One of the largest international networks focused on regional development has a strong voice for rural development and early career researchers in the appointment of Dr. Gibson to the Regional Studies Association. Based in Brighton, United Kingdom, the Regional Studies Association works with its international membership to facilitate the highest standards of theoretical development, empirical analysis and policy debate of issues at this sub-national scale, incorporating both the urban and rural and different conceptions of space such as city-regions and interstitial spaces. We are, for example, interested in  issues of economic development and growth, conceptions of territory and its governance and in thorny problems of equity and injustice.

Dr. Gibson has been appointed to the Regional Studies Association’s Board of Directors to provide insights for early career researchers. Dr. Gibson has been a member of the Regional Studies Association since 2010 and has participated in a number of their conferences and workshops. Further information about the Regional Studies Association can be found at To view the entire list of Regional Studies Association board members visit: