The Asian Seminar in Regional Science is organized by the Applied Regional Science Conference of Japan, the Regional Science Association of China, the Korean Regional Science Association and the Chinese Regional Science Association-Taiwan and other societies are co-sponsored and held annually in East Asian countries. Its purpose is to gather international scholars and experts in regional science and related fields to discuss relevant hot topics and personal research expertise.

The time and place of the previous sessions are as follows: The 1st Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held on September 11-12, 2010 at Peking University, China. The main participants were mostly scholars and experts from mainland China and Japan. The 2nd Asian Seminar in Regional Science was expanded to cover more than 100 scholars and experts from Taiwan, China, Japan, and South Korea. It was originally scheduled to be held in Sendai, Japan in September 2011. However, due to the 311 earthquake in Japan, Sendai became the hardest hit area. It was postponed to September 29-30, 2012, and was taken over by The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushin, Japan. The 3rd Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at National Dong Hwa University in Hualien, Taiwan on August 7-8, 2013. The 4th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea on August 5-6, 2014. The 5th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China on July 18-19, 2015. The 6th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan in 2016. The 7th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was organized by the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University on September 8-10, 2017. The 8th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at Jeju National University in South Korea on September 7-9, 2018. April 2019 On 20-21, The 9th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was held at Shanghai University, China on April 20-21, 2019. 2020, The 10th Asian Seminar in Regional Science was hosted by University of Tsukuba in Japan on October 9-11, 2020 as an online conference due to the epidemic. The previous conferences have been quite successful, and the number of scholars and experts and countries attending the conference has increased year by year. On October 8-10, 2021, the 11th Asian Seminar in Regional Science will be held again in Taiwan. It will be hosted by the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Information of Feng Chia University.

In recent years, globalization and interdisciplinary field of scholarly endeavor have become trends, making the promotion of international academic exchanges and cooperation activities increasingly important. Nevertheless, the changes brought upon the need for people from various fields that were not involved in Regional Science before, rendering the field truly multi-disciplinary. Initiated as a field of human geography, it winds up including people from varying disciplines such as engineering, planning, economy, geography and environmental studies. In a multidiscipline field such as Regional Science the exchange of ideas and research within the field is deemed to be necessary. It is this multi-disciplinary approach that helps to facilitate new theoretical insights for tackling regional problems. It fosters better codification of methods and exchange of frontier ideas. The combination of knowledge of an industry and knowledge of theory is inevitable if it is to establish credibility. For without it, efficient communication is restricted.


This joint seminar is set upon with the aim to provide an annual platform for exchanges and cooperation between scholars and experts in regional science and related fields in Asian countries and regions. It is hoped that the exchange will further stabilize and foster in the near future for the benefit of all regions. Therefore, the main purpose of holding this international academic seminar is as follows:

  • Promote research and academic exchanges among scholars and experts in regional science and related fields in Asian countries and regions,
  • Establish a formal cooperation and exchange channel between the regional scientific societies of Asian countries and regions,
  • Strengthen exchanges between regional scientific scholars and government decision-makers in Asian countries.

Topics of interest in this joint seminar on regional science include (but not limited to):
  • Spatial Economics
  • Economic Geography
  • Transportation Studies
  • Asian Regional and Urban Issues
  • Regional Development
  • Location of Economic Activities
  • Real Estate
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Environmental Studies
  • Local Public Finance
  • Migration and Demographic Analysis
  • Global Effects of Climate Change and International
  • Other Topics of Regional Science