Hungarian Regional Science Association (HRSA)

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Hungarian Regional Science Association 14th Annual Meeting

The Role of Small and Medium Sized Cities in Regional Development

Oradea, 15–16 September 2016

Partium Christian University


Report: On September 15-16, 2016 the 14th Annual Conference of the HRSA was held in Partium Christian University, Oradea (Romania) with the focus on The Role of Small and Medium Sized Cities in Regional Development. 135 participants attended the conference, among others 10 experts from abroad and 45 PhD students. On the first day two plenary sessions were organized: one in Hungarian and one in English, with international speakers: Manfred Kühn (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space) and Nataša Pichler-Milanović (University of Ljubljana). The second day of the conference 12 parallel sessions (one in English) hosted 90 presentations with the participation of several invited speakers. The traditional 'Young Regional Scientist' prize and 'Pro Regional Science Award' were delivered. 



10.00 General meeting (for HRSA members)

10.00 Book presentations (in Hungarian)

13.00 Annual meeting
Welcome speech  Pálfi József Rector, Partium Christian University



Manfred Kühn Senior Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space
Small and Medium Sized Cities – Driving Forces of Peripheralisation

Nataša  Pichler-Milanović Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana
Multiple Perspectives on Small and Medium Size Towns in (Central) Europe: A Cross Border Exporation

Zoltán Pogátsa Associate Professor, University of West Hungary
Place Based Development? The Political Economy of EU Cohesion Policy

Mihály Lados Senior Research Fellow, HAS CERS Institute for Regional Studies
Smart City Model in Small and Medium Sized Cities



János Rechnitzer Professor, President of HRSA
Transition of Hungarian Urban System, the Role of Small and Medium Sized Cities

Áron Kincses Deputy Head of Department, Hungarian Central Statistical Office
Migration, Settlement Networks in the Carpathian Basin

Edit Somlyódyné Pfeil Associate Professor, Széchenyi István University
The Possibility of Effective Urban Government Between the EU Expectations and the New Strategic Directions of Development of Public Service

Ferenc Szilágyi Associate Professor, Partium Christian University
Urban Development of Partium and Cross-Border Urban Connections


18.00 Excellent Young Regionalist Prize

18.15 Pro Regional Science Award

18.30 Partium Evening

20.00 Reception





9.00–13.00 Parallel sessions

Session 1-11 are organized in Hungarian, session 12 is in English.

1     Theoretical and Methodological Questions of Urban Analysis
       Tamás Dusek Professor, Széchenyi István University

2     Regional Innovation Systems
       Attila Varga Professor, University of Pécs

3     Urban Development, Planning and Management, Public Services
László Faragó Professor, Senior Research Fellow, HAS Institute for Regional Studies

4     Urban Ecology, Climate Change, Smart and Sustainable Cities
       Imre Nagy Professor, University of Novi Sad
       Richárd Ongjerth Managing Director, Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre

5     Regional processes in the Partium
       Ferenc Szilágyi Associate Professor, Partium Christian University

6     Urban–Rural Relations
       János Schwertner President, Academic Society for the Development of the Micro-regions

7     Urban Sociology, Local Community, Territorial and Social Capital
Zoltán Csizmadia Associate Professor, Széchenyi István University

8     Small Cities and Declaration of New Towns
András Trócsányi Associate Professor, University of Pécs

9     Cities, Spatial Structures, Networks
György Csomós Professor, University of Debrecen

10    City Marketing, Culture, Tourism, Hungaricums
Gábor Kozma Associate Professor, University of Debrecen

11    Borders and Cities
Tamás Fleischer Senior Research Fellow, HAS Institute of World Economics

Session in English

12   The Role of Small and Medium Sized Cities in Regional Development
       Chair: Attila Korompai associate professor, Corvinus University of Budapest


Presentations and photo albums are available on the Hungarian website of the conference.


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