We cordially invite you to submit abstracts for, and take part in, the 3rd conference of RSA Research Network on “Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability – Spatial Smartness”. This will be held on 21-22 September 2017 at the University of Gdańsk, Department of Economic Geography, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Institute. Below you can find more details about the event:
This choice of focus addresses one of the primary aims of the RSA Network – to investigate meaning and practice of ‘smartness’ in city-regional governance. For this purpose, the notion of ‘smartness’ is understood here as revolving around finding a preferred balance between the competing quests for urban international competitiveness, national economic development, societal and territorial cohesion as well as environmental protection and addressing climate change.
The observed contest between often seemingly conflicting goals in governance arrangements become particularly evident when it comes to questions of ‘sustainability’ as the overarching political and policy-defining agenda. This contest is not made easier by the complexity of diverse emphases subsumed under the term ‘sustainability': political-economic, societal or environmental concerns, with associated claims for economic growth, social equality, and ecological considerations. In city-regions, these contestations and thus necessities for reconciling policy goals are particularly complex – and, with their dense and intense interdependencies, pose formidable political and practical challenges. Yet, at the same time, this makes city-regions and their governance a fascinating and rewarding arena for investigating the many meanings of ‘smartness’ – and, indeed, sustainability.
The Gdańsk conference sets out to explore ‘spatial smartness’ as the central topic. ‘Spatial smartness’ refers to the innovative use of, or engagement with, territory in city-regional governance. This includes the projection of ‘soft’ or ‘virtual’ spaces as part of collaborative forms of governance, as in ‘new regionalism’, for instance. Such may be achieved through city networks based on personality or institution-based connections, trans-border engagement or international representation and lobbying. In such instances, functional and strategic (agenda) relationships and networks generate a projected spatial backcloth of a ‘region’. The (conventional) alternative, of course, is redrawing administrative boundaries around areas of political-governmental control, with all the political and administrative upheaval and resistance that may entail. ‘Smartness’ may rest in the justification of such constructions, their operationalisation, and their strategic conceptualisation, seeking to reconcile multiple interests such as to minimize conflict and thus ineffective governance.
- digital/informational smartness: the use of information and communication technologies to e.g. mobilise or involve local civil society, or even adopt and implement ‘new’ mechanisms of governance;
- institutional smartness: the role of institutions in framing, facilitating and/or implementing ‘smartness’, such as through new ways of formulating policies, and responding to public political discourses, addressing conflicting policy agendas;
- experimental smartness: collecting examples of cutting‐edge practices to serve as an empirical basis for conceptual discussions about achieving multiple goals, changing established ways of doing things, reaching out to new actors and voices, etc. Specific, individual examples of experimental rationalising and policy‐making in smart city‐regional governance are of interest.
Abstracts should be around 300 words long and submitted to the conference e-mail RSAN‐SmartGov‐Events@mail.ioer.de by the deadline of 11 June 2017.
|11/06||deadline for sending in the abstract via the conference website|
|23/06||by this date contributors will be informed whether their paper has been accepted. Start of registration. One week later a preliminary programme will be sent to the contributors.|
|20/08||deadline for notified presenters to register. This also applies to those who would like to participate without presenting a paper. One week later the final programme will be made available.|
If you are eligible and wish to apply, please add a paragraph to your abstract submission, in which you state your intent to apply, introduce yourself and briefly explain why you are eligible for such a bursary.
Please note: The closing date for bursary applications is also 11 June 2017. For further enquiries about the bursary, please contact the conference e‐mail RSAN‐SmartGov‐Events@mail.ioer.de.
- Dr Gerd Lintz, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (network coordinator)
- Prof Bas van Heur, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Dr Igor Calzada, University of Oxford
- Prof Iwona Sagan, University of Gdańsk
- Prof Yonn Dierwechter, University of Washington, Tacoma
- Dr Tassilo Herrschel, University of Westminster
- Dr Stefano Di Vita, Politecnico di Milano, Milan
- Prof Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University, Portland
From the airport to the university campus
The Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk is just 12 km from the University of Gdansk. You can:
- take a taxi (price approximately 20-25 euro = 80-100 PLN);
- take the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway (PKM) and get out at Gdańsk-Strzyża. From there it is 15 minutes-walk to the campus or 2 stations by tram;
From the airport to the city centre (Old Town)
The Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk is just 10 km away from city centre. You can:
- take a taxi (price approximately 20-25 euro = 80-100 PLN);
- take the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway (PKM) and get out at Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz; then change the line from PKM to SKM (Fast Municipal Railway) on the other platform. One normal ticket on this route costs 5 PLN. Tickets are available at ticket machines on certain platforms of SKM stations or in some kiosks’ within the station.
From the city centre to the university campus
- take the SKM (Fast Municipal Railway) from Gdansk Główny or Gdańsk Śródmieście and then get out at Gdańsk Przymorze-Uniwersytet (15 minutes). Then there is 8-10-minute-walk through Grunwaldzka Street and near McDonald’s restaurant.
- take the tram from Gdańsk Główny (lines 6, 11, 12) and get out at University Campus station. Every ticket for one ride costs PL 3.20 PLN. It is also possible to buy a ticket valid for one hour (3.80 PLN), which allows for changes during the same period of time.
For any other connections
- Let’s check jakdojade.pl – the most popular public transport application in PL.
Hotel Oliwski*** (1,5 km from the University)
Address: Piastowska 1, 80-332 Gdańsk
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Arkon Park Hotel *** (1,5 km from the University)
Address: Śląska 10, 80-384, Gdańsk
- Hotel Zajazd pod Oliwką (3,0 km from the University)
Address: Kościerska 1a, 80-328 Gdańsk–Oliwa
- Dwór Oliwski Hotel ***** (3,5 km from the University)
Address: Bytowska 4, 80-328 Gdańsk-Oliwa
- Hilton Gdańsk*****
Address: Targ Rybny 1, Gdańsk, 80-838
- Radisson Blu Gdańsk*****
Address: Długi Targ 19/Powroźnicza, Gdańsk, 80-828
- Holland House Residence Old Town****
Address: Długi Targ 33/34, Śródmieście, 80-830 Gdańsk
- Hotel Hanza ****
Address: Tokarska 6, 80-888 Gdańsk
- Smart Hotel ** (4 km from the University of Gdansk)
Address: Słowackiego 3, 80-257 Gdańsk
- Focus Hotel Premium **** (4 km from the University)
Address: Nad Stawem 5, 80-454 Gdańsk
…if you would like to stay in the Old Town, you can make reservations at one of these hotels:
…if you prefer location between University and Old Town, let’s check available accommodation in:
- Prof Iwona Sagan, University of Gdansk (email@example.com)
- Dr Jakub Szlachetko, Metropolitan Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MSc Jan Frankowski, University of Gdansk (email@example.com)
- MSc Karel Dolinski, University of Gdansk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MSc Anna Kruk, University of Gdansk (email@example.com)
The Conference is co-financed from the RSA Project Smart City – Regional Governance for Sustainability.