Regional Studies Association International Conference, Dublin, 4th – 7th June, 2017 – The Great Regional Awakening: New Directions

Special Sessions on MAKERS of Value: New Manufacturing Regions


  • David Bailey, Aston University, UK:
  • Lisa De Propris, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Laura Wolf-Powers, CUNY, USA


The manufacturing sector is changing and a new manufacturing model is emerging. Recent scholarly debate has unpacked this ‘production organisation revolution’. It is therefore timely to understand what form this new manufacturing model will take in both Europe and the United States and how it can contribute to regional economic development.  This session is organised by the RSA’s ‘New Manufacturing Regions’ network and asks whether – and under what conditions – new manufacturing models might offer the potential to develop and anchor manufacturing activities in relatively high-cost regional economies.

Topics that will be considered for this session include (but are not limited to):

  • New manufacturing models and implications for local production systems
  • Manu-services and regional development.
  • New manufacturing, value chains and regional development.
  • New manufacturing and regional intermediaries
  • ‘Makers movements’ in the US and Europe
  • Urban and rural manufacturing.
  • New manufacturing regional case studies
  • Workforce skills in regions for the new manufacturing.
  • regional innovation-centres and new manufacturing.
  • Implications of new manufacturing for industrial strategy and regional policy

Further details on the special sessions can be found on the RSA conference webpages.


Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250 word abstract through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by Friday 24th February 2017. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.

For more information visit the RSA Conference webpages.


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