The Romanian Regional Science Association (RRSA) was set up in 2001 as a result of the initiative of Professor Daniela L. Constantin, supported by a group of colleagues, mainly from the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest. Since 2002 it has become one of the national sections of the European Regional Science Association, the ERSA Council approving Romania’s application on the occasion of the ERSA Congress in Dortmund.

At present the association counts more than 90 dedicated members (economists, sociologists, geographers, architects, engineers, mathematicians), with a mature and deep interest in regional science as well as in the association’s activities. Many of them come from universities and research institutes but individuals from ministries, regional development agencies, NGOs, consultancy firms, etc. are also active members of the RRSA. The association has constantly expanded its geographical coverage, so that it displays a well-balanced regional distribution: all eight Romanian development regions and all big cities, with important university and research centres are represented in the RRSA. All members of the RRSA are individual members of Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

The members of the RRSA have a rich scientific activity materialised in a big number of research projects, books, articles, papers presented at national and international meetings. The association itself has published impressive volumes of proceedings of its conferences while the host universities dedicated special issues of their journals to the papers presented at these conferences. Following an initiative launched at a round table at the end of 2006, the RRSA has prepared a database with contact information about its members, grouped in accordance with their specific fields of scientific interest, in order to facilitate their participation in national and international projects. The RRSA has a good co-operation with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, with Regional Development Agencies and other institutions interested in a productive dialogue with the Romanian Regional Science Association.

One of the most important accomplishments of the RRSA is the Romanian Journal of Regional Science, which was launched in December 2007. The journal is indexed in RePEc-IDEAS, EBSCO, Cabell’s and DOAJ databases and has attracted a lot of interest and support from the international regional science community.

CONTACT ADDRESS: romanian_rsa@yahoo.com

RRSA representatives: 
Daniela L. Constantin – President and member in the ERSA Council (danielaconstantin_2005@yahoo.com, Mobile: +4/0723-184-807)
Romeo V. Ionescu – Prime-Vice-president (ionescu_v_romeo@yahoo.com, Mobile: +4/0744-553-161)
Dorin Jula (dorinjula@yahoo.fr, Mobile: +4/0771-231-081) and Erika Marin (erika_tusa@yahoo.com, Mobile.: +4/0723-625-658) - Vice-presidents
Amalia Cristescu (cristescuamalia@gmail.com, Mobile:+4/0726-029-468) – Secretary General and Treasurer