The conference will address the following key topics:

    • Drivers of marginalization and challenges in border and peripheral areas
    • Opportunities and challenges in regions with specific geographical features (mountain and coastline areas, sparsely populated and isolated areas, areas in transformation or decline etc.)
    • Sustainable mountain development
    • Exclusion, marginalization and peripheralization in urban areas
    • Social inequalities and marginalization
    • Globalization and its impact on local and regional development
    • Interdisciplinarity in regional development
    • Local and regional responses to marginalization and territorial disparities
    • Best practices in regional governance

In order to be accepted and included in the Conference Programme, each submission must meet the following conditions:

1. the content of the submitted paper must be in line with the conference theme and key topics;
2. the abstract must be:
     – accurate (contains only information included in the paper to be presented)
     – logically structured (summarizes the research purpose, materials and methods, results and conclusions)
     – concise (one paragraph of no more than 300-400 words)
     – clear (does not contain jargon, colloquialisms or acronyms that are not explained)
     – it must not contain figures and references
3. it complies with the principles of research integrity as stated in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity;
4. the online registration form is submitted within the registration period;
5. the conference registration fee is paid by 15 June 2021.

At least one of the paper authors should both register and attend the conference to give a presentation of its contents.

Types of presentations
The Organisers welcome proposals for any of the following types of presentations, which should not exceed 10 to 20 minutes in length:
     1. paper presentation supported by PowerPoint slides;
     2. poster-type presentation.

After the conference, authors are invited to submit their full papers typewritten entirely in English, until 1 October 2021, at the following e-mail address:

The conference papers submitted for publication will undergo an anonymous peer review procedure and will be selected to be published in:
     1. Perspectives on Geographical Marginality – the book series edited by the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) commission on Globalization, Marginalization, and Regional and Local Responses (C16.29)
     2. Romanian Review of Regional Studies – the journal of the Centre for Regional Geography

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