The 9th REDETE Conference 2022, named “Present and future challenges in regional development in the Adriatic-Ionian Region” will take place on September 15-16, 2022 in Ancona (Italy), within the framework of the AII Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by the Marche Polytechnic University in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka and the AII Permanent Secretariat.

REDETE (Researching Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) is a professional network of academics, businesspersons and professionals in the Western Balkan region producing, in cooperation with many other international institutions, applied research on the impacts of globalisation and European integration on local Balkan communities. Among others, its professional activities contribute to the reconciliation of ethnic and religious communities of the region following the conflicts of the 1990s. REDETE provides synergies between the local government, graduate students and SMEs. In this respect, it acts as a catalyst between the public and the private sectors of the economy by way of developing synergies between them and the higher education sector. REDETE's annual conference, founded in 2011 with the aim to (re)launch debates and scholarly research on issues concerning economic development in transition countries, has now moved onto a more complex and rewarding role, benefitting local communities, government, business, students and academics.

The 9th REDETE Conference

The Western Balkan region is part of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) launched in 2014, a long-term strategic policy framework aiming to promote economic and social prosperity in the region by improving its attractiveness, competitiveness, and connectivity. The Region is facing unprecedented challenges, from the post-pandemic recovery to the green and digital revolutions, which are increasing disparities between central and peripheral regions and between urban and inland areas. After eight years of implementation, it is time for a first evaluation of EUSAIR results and for proposing new development trajectories for the Adriatic-Ionian Regions and its inner areas.

The aim of the 9th REDETE Conference is to encourage researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to contribute to our understanding of the challenges faced by countries and regions to promote economic development and regional integration.

Topics of interest include:

Entrepreneurship and innovation: new firm formation and firm dynamics; university-industry collaboration; academic entrepreneurship; innovation in transition economies; entrepreneurial and SMEs financing.

Regional development: clustering and networking; interfirm relations; regional innovation ecosystems; foreign direct investments; role of banks and financial markets; role of infrastructure.

Cohesion policy and European identity: population dynamics; social policy, poverty, and exclusion; legal systems, corruption, and inequality; EU cohesion policy.

The political economy of ethnic reconciliation in the Western Balkans: public policy and welfare state regimes in the region; building a multi-faith society across borders; integration and social tolerance; sustainable economic development and public policy models.

Migration: migrant and refugee crises; migrant socio-economic integration; brain drain; remittances; return migration; migrant entrepreneurship; migration policies.

Please find here the Agenda of the event.

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