Throughout 2022, the RSA in partnership with Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Research Centre Global Dynamics at Leipzig University and Saxon Academy of Sciences is organising a themed series of events focussing on Central and Eastern Europe: An online discussion series, an online pre-conference early career programme and an in-person* international conference in Leipzig, Germany. The 2022 CEE Programme will highlight and discuss bridging old and new divides in CEE, provide knowledge exchange and capacity building and networking opportunities with researchers and policymakers working in the field.

The format of the 2022 conference (online, hybrid or in-person) will be decided on in the first half of 2022.

Key events and deadlines: Pre-conference online panel & discussion series (March – June 2022) A series of four monthly webinars taking place on every first Tuesday in March, April, May and June 2022, at 16:30 CEST/15:30 BST time. The sessions are linked to the four conference themes: (Alternative) economies; EU and regional policies; political geographies and re-thinking CEE; societies and culture.

Registration is free and open to all. Registration links for:

Early Career pre-conference event, online (03.05.2022) “It’s time to speak: how do early career researchers perceive old and new divides in Central and Eastern Europe?” – this ECR pre-conference event aims to kick-start discussions around the conference’s themes. We invite current PhD students and Early Career researchers to submit their application to attend. Places are limited to 25.


  • Submission of abstracts until 28th February 2022
  • Participant notification before 31st March 2022

Click here to apply with your abstract (up to 300 words) and short CV (max. 1 page): View the Call for abstracts for the Early Career pre-conference event:

Central and Eastern Europe conference, Leipzig, Germany (14.09. – 17.09.2022) The 2022 CEE programme will culminate in an international conference held in Leipzig in September 2022. The theme of the conference is “Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations”. We invite you to submit a proposal for a special session, or abstract to one of the four conference themes: (Alternative) economies; EU and regional policies; political geographies and re-thinking CEE; societies and culture.

Important deadlines: 

  • Special session submission deadline: 21st March 2022
  • Abstract submission deadline: 16th May 2022

Conference rates will be published soon and registration will open on 1st March 2022. Abstract submission is already available here:

Download the special session proposal template and view the Call for Abstracts:

Virtual Special Issue: As part of the 2022 Central and Eastern Europe programme, Taylor & Francis has compiled a virtual special issue to mark the occasion. The virtual special issue draws together papers published across the RSA’s journals Regional Studies, Spatial Economic Analysis, Territory, Politics, Governance, and Regional Studies, Regional Science. It highlights the wide range of novel research by RSA authors, and the growth of Central and Eastern Europe as a key region of present and future focus.

Link to Virtual Special Issue: