Conference: Central and Eastern Europe: A Dynamically Changing Region in an Ever-Changing World

11th – 13th September 2024 / University of Dubrovnik, Croatia


The RSA’s CEE Conference in Dubrovnik provides an opportunity for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and students working in all areas related to regional policy, regional development and regional studies to come together and discuss the changing internal and external dynamics of CEE. The conference organisers warmly invite sessions and papers which look at CEE from the inside out and others which look at CEE from the outside in. They are particularly keen to see contributions from those whose research speaks to both. An example here might be research that explores the strategic location of CEE in China’s Belt and Road Initiative by examining which places or regions stand to gain or lose the most as a result.


Potential themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

Looking out – CEEs Place in the World:

  • The changing identity and external view of CEE
  • The changing impact of CEE on the International political stage
  • The position and role of CEE in the European project and further enlargement
  • The influence of Russia, China, the EU and US on CEE
  • CEE and the global east
  • Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans, between CEE and SEE
  • De-colonial and post-colonial Approaches to CEE
  • Contributions to theory production and innovation in methodological development
  • CEE in a digital world
  • CEE in a post-Covid world
  • CEE and the climate change and energy crises
  • CEEs role and position in global value chains, transnational cooperation, foreign direct investment

Looking in – places and regions in CEE:

  • Winners and losers of economic transformation
  • Hidden economies of everyday life and social reproduction
  • Spaces of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Institutional change and the rescaling of power
  • Spatial planning in the context of urban and regional policies 
  • Integrated territorial development and management of specific territories
  • Climate change, green infrastructure, and civil protection
  • Demographic shifts and changing social structures
  • Healthcare, education and welfare
  • Tourism, culture, creativity
  • Transport, infrastructure, waste
  • Housing, labour markets and work

Looking in, looking out:

  • Comparing social, economic and political trends inside and outside CEE
  • EU Cohesion Policy and its regional impacts in CEE
  • Transnational, macroregional and cross-border cooperation inside and outside CEE
  • Comparative approaches to researching CEE and non-CEE places and regions
  • Spatial distribution and effects of foreign investment
  • Integrating regional, national and international economies
  • Liberalism, illiberalism, authoritarian within and beyond CEE
  • Strategic location in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the impact on places or regions in CEE
  • (Im)mobilities and (im)migration of people from inside-to-outside or outside-to-inside CEE
  • Placing the digital economy in CEE


The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in the field. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration.

The conference is organised in partnership with Department of Economics and Business at the University of Dubrovnik and in association with the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and the Leibniz ScienceCampus Eastern Europe- Global Area (EEGA).

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