamics
- Infrastructure and Regional Development
- Labour Markets and Development
- Tourism and Sustainable Development
- Education, Innovation and Territory
- Rural Development and Agrarian Economy
- Modelling in Regional Economy
- Spatial Econometrics
- Regional and Urban Planning
- Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
The Bartholomew award is awarded to scientists aged less than 33 years (including co-authors) on the 15th of July each year, presenting a paper in a session of APDR Congress. The prize is awarded by a jury of appreciation by the Director of the Portuguese Jou rnal of Regional Studies and two scientists appointed by him. The assessment criteria are: conceptual coherence, relevance to regional science and its impact on regional development.
The papers presented in 20th APDR Congress may be published in the Portuguese Journal of Regional Studies (RPER), even though the first version has been included in the proceedings of the Congress. To this end, the authors interested should submit their respective manuscripts, even in relation to revised texts brought to Congress, referring them to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.