Call for Papers and Tracks


Due to COVID restrictions, the Rethinking cluster conference, will be held in dual modality (online and offline).

Interested contributors are invited to send an extended abstract or a full paper to the email address by June30th, 2022.

Extended abstracts should contain a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2500 words. Extended abstracts can contain figures, tables and/or images which are not included in the word count.

Full papers (optional) should not exceed 8000 words, inclusive of the abstract (maximum 150 words), tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Full papers could be circulated among participants and shoul be submitted before September.

We welcome contributions that are related, but not limited, to the following themes:

  • Smart cities: between digital technologies and social inclusiveness
  • The competitiveness of industrial districts, clusters, regions, and ecosystems
  • Resilience and the sustainability of places in time of uncertainty
  • Artificial intelligence, big data, block-chain, and places
  • Place sensitive industrial policies and value creation
  • The local/global dimension of multiple innovation networks
  • The role of territory in platform economy
  • The role of culture and creativity in evolutionary trajectories of places
  • The circular economy in cities and regions

Special sessions:

Members of the community that are willing to organize a Special Session within the workshop are kindly invited to send an email to before the 14th of May, including a description of the contents of the session and a list of the participants.


We encourage submissions from scholars, practitioners, innovators and leaders who are forging ahead with strategies to shift towards sustainability and technological change. We welcome contributions that develop innovative approaches in concepts, theory, methods or analysis and have deep or broad implications to inform place sensitive strategies for sustainable and technological transitions in a network society.

The conference will be held in afternoons in Japanese time and during mornings in European time.