Sustainability, Water and Territory : Regional Strategies for the Challenges of the 21st Century

The Spanish and Castilian-La Mancha Associations of Regional Science cordially invite you to participate in the XLVIII International Conference on Regional Science, which will be held from the 16th to the 18th of October 2024 at the Campus of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca.

As with previous editions, the International Conference on Regional Science is a multidisciplinary forum that offers an overview of regional science and territorial analysis as a starting point. It is the main annual event in Spain for the study, debate, and presentation of academic papers on territorial and regional concepts.

For the XLVIII edition we have chosen the slogan: “Sustainability, water and territory: regional strategies for the challenges of the 21st century”, which reflects the importance of addressing, in a comprehensive and participatory manner, the environmental, social, and economic problems that affect the regions in a context of climate change and growing demand for water resources. Environmental sustainability and water scarcity are global challenges that require local solutions. From a regional perspective, these issues can be tackled through analysis, planning, management, and cooperation. Analysis entails gathering data and information and studying specific processes related to sustainability. Planning involves designing strategies and policies that promote the efficient and responsible use of natural resources, protect biodiversity, and adapt to climate change. Management involves controlling and regulating human activities that impact the environment and water, as well as implementing measures for prevention, mitigation, and restoration. Cooperation involves promoting participation and dialogue among different actors and interests in different territories, as well as seeking agreements and alliances that promote sustainable development and community resilience.

We aim for the XLVIII edition to serve as a forum for discussing the role of regions, cities, and rural areas in addressing the multidimensional challenge of sustainability and water management. This discussion will take a multidisciplinary approach, covering economic, social, political, technological, and cultural dimensions of the issue.

We encourage your participation in the XLVIII Meeting of Regional Studies and hope you enjoy the beautiful city of Cuenca. Its old town has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and offers a unique experience that combines history, art, and nature.

Please join us.

Organising Committee of the XLVIII International Conference on Regional Science, Cuenca 2024


The deadline for proposals for Special Sessions is open until May 15


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Call for full papers or extended abstracts


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Welcome to the XLVIII Regional Studies Meeting


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