RSA Student and Early Career Conference 2018

25th – 26th October 2018, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK


Abstract submission deadline: Monday 10th September 2018


This conference will give PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing a PhD) the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional and urban studies, planning, geography, politics, development studies, economics and related fields. This is an annually run conference and previous participants particularly valued the invaluable feedback received, new ideas and learning how to strategically develop and enhance their profiles for career progression.

The conference will bring together a range of international participants from different disciplines to present and debate their work in a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment. Participants will be able to enrich their engagement with contemporary research in the field and share their learning.

Experts in academic publishing, funding and impact will be present during the conference and provide insights into how to publish in academic journals, how to build a professional network, how to promote your publications, how and where to apply for funding and how to increase the impact of your work. 


Plenary speakers

The conference’s plenary speakers are listed online at


Plenary topics include:

Top 10 career building tips

Applying for research funding: what support is available?

Engaging with the UK research funding landscape: Harnessing postgraduate and early career opportunities

Why (and how to) engage with policy?

Networks, discoverability and the politics of being discovered

Publish without perishing: strategies for success in scholarly communication


Conference website

The Conference webpage is available at


Call for abstracts and submission

We welcome abstract submissions with a regional focus and especially those in the areas listed in Call for Papers at  

Methods Roundtable Session: The conference will also include a roundtable session on methods. For this session, we welcome abstracts addressing a methodological problem or innovation.

Please submit your research and/ or methods abstract (up to 500 words) via the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 10th September 2018. To submit your abstract, please go to  and follow ‘click here to register’. Abstracts will be considered against the criteria of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.


Scientific committee

Professor Michael Collyer, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK

Dr Deepta Chopra, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Dr Paul Gilbert, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK


RSA conference manager

Wanda Miczorek, [log in to unmask]


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