Regional Science Academy

an independent scholarly global network

Independent and Balanced

The Regional Science Academy is to be an independent and balanced ‘flat’ network of recognised, dedicated and active scholars in the spatial sciences, who seek to promote a sustainable future for regional and urban development around the world through scholarly contributions to regional science.
This vision is based on advanced regional science theory, research and education, and is envisioned to be achieved through innovative and forward-looking intellectual contributions and initiatives. Its members are committed to share their scientific talents with, and to provide scholarly services to, the regional science community at large on a voluntary basis.

Mission Statement

The Regional Science Academy is a service-oriented scholarly network for rethinking and managing the spatial dynamics of people and socio-economic activities in connected and complex spatial systems of our earth by:
- developing new interdisciplinary knowledge and knowledge initiatives for strengthening regions and cities as livable, vital and resilient places;
- creating and exploiting scientific synergy – and related smart governance action – on regional and urban development, from an economic, social, demographic, policy, cultural, logistic, mobility and innovation perspective, at a different spatial scale levels.

Corporate Vision

The Regional Science Academy is a strategic spatial knowledge catalyst: it acts as a global intellectual powerhouse for new knowledge network initiatives and scholarly views on regions and cities as vital centrepieces of interconnected spatial systems.

“The doors of wisdom are never shut"

Benjamin Franklin

Added value of the Regional Science Academy

Can be highlighted by focusing on the realisation of the following overarching aims related to its long-term corporate vision, which is to:
- Enhance the critical role of regions and cities worldwide as vital, livable and sustainable places with a high-quality environment for living and working;
- Develop the foundations for an integrated regional theory and methodology, perhaps by starting to reflect on the background and foundations of regional science;
- Design socio-economic, ecological and planning ground-level research that is policy-oriented and innovation-driven;
- Provide the scholarly and policy tools for developing, assessing, and aiding the effective implementation of research, with a view to tackling future challenges for regions and cities all over the world, based on a merger of serendipity-driven and client-oriented research.
- Develop communication mechanisms for sharing the knowledge base in the regional science field, in particular by addressing novel and path-breaking perspectives on regional science research.
- Nurture the future of spatial analysis by addressing forward-looking models (e.g. models of change and shocks) and plans (‘Burnham-style operations’).
- Act as an intellectual platform for exchanging creative knowledge on spatial (regional, urban, geographical or transportation) development, in cooperation with a younger generation and with scholars from emerging and developing countries.
- Design original and practical regional science curricula descriptions that ensure a high quality, form the basis for accreditation and shape a new generation of young regional scientists.

Regional Science Academy aims

To generate original (sometimes radical) and creative ideas, concepts and initiatives that benefit regional scientists and society all over the world, in particular, through the execution of the following action plans:
- To act as a catalyst for the genesis of novel and original future-oriented cornerstones for a vital regional science including, in particular, novel conceptualisations, new theoretical paradigms, innovative methodologies, unconventional application fields, or proactive and smart governance mechanisms;
- To favour the dissemination of the body of regional science knowledge towards various interest groups, such as scholars from related and sometimes distant disciplines, policymakers and planners, or the business community, so as to provide novel liaison services for effective solution-oriented contributions to sustainable regional and urban development; the regional science community should be able to develop a new habitus or collective ethos, where ‘solutions on demand’ might be created;
- To map out, synthesise and monitor a wide array of educational, teaching and training programmes in regional science in different educational institutions or places worldwide, at the Bachelor, graduate/postgraduate/research Master level, with the aim to form a clearing house for advanced regional science education, which may provide guidelines for the development of curricula in regional science and related disciplines (e.g. textbooks used, recognition and certification of programmes, sandwich PhDs, twinning programmes, summer courses, etc.);
- To ensure a permanently vital development of regional science through the active involvement of young promising regional science scholars – for instance, through a Young Chamber of the Regional Science Academy (with a relatively independent constituency) – so that the ‘next gen’ can act as a source of new research ideas, or for shifting boundaries (e.g. happiness research, social justice, ageing, sustainable spatial development, e-research, human health, global logistics, global urbanisation, resource ownership, safety research, forced migration, etc.).

Meet Our Members


Ana Maria Bonomi Barufi

Dr. Neil Reid portrait

Neil Reid

João Romão

João Romão


Hans Westlund


Karima Kourtit


Peter Nijkamp


Roger R. Stough