Hungarian Regional Science Association (HRSA)

7621 Pécs, Papnövelde u. 22.
H-7601 Pécs, P.O. Box 199.

IBAN: HU37 50800111-11090603-00000000

Tel: +36 (72) 523 800




Hungarian Regional Science Association 19th Annual Meeting

New forms of territorial disparities and transforming regional policy

Budapest, 4–5 November 2021

Corvinus University of Budapest


 For the complete program please visit the Hungarian site of the conference.

 PROGRAMME ♦ 4 November 2021 ♦ Central European Time ♦ 

9.00 General meeting (for HRSA members)

10.00 Annual meeting

Opening speech – Prof. Előd Takáts rector, Corvinus University of Budapest

10.10 Plenary session 1 (in Hungarian)

Imre Lengyel professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Szeged

Géza Salamin associate professor, Department of Geography, Geoeconomy and Sustainable Development, Corvinus University of Budapest; president, Hungarian Society for Urban Planning

Pál Szabó associate professor, Department of Regional Science, Eötvös Loránd University

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Parallel sessions (6 in Hungarian, 2 in English)

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Plenary session 2 (in English)

Petr Pavlínek professor, Charles University, Czechia; University of Nebraska, Omaha
The changing geography and spatial structure of the European automotive industry

17.00 Roundtable discussion on Cohesion Policy (in Hungarian)

18.30 Prize award ceremony

19.00 Reception


♦ PROGRAMME ♦ 5 November 2021 ♦ 

9.00 Parallel sessions (6 in Hungarian, 1 in English)

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Plenary session 3 (in Hungarian)

Sándor Kerekes professor emeritus, Corvinus University of Budapest

Györgyi Nyikos associate professor, Department of Public Finance, University of Public Service

Judit Berkes assistant professor, Széchenyi István University

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Parallel sessions (7 in Hungarian, 1 in English)


17 parallel sessions are organized in Hungarian, 2 parallel sessions are in English.


SESSION 1 Regional Economies in Change: Networks, Development and Resilience                      
Session organizers: Balázs Lengyel senior research fellow, KRTK ANET Lab & NeTI Lab of Corvinus University – Zsófia Vas associate professor, University of Szeged – Zoltán Elekes research fellow, KRTK ANET Lab & Umeå University

Session 1.1                                                                     Thursday (4 November), 13:00–15:30 CET

Chair: László Czaller junior research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab

Balázs Lengyel senior research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab & BCE NETI Lab
Co-worker networks and firm performance

Štefan Rehák associate professor, University of Economics in Bratislava
History of science in Europe 1970–2010. Does urban scaling law apply to university publications?

Miroslav Špurek PhD-student, University of Economics in Bratislava
Large-scale analysis of university patenting in the innovation activities of European regions

Gergely Tagai research fellow, KRTK RKI ATO
New (and old) disparities of European knowledge production: the case of research collaboration networks

László Czaller junior research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab
A theoretical foundation for the gravity model of research collaborations

Session 1.2                                                                           Friday (5 November), 9:00–12:00 CET

Chair: Zoltán Elekes research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab

Tim Gittins associate professor, Corvinus University Budapest
The response of Hungarian SMEs to the Covid-19 pandemic: a Resilience Adaption Model

Zita Iloskics junior lecturer, University of Pécs
Shock propagation channels behind the global economic contagion network. The role of economic sectors and the direction of trade

Erik Braun junior lecturer, University of Pécs
A measure of economic structural resilience

Zoltán Elekes research fellow – Gergő Tóth junior research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab
Robust networks make resilient regions

Zsuzsanna Zsibók research fellow, KRTK RKI DTO
High-pressure economy in the Hungarian regions before and after the pandemic crisis

Session 1.3                                                                          Friday (5 November), 15:00–18:00 CET

Chair: Balázs Lengyel senior research fellow, KRTK KTI ANET Lab & BCE NETI Lab

Norbert Szabó junior lecturer, University of Pécs
The economic impact assessment of entrepreneurial ideas in the Smart Specialisation Policy: illustrative policy simulations in Baranya county

Balázs Páger research fellow, KRTK RKI DTO
Regional variation of the entrepreneurial activities: the role of the entrepreneurial ecosystem

Ádám Kovács research assistant, KRTK KTI ANET Lab
Spatially concentrated social capital of urban residents

Virág Ilyés research fellow, KRTK ANET Lab & BCE NETI Lab
How to enter high-opportunity places? The role of Social Contacts in Residential Mobility

Sándor Juhász research fellow, BCE NETI Lab
Creation and persistence of business transaction ties: The role of business and ownership connections


SESSION 2 Territorial disparities and regional policy       Thursday (4 November), 13:00–15:30 CET
Chair: Gábor Lux senior research fellow, CERS Institute for Regional Studies

Feyrouz Ahlam Saidi PhD student, University of Debrecen, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development
Territorial disparities and regional policy in Algeria

Muthama Wencelaus Musyoka PhD student, University of Pécs, Doctoral School in Regional Policy and Economics
Fiscal decentralization continuum and their impact on subnational government performance: Lessons from Kenya and Hungary

Isaiah Juma Maket PhD student, University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Reverse causal nexus between pro-poor policies and income inequality in Kenya.

Petra Szávics PhD student, Babeș-Bolyai University – József Benedek professor, Babeș-Bolyai University
From bottom-up planning to the use of funds. RIS3 implementation in Romanian less developed regions in light of regional disparities

Balázs István Tóth associate professor, director, University of Sopron, Lamfalussy Research Centre
A mission not impossible: Reducing regional disparities by improving territorial capital. The case of Central Europe

Aida Musaeva PhD Candidate, University of Pécs, Doctoral School in Regional Policy and Economics
Is Korean-led Saemaul Undong a Local Economic Development model for Kyrgyzstan?



Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem
(1093 Budapest, Közraktár u. 4.)

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION (sessions in English)

Deadline: 10 October 2021

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted by e-mail to the convenors of the sessions. Presentations of 20 minutes are welcomed.


REGISTRATION  Registration website

Registration period (online): From 15 September to 10 October 2021.

Participation fee includes up to 2 presentations. Payment is required after abstract acceptance and registration.


REGISTRATION FEES (for non-domestic participants and organisations)

90 EUR for Non-members of RSAI/ERSA

70 EUR for RSAI/ERSA members

50 EUR for Accompanying persons / Attendee without presentation



In thematic Issue 3, 2022 of DETUROPE (Scopus) after double-blind peer-review process or in Issue 4, 2022 of Tér-Gazdaság-Ember. Details in Hungarian website



IIPRS Department of Geography, Geoeconomy and Sustainable Development Corvinus University of Budapest



Szilárd Rácz, HRSA secretary


We reserve the right to change the program (depending on the epidemic situation).


We are looking forward to meeting you at the Annual Conference of HRSA in Budapest.

Kind regards,
Zoltán Gál, President of HRSA

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