The Regional Studies Association (RSA), the leading international learned society in the field of regional studies, has opened a new U.S. Project Office in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
UCLA Urban Planning professor and chair, Lois Takahashi, who is also affiliated with the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, has been appointed to lead a team of two, Dr, Beth Tamayose and Taner Osman in a project including the mapping of regional studies and science in North America.
“We are delighted to work with the RSA on this important project. Deliverables will include not only events and publications but also development of knowledge exchange between the worlds of academia, policy and practice,” said Dr. Takahashi, adding, “We hope it will also foster more cross Atlantic collaboration on key research questions.”
The new Office expands on RSA’s long-standing ability to support the work of students, early career researchers, academics and practitioners in
advancing the field of regional studies and regional science and in connecting evidence-based research to policy and practice.
“The fast growing number of members, the geographical spread and the interdisciplinary of the fields covered under the umbrella of regional studies, has encouraged RSA to commit important resources in this project and to embark upon and embrace this new enterprise” said Professor David Bailey, Chair of the Association.
“We are confident that the new Office will be a great asset to the Association and its international members” said Sally Hardy, Chief Executive of the Association. “During the planning and the launch of this initiative the Association has received great support and encouragement from the whole international community of regional studies and regional science,” said Hardy.
Funding Available from The Regional Studies Association:
The RSA has a long-standing record of supporting the work of academic researchers. Its key awards to this end include the Early Career Grant Scheme , the RSA Awards  for outstanding research, support for the organization of one-off events, such as conferences and workshops (RSA Event Support Scheme ), in addition to travel awards .
For more information on the UCLA Lewis Center’s collaboration with RSA, please go to: http://lewis.ucla.edu/content/rsa