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European Urban & Regional Studies Conference

 European Urban & Regional Studies Conference

9th European Urban & Regional Studies Conference

Europe and the World: Competing Visions, Changing Spaces, Flows and Politics

University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

10th - 12th July, 2013

Europe’s relations with the wider world are continuously undergoing change. The urban and regional significance of these changing relations remains surprisingly poorly understood. The global financial and economic crisis, the dramatic events of late 2010 and 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa, the continuing crisis in Europe, and the global rise of ‘new powers’ are each impacting on how Europe, its citizens, and its cities and regions are connected to the wider world. The 9th European Urban and Regional Studies conference aims to consider a wide range of consequences of these changes as well as other themes relating to European urban and regional change.

To address these questions the Editors propose the following broad themes, but as always welcome papers that cut across or go beyond those specified.

  • Europe, the financial/economic crisis and the effects of the crisis on cities, regions, spaces and flows
  • Inequality and (in)security within Europe: “North-South” and “East-West” comparisons
  • Mobility and migration within Europe and “Europe of the camps?” Migrant labour from the fringes of Europe
  • Europe and its neighbours: the creation of macro-regional spaces
  • Gender and ethnicity in European cities and regions
  • Global production networks, changing international divisions of labour, and regional transformation in Europe
  • The geo-politics of regional integration and energy security within and without Europe
  • Healthy urban environments
  • Environmental and low-carbon energy transitions in European cities and regions
  • City transformations in spaces of flows
  • European borders and boundaries: who/where is included and who/where is excluded
  • Industrial and regional creativity and change
  • Social reproduction in places undergoing transformation
  • Urban and regional peripherality and interactions between urban and rural spaces
  • City privatisation and the contested politics of urban change

Plenary Speakers include:

  • Maria Kousis (University of Crete)
  • Enzo Mingione (University of Milan - Bicocca)
  • John Pickles (University of North Carolina)
  • Dina Vaiou (National Technical University of Athens)


The conference will be held at The University of Sussex which is located just outside the city of Brighton on the south coast of the UK, about 60 miles south of London and 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport. The university has excellent public transport links.

The campus: Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain. Situated in rolling parkland, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park, yet it lies just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton & Hove. Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the buildings that make up the heart of the campus were given listed building status in 1993. Falmer House is one of only two educational buildings in the UK to be Grade I listed in recognition of its exceptional interest.

Full package with accommodationPrice per person
  • Conference registration fee
  • 3 nights en-suite bed and breakfast (10th, 11th & 12th July)
  • Dinner on 10th July Wine reception on 11th July (dinner not included)
  • Tea / coffee breaks / lunch on 11th & 12th July
  • Conference Dinner 12th July
£395.00 (single room)
Day Rate without accommodationPrice per person
  • Conference registration fee
  • Dinner on 10th July
  • Wine reception on 11th July (dinner not included)
  • Tea/coffee breaks/lunch on 11th & 12th July
£195.00 (excluding conference dinner 12th July)
£230.00 (including conference dinner 12th July)

Proposals for Papers

A one-page abstract should be sent by 31st December, 2012 to: Kathy Wood, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK (email:

All proposals will be refereed and acceptance of papers will be confirmed. Final papers will be required electronically by 11th June, 2013.

Contact Details

Kathy Wood
Durham University
Department of Geography
Lower Mountjoy
South Road, Durham

Tel: 0191 3341926
Fax: 0191 3341801