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Call for Papers︱The 9th International Workshop on Regional, Urban, and Spatial Economics in China

Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM) at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics  (SWUFE), together with Journal of Regional Science, Growth and Change, Urban Governance, and Journal of Rural Studies, invites submission of papers to the 9th International Workshop on Regional, Urban and Spatial Economics in China at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China during June 10-11, 2022.

Paper Submission

Following the tradition of previous highly successful workshops to date, we aim to attract high-quality research papers, further increase the academic visibility of regional, urban, and spatial issues in China, and reinforce the research network for top level China-focused scholars. We welcome submissions on the following themes:

→Agglomeration and new economic geography;

→Cities in developing countries

→Firm and household location decisions;

→Housing issues: supply, demand, prices, affordability and policies;

→Regional growth and development;

→Transportation and its economic impacts

→Urban and rural resilience;

→Urban governance and its optimization;

→Urban growth, dynamics and transformation;

→Urban network and spatial interdependencies;

→Urban policy and its assessment;

→Urbanization and migration;

→Other topics on regional, urban and spatial issues in China.

Please submit a paper or an extended abstract (200-500 words, identifying the research question clearly and presenting basic results) to, stating “Paper submission for RUSE2022” in the subject headline of the email. Submissions with a full paper are preferred. If there are two or more authors, please identify who will attend the workshop and present the paper. To encourage research on the Chinese economy,RUSE 2022 accepts both Chinese and English papers (欢迎中文和英文文章投稿).

Keynote Speakers

To be announced.

Format of the Workshop

For participants who could travel to China and join the workshop in person, we would invite them for on-site presentations. For participants who could not join the workshop in person due to the pandemic situation, we would host online presentations.

Presenters will be requested to serve as discussants and provide comments to at least one paper. All papers are equally important, so participants are expected to attend on both days.

Key Dates

The Submission deadline is April 25, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 2, 2022. The workshop will take place during June 10-11, 2022.


No registration fee is needed for attending the workshop. Participants are responsible for their own cost of accommodation and transportation.

Local Organizers

Department of Applied Economics, RIEM, SWUFE.

Research Base of New Urbanization and Sustainable Development, SWUFE.


Journal of Regional Science

Growth and Change

Urban Governance

Journal of Rural Studies

Editors or editorial board members from the above journals will attend the workshop.

Local Organization Committee

Han Li, Professor

Dayong Zhang, Professor

Wei Xiao, Associate Professor,


Jiasha Fu, Associate Professor,


Naibao Zhao, Associate Professor,


For further inquiries, please contact the local organization committee members or Ms.Huazhu Zhu (Email:, Phone: 13595555720).

Scientific Committee

Chen, Anping, Jinan University, China.

Chen, Jie, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Chen, Zhao, Fudan University, China.

Fu, Jiasha, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

Fu, Shihe, Xiamen University, China.

Gan, Li, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

He, Canfei, Peking University, China (Editor of Growth and Change).

Hua, Yue, Hunan University, China.

Li, Han, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China .

Li, Yuheng, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Associate Editor of Journal of Rural Studies).

Partridge, Mark, Ohio State University, USA.

Van Dijk, Jouke, Groningen University, Netherlands

Xiao, Wei,Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

Zhang, Dayong, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

Zhao, Kent, Xiamen University, China.

Zhao, Naibao, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

Zheng, Siqi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (Editor of Journal of Regional Science).

Previous Workshops

2012, Jinan University, Guangzhou

2013, Peking University, Beijing

2014, Fudan University, Shanghai

2015, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2016, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu

2017, Xiamen University, Xiamen

2018, Hunan University, Changsha

2019, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

Further Information

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is a top university specializing in finance, economics, and business. The university traces its origin back to 1925 when a group of students and academics from St. John's University in Shanghai left the school and founded Kwang Hua University (Guanghua University). After 1952, the university became a public school and was renamed and restructured several times until it received its current name, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), in 1985. As one of the most elite universities in China, SWUFE became a Project 211 University in 1997, was listed as 985 Innovative Platform for Key Disciplines Project University in 2011 and was named "double first-class" in 2017 and 2022. In the field of economics, SWUFE is consistently ranked among the top ten in China, according to various domestic and international rankings.

Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM) at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, established in 2006 as a pioneer to promote training and research in modern economics and business, enjoys a national and international reputation for its high-quality academic programs and research. RIEM currently consists of three departments: Department of Applied Economics, Department of Finance and Accounting, and Department of Management. RIEM also houses the Survey and Research Center for China Household Finance. The center's China Household Finance Survey (CHFS) is one of the largest nationally and provincially representative surveys, covering more than 40,000 households in China's 29 provinces.

Department of Applied Economics at RIEM was founded in September 2021 with the goal of building a top center for talent training, academic research, and policy consultation in the discipline of economics. Currently, the department consists of 24 faculty members who obtained Ph.D. degrees from world-renowned universities. The department's research fields include urban and regional economics, labor economics, environmental economics, public finance, industrial economics, macroeconomics, and economic theory.

Research Base of New Urbanization and Sustainable Development is a research platform of Southwest University of Finance and economics. The research base focuses on significant issues in China's urbanization and is committed to carrying out research with theoretical value and policy significance from the general theory of regional and urban economics.



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