In November 2022, a special symposium was conducted in Rome with the support of the Australian Catholic University. One outcome of this event was the successful submission of a funding bid to the Regional Studies Association (RSA) to establish a research network entitled Putting the ‘Just’ into Just Transitions for Cities and Regions in collaboration with key academics from the Australian Catholic University, University of South Australia, University of Ferrara, University of Florence, and the University of Birmingham. The network was created to develop scholarship and policy on just transitions in response to industrial, environmental, and technological change. Through a series of international workshops, the network proposes to disseminate new findings on diverse notions of justice for policy.
We are pleased to share that we have just completed the network’s inaugural activity – a special session entitled Just Transitions of Cities and Regions at the RSA Winter Conference in London in November 2023. The session was convened by Associate Professor Sally Weller, University of South Australia. Key highlights of the event are available here.
We are now gearing up for a research symposium entitled Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Marking 10 Years Since the End of Australian Car Manufacturing was Declared to be held at the Stretton Centre in Elizabeth, South Australia on 28 February 2024.
The symposium will bring together relevant stakeholders to discuss issues relating to the closure of the Australian automotive sector and findings from the Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded project, Future Work, Future Communities (FWFC), which aims to create a blueprint that supports companies and governments across Australia better manage structural economic change.
We look forward to sharing the outcome of the symposium in due course.
Over the next two years, planning is underway to hold a series of research symposia overseas and special sessions at forthcoming RSA conferences in Australia and Europe, so watch this space.
Symposia and Special Sessions