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YSI @ International Conference: Innovation Challenges in South America

YSI @ RSA - KIRDSA Conference 2024

Start time:

February 8 - February 9



Universidad de la República, Udelar, Uruguay, Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo, 11200




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Ron Boschma

Keynote Speaker. Professor in Regional Economics (Utrecht University) and Innovation Studies (University of Stavanger).

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Anabel Marin

Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies and Director at Bioleft

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Domink Hartman

Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)


The YSI Urban and Regional Economics Working Group and the RSA – KIRDSA Network invite Graduate Students and Early Career researchers based in South America to submit their research for the Young Scholars Sessions of the International Conference on regional development in South America: empowering knowledge flows and collaboration networks that is going to happen in February 8-9, 2024 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
This conference aims to bring together researchers studying the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the South American context and development processes with a territorial approach in the region’s countries.
Selected Young Scholars will present their research at the Young Scholar Sessions and will participate of the Paper Development Workshop. The idea of the Young Scholar Sessions is to build a space in which the Young Scholars can present their research and receive feedbacks from their peers, but also contributions from a mentor, in order to provide them guidance for improvements. Beyond the YSI activities, the young scholars will have the opportunity to participate of other activities of the conference such as paper presentation sessions, presentation and discussion sessions with keynote speakers and a round table with policy makers.

We welcome contributions that are related, but not exclusively, to the following topics:

  • Innovation and development in territories specializing in extractive industries.
  • Interaction and collaboration networks in innovation processes of South America
  • Relatedness, productive specialization and technological diversification in South American Regions
  • Local development, clusters and industrial districts in the context of South American countries
  • Environmental challenges and green transitions in South American regions
  • Migration, brain drain and brain circulation in South America
  • Cities as poles of development, innovation and inequality in South America
  • Global Value Chains, knowledge flows and diversification opportunities in South America cities.
  • Gender gaps in science, technology and innovation, causal factors at the regional level.

We welcome contributions with theoretical focus, methodological innovations and/ or with implications for the design of public policies for innovation and regional development in South American countries.

  • Extended abstracts: max 2500 words. References, figures and/or tables that are not considered in the word count.
  • Full papers (optional): max 8000 words

Young Scholar Initiative – Institute of New Economic Thinking (YSI – INET) encourages and supports the participation of Young Scholars (Students/ Early Career). If you apply for the YSI session, please specify in your submission. Partial travel and accommodation funds are available.

Important Dates:

  • June 20th: Submission for abstracts (and papers) Start
  • October 15th: Submission for abstracts (and papers) End DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Keynote Speaker : Ron Boschma,

Paper Development Workshop: Jana Schmutzler

Round table with policymakers: José Borello

KIRDSA Network
Aims to promote research on regional development in South America, focused on knowledge flows and innovation capabilities.

KIRDSA Organizing committee

  • Andrea Belmartino (Gran Sasso Science Institute – Italy)
  • Pablo Galaso (Universidad de la República – Uruguay)
  • Sergio Palomeque (Universidad de la República – Uruguay).

Website: https://www.regionalstudies.org/network/knowledge-innovation-and-regional-development-in-south-america/

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