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Regional and rural development trends over the last forty years – RKK40

International conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of RKK (Institute for Regional Studies)

Organised by HUN-REN KRTK Institute for Regional Studies

The Institute for Regional Studies was established in 1984 as a network-based research institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) with the task of carrying out multi-disciplinary research on urban and regional issues. The turbulence times of the past 40 years (systemic changes in CEE, EU accessions, financial crisis, Covid-19, environmental challenges) has offered the Institute a wide range of research objectives to answer in urban and regional development studies.

The conference focuses on the current challenges in urban and regional development with a retrospective hint.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Tibor Navracsics (Minister for Public Administration and Regional Development), Roland Jakab (HUN-REN) Prof. Dr. Franziska Sielker (TU Vienna and Affiliated Professor at University of Cambridge), Prof. Dr. James W. Scott (University of Eastern Finland), Prof. Dr. József Benedek (Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca)


Conference date: 29-30 May 2024

Conference venue: Pécs (Hungary)

Important dates:

Extended deadline: 3rd of March, 2024

– Proposals for section organisation: continuous until the 31st of January 2024 through the email address of the conference, 

– Abstract submission: until the 15th of February 2024 3rd of March, 2024

– Notification of abstract acceptance: continuous until the 5th of March 2024

– Conference fee payment: until the 17th of March

Registration with abstract submission: registration form is accessible here.


Proposed Special Sessions so far: 

SS1: Subnational diplomacy_Special Session

SS2: Social and Political Trust_Special Session

SS3: Agriculture’s Role_Special Session

SS4: Circular Economy and Bioeconomy From a Territorial Perspective, P2GreeN Special Session 

SS5: DaWetRest Special Session

SS6: Cultural and Creative industry in the development of
regional centres

SS7: Initiating a change in perspective with images
of the future & visions

SS8: Call for Papers rural agritourism session on RKK 40 conference

Scientific committee: Prof. Dr. James W. Scott, Prof. Dr. Ilona Pálné Kovács, Dr. Viktor Varjú

Organising committee: Dr. Katalin Süle, Dr. Réka Horeczki, Tamás Szabó, Dr. Zsuzsanna Zsibók



The conference is partly supported by the Regional Studies Association.

Conference fee: 42 000 HUF or 125 EUR
One-day fee: 25 000 HUF or 65 EUR

Please see the RKK40 payment instructions and fill out the RKK40 payment form.

Contact and information: 

How to get to Pécs and other useful travel information are in this flyer

How to get to the venue.

Also interested in the Hungarian-language Falukonferencia on the 28th of May, 2024? The reduced fee for the two conferences together is only 55 000 HUF.  

Publishing opportunities

The following partner journals invite submission of conference participants’ full papers for publication:

– Regional and Business Studies (Category “C” at the Regional Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


Modern Geográfia (Category “A” at the Demography Scientific Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, MTA IX. Department)

– Tér-Gazdaság-Ember (MTA RTB ’B’ category)

– Turisztikai és Vidékfejlesztési Tanulmányok (MTA RTB ‘C’, MTA X. Department, category ‘A’)