Regional disparities in the UK - Call for Papers (deadline 29/02/20)
Regional or spatial disparities are a concern in virtually all countries across the globe. However, evidence indicates that the UK is one of the most spatially unbalanced countries in the industrialised world (McCann, 2019; OECD, 2018). Official data for the UK also shows that spatial inequalities can be traced back for at least half a century (Nguyen, 2019). In addition to macroeconomic factors, regional disparities are often blamed on the local business environment, productivity, skills, and institutions (The World Bank, 2018; Rice, Venables and Patacchini, 2006). While knowledge and innovation are crucial for generating regional growth, research has shown that there is a complex interplay between internal and external factors in terms of knowledge, and socio-economic conditions (Crescenzi and Rodríguez-Pose, 2011).
Spatial inequality is also re-taking centre-stage in political debates, as policymakers aim to create opportunities for people in ‘places that don’t matter’ (Rodríguez-Pose, 2018) and address the issue of ‘spatially rebalancing the economy’ (Martin, Pike, Tyler and Gardiner, 2016).
This special issue of the NIER aims to stimulate debate on regional/spatial disparities in the UK and what can be done to address them. We invite academic and policy contributions, where both theoretical and empirical work is welcome (6,000-7,000 words). Authors are invited to submit contributions on the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:
- Dimensions of regional disparities in the UK
- Success and failures of regional policies
- Brexit and its implications for regions
- Perceptions in ‘places left behind’
- Global Value Chains, internationalisation and regional development
- Putting the ‘local’ in the UK’s industrial strategy
- Digital infrastructure and regional development
- Using new and innovative data for regional research
- Regions and productivity measurement
- Role of agglomeration economies for regional development
- Spatial disparities in sustainability and environmental protection
- Research on how to replace EU Structural Funds
The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to a half day workshop at NIESR around April 2020. NIESR also usually holds a pre-publication dissemination event to present the articles to an audience including the press and would like authors to attend if possible. If needed, NIESR can offer a contribution towards travel expenses.
Paper submission: Interested authors should submit a detailed extended abstract or, preferably, a complete paper to David Nguyen (d.nguyen [at] niesr.ac.uk) by 29th February 2020. Decisions of acceptance or rejection by the editorial committee will be announced by the end of April 2020.
Editorial committee: Arnab Bhattacharjee (Heriot-Watt), Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), David Nguyen (NIESR), and Tony Venables (Oxford). The managing editor of the National Institute Economic Review is Jagjit Chadha.
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Crescenzi R. & Rodríguez-Pose A. (2011) “Innovation and Regional Growth in the European Union”, Berlin, Heidelberg and New York: Springer.
Martin, R., Pike, A., Tyler, P. and Gardiner, B. (2016), “Spatially Rebalancing the UK Economy: Towards a New Policy Model?”, Regional Studies, 50(2): 342-357.
McCann, P. (2019), “Perceptions of regional inequality and the geography of discontent: insights from the UK”, Regional Studies.
Nguyen, D. (2019), “Regional Economic Disparities and Development in the UK”, NIESR Policy Paper 010, January 2019.
OECD (2018), “OECD Regions and Cities at a Glance 2018”, OECD Publishing, Paris.
Rice, P., Venables, A.J., and Patacchini, E. (2006), “Spatial determinants of productivity: Analysis for the regions of Great Britain”, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 36(6): 727-752.
Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2018), “The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it)”, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11(1): 189–209.
The World Bank (2018), “Rethinking Lagging Regions: Using Cohesion Policy to Deliver on the Potential of Europe’s Regions”, World Bank Report on the European Union, May 2018.