The Western Regional Science Association
Golden Anniversary, 1961-2011

WRSA Logo   "The way academic life should be." 

NOTE (5/5/11):  WRSA's Website and Headquarters are on the move...  to Brown University. 
At the Monterey 50th Annual Meeting, Rachel Franklin was appointed as our incoming Executive Director.
We will leave our old University of Arizona-based website up for a little while for archival purposes,
but all updates (including some just-posted photos from Monterey!) appear on our new site. 
Mahalo and aloha.  --Dave

Click here to go to our new, improved official site!

New (4/29/11) CALL FOR PAPERS, 51st Annual Meeting, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 8-11, 2012

Founded in 1961, the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) is an international multidisciplinary group of university scholars and government and private-sector practitioners dedicated to the scientific analysis of regions.  WRSA is known around the world for the quality of its signature "seminar-style" invited paper sessions.  Full papers (not just abstracts) must be submitted by our traditional October 15 deadline (draft version okay at this stage, with conference version due no later than December 31).  At the conference, each paper is allocated 45 full minutes of Program time -- inclusive of the remarks of an assigned discussant and open discussion with session attendees.  All paper presenters can expect to be assigned discussant and/or chair duties.

WRSA Annual Meeting paper sessions are organized on topics such as: Resource Utilization, Impact Analysis, Regional Modeling, Location of Economic Activity, Regional and Urban Planning, Environmental Quality, Regional Development Issues, Interregional Migration, Transportation Problems, Locational Criteria for Public Services and Facilities, Housing -- Financing and Renewal, Tourism and Recreation, and Energy Issues. 

WRSA's Annual Meetings are held in February in some of the most spectacular locations in western North America.  Click on the Annual Meeting links for information about our upcoming conference or to view the Final Programs of recent previous conferences:

2012 Sheraton Kauai, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, (February 8-11, 2012) 
2011 Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, California (February 27 - March 2, 2011)
2010 Hilton Sedona, Sedona, Arizona (February 21-24, 2010)
2009 Silverado, Napa, California
2008 Hilton Waikoloa, The Big Island of Hawaii
2007 Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach, California
2006 La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005 Hyatt-Regency Islandia, San Diego, California
2004 Wailea Marriott, Maui, Hawaii

2003 Rio Rico, Arizona
2002 Hyatt-Regency Monterey, Monterey, California
2001 Riviera, Palm Springs, California
2000 Sheraton Kauai, Poipu, Hawaii
1999 Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, California

1998 Hyatt-Regency Monterey, Monterey, California
1997 Royal Waikoloan, Hawaii

Our recent Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting, February 27 - March 2, 2011, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

Monterey Plaza Hotel  
   Photo Album (Coming Soon)!

   2011 Conference Program 
   Monterey Plaza Hotel Website

   Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau Website

The Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science


WRSA board and officers

WRSA history and photos

 Paelinck "March of the WRSA"


Upcoming and recent regional science conference



Dues are now being collected for memberships in the Association.  For their annual dues, WRSA members receive:

Joining is easy!  Payments are being collected this year through the convenient, on-line E-payment facilities of the North American Regional Science Council's website.  Click here for directions and to go to the NARSC site to join!  The procedure is simple, and regular membership costs $95 US.  The special reduced rate for student members is $50 US.   NOTE: All persons whose names will appear on the Program of the 50th Annual Meeting in Monterey must be dues-paid 2011 WRSA members; please use the NARSC website to pay the combined Preregistration and Dues Fee

Address Changes: Members are requested to report address changes via email to:

WRSA in the international regional science community...

The Western Regional Science Association is a founding member of both the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization (PRSCO) and the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). These two organizations are nonmembership, operational arms of the umbrella, worldwide scholarly membership group: the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).


PRSCO sponsors the biannual Pacific Conferences of the RSAI in odd-numbered years and a PRSCO Institute (a smaller, more focused seminar-style gathering) in even-numbered years.  NARSC sponsors the annual North American Meetings of the RSAI.

As a member organization, WRSA periodically serves as host of both the Pacific Conferences and North American Meetings of the RSAI.  WRSA hosted the 17th Pacific Conference, RSCO17, in Portland, Oregon in 2001 the  45th N. American Meetings of the RSAI, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1998 and the 56th North American Meetings of the RSAI in San Francisco, November 18-21, 2009.  

For further information about WRSA, please contact:

WRSA Logo  Dr. Rachel S. Franklin, Executive Director, WRSA
Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences / Box 1916, 112 George Street
  Brown University  /  Providence, Rhode Island 02912
  Phone: 401-863-1064  /  Fax:  401-863-3213

  E-mail:  or

Last Updated: 5/5/11