Applications

The conference on the topic “Institutions, Governance and Regional Development” will be organized by Caucasus Association of Regional Science and will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, from 5th to 6th of September 2019, at the Armenian State University of Economics.


This conference aims at providing a scientific platform for academics and young researchers interested in spatial economics and planning, regional and local development and related issues. That creates unique opportunity of networking and exchanging ideas on ongoing research in the field.

 

The conference includes but not limited following topics: Smart cities in the innovation age, Smart Cities: Governing, Modelling and Analysing the Transition, Urban and Regional Planning Models and GIS, Quality and Inequality in Urban and Regional Systems, Creative Capital, Information and Communication Technologies, and Economic Growth in Smart Cities, Modeling Regional Growth and Innovation, The Future of the New Urban World etc.

Abstract Submission Deadline is: 19th August 2019.

Abstract submission should include:

1) Title of the Paper

2) Author Information

3) Abstract Text (500 words limit) should include:

Objectives

Data/Methods

Results /Expected Results

4) Key words, 3-5.

The participation at the conference is FREE OF CHARGE.
 
The abstract and complete CV should be submitted electronically, as a Word File, to anahitharutyunian@gmail.com, indicating in the subject “Workshop Institutions, Governance and Regional Development, Yerevan - Application".


Notes:
Participants shall be master students, Ph.D. students, researchers or lecturers.

Here is the Facebook page of the Conference.

For attending the Conference as an audience, please book the ticket to
ensure availability of your seat:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/institutions-governance-and-regional-development-tickets-65413494523?fbclid=IwAR1fRbY6CtYmQu11rBwQb9XYTO7tNHIaz9xfB4avR2dUkeGh6n_0MtattW4.

 
 
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Keynote Speakers
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Peter Nijkamp

Vrije Universiteit,

The Netherlands

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Roberto Camagni

Politecnico di Milano,

Italy

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Tomaz Dentinho

University of Azores,

Portugal

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Dr. John Carruthers

George Washington University

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Karima Kourtit

Vrije Universiteit,

The Netherlands

Armenian State University of Economics

Armenia, 0025, Yerevan
Nalbandyan St., 128 Building

(Kentron adm. district)

 
 
Hotels

Ani Plaza Hotel - http://anihotel.com/ 

Best Western Congress Hotel - http://www.congresshotelyerevan.com/bestwestern/

Republic Hotel Yerevan - http://www.republicahotel.am/

Yerevan City

Yerevan is the capital of the Republic of Armenia, one of the three hubs of the South Caucasus and is home to over a million people - the largest Armenian community in the world. In Soviet years Yerevan underwent massive reconstruction, following Alexander Tamanyan's (the architect) new plans to make a perfect city - a Neo-Classical wide-avenues-based town resembling Paris, Vienna and Saint Petersburg.
Central Yerevan is a true jewel of early Soviet architecture. She is also home to some large scale Modern and Post-Modern marvels which are mostly the result of Soviet-Armenian architectural megalomania. In Soviet days Yerevan had already become known as the Pink City as much due to the color of the stone used for building as for the flamboyant spirit of her young population.

 

Get in

By plane
Zvartnots International Airport (IATA: EVN) is the main gate to Armenia. In 2006, a new terminal was opened, where most arrivals and departures are now based. It remains a smaller airport however, so navigating your way around is easy and fast. Free WiFi access is available in the departure terminal.
Numerous carriers fly to Yerevan aside from Armavia: AirFrance, Lufthansa, Iran Air, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and the like. Yerevan is connected to all major European and Middle Eastern cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, St Petersburg, Zurich, Minsk, Riga, Kiev, Istanbul, Dubai, Aleppo, Tehran, Beirut and so on. Air Arabia connects Yerevan to the Gulf states, Egypt and India via Sharjah. Armavia reopened the Route Yerevan - Tbilisi - Yerevan again, with two daily flights (July 2011)

Between the airport and the city
Zvartnots is only 14 km from Yerevan city center by road.
A public bus N107 is available during the day-time for about $0,7, which will take you to the Opera House in central Yerevan.
A taxi ride from the airport to the city will cost from AMD 4200 ($10) to the center, and up to 6700($16) for the most distant parts of the city. Some drivers may try to convince you to pay more, but don’t ever believe them, and telling them you will call the police (who will help you) should straighten out any opportunists. Almost 100% taxis are using a taxi meter (sheochik), so, the best if you have local currency with you to pay for the trip.
For your safety, use taxis that are official transporter of Zvartnots Airport - AeroTaxi. [3]. These cars are adapted for passengers' comfortable and safe journey, and in case of losing your baggage, you always know where to find it. Do not agree on a flat fee, but insist on the meter being used (and switched on), even with AeroTaxi. In this cars you'll also finde free wi-fi internet, and payment can be also done by POS terminals.
You can book a taxi on-line and be sure that your driver is waiting certainly for you. You can also book your taxi fare in advance of just appear to AeroTaxi's desk inside the airport, the taxis are just outside the door.

By train
An overnight train runs daily from Tbilisi in Georgia. After departing at 7PM the journey takes twelve hours, estimated arrival time in Yerevan is 7:18AM, however delays are common. Border formalities will be at 11PM, expect it to take some time. The wagons are the standard Soviet era hold-overs but the they're fairly comfortable. Bring your own food and water as there is no restaurant car onboard. Fares starts at 49 laris for second class.
Overnight trains in the winter depart at 20:20 or 22:00, you should check at the station which time is valid for any day. The journey takes approximately 11 hours. The cheapest seating place in "obschij vagon" is 22 lari, but you may find yourself being seated among hundreds of boxes of mandarins and other fruits, since this is one of the ways of moving goods to Armenia.
Notice that during the summer months this train runs from Batumi instead, arriving at 9:40PM in Tbilisi. It takes around 10 hours from there, border formalities are uncomfortably around 2 am. Visas can be bought at the border for 3000AMD or $10. Snacks/water "gifts" will be provided on the train.

By car
Options include arriving into Armenia via Georgia or Iran. A drive to Yerevan from Armenia-Iran border will take approximately 6 hours, and is a great way to explore Southern Armenia, cities like Meghri, Kapan, Goris, Sisian, etc.
Arriving from Georgia will allow you to drive trough Northern Armenia and driving to Yerevan will take 4-5 hours.
Highways are high standard, although sometimes can be narrow (1 line to each direction) due to mountainous terrain.

By bus
You can reach Yerevan by bus from Tbilisi, fare costs 15 lari ($10US) and takes about 12 hours. More expensive is to take a 30 lari ($20 US) marshutka/minibus but it’s much faster at about 5 hours. Sometimes you can take a shared car from Tbilisi as well. Again, a bit more expensive than minibus, but faster and more comfortable. Bus service to Yerevan also is available in Istanbul, or many of the cities on the Black Sea coast of Turkey en route to Yerevan, with a detour through Georgia. In Yerevan some of the bus lines from Turkey are: Karbut Tour: +374-10-54-26-97 and Oz Aybaki +374-10-56-50-03. Yerevan Central Bus Station: Armenia, Yerevan, Tsovakal Isakovi Ave., 6 Building, Tel: +374-10-565370

 

Get around

On foot
The center of Yerevan is very compact and easy to get around by foot. Watch your step, however, as construction sites, potholes and aggressive drivers abound. Make sure to be careful especially while crossing the street. In Yerevan, Armenia (and many other places I am sure) the drivers may tend to be very distracted when driving and don't pay attention to the road, especially to jaywalkers. Be aware, that there are recently introduced penalties for jaywalking and crossing the streets in non-designated areas, and once spotted by police, you will have to pay a fine of AMD 3000 ($9).

By metro
The metro system in Yerevan is quite reliable and relatively modern, having been built in the early 1980s. It is the quickest way around town, and at 100 dram (less than US$0.30), the cheapest aside from walking.
Today the metro operates as a single line, with a shuttle branch and covers 12km (7.5 miles), with trains running every five minutes from 6:30 a.m. till 11 p.m. Due to Yerevan's uneven landscape, the metro in some cases goes above ground. Continuing the tradition of all ex-Soviet underground systems, most of the stations are exquisitely decorated, often blending Armenian national motifs with late-Soviet architecture.

By minibus
More than a hundred minibus (marshrutka, pronounced mar-shroot-kah) routes exist that criss-cross the city and travel to the suburbs and beyond (such as to Georgia or Karabagh). At 100 dram (US$0.33) a ride in Yerevan, they are a bargain. The minibuses are often overcrowded, and you may find yourself standing, crouched without a seat during rush hour. The route number is displayed prominently in the window, along with Armenian text listing the major landmarks and streets of the route. The Opera (ՕՊԵՐԱ) is an easy Armenian word to recognize on these signs, and is the main crossing point of many of the lines. When you want to get off, you should say “kangnek” or “ijnokh ka” for the driver to hear, or else, just say “stop” in English. The numbers of the minibuses are written on the bus stations though and the webpage of the tourist information has the whole list with destinations. Pay when leaving a minibus.

By bus or trolleybus
Yerevan has lots of buses and a few trolley lines , operated by "Yergortrans." The fare is very inexpensive (100 dram for busses, nearly $0.25 and 50 dram for trolleys ) and the vehicles are not too crowded. Pay when leaving a bus or trolley.

By taxi
Abundant throughout the city, a taxi ride anywhere downtown should not cost more than 1000 dram (US$3). Almost all taxis with company names on the sides have meters, and prices tend to be competitive among taxi companies. To flag an empty one down on the street, just hold your arm out and pat your hand in the air, if they’re free they’ll stop. Taxis without a logo on the side tend to charge more, and may to try to get more out of foreigners. To avoid being ripped off, either call a taxi from a big company or head for the most modern looking ones which usually have a meter. Make sure that the driver switches it on when you start and politely remind him to do so if he has "forgotten" it. If taxi has meter and the driver hasn't turned it on, in most cases passenger can not pay for the trip. Carry some coins to prevent the drivers from telling you that they have no change on them. Standard price is a minimum of 500-600 Dram for the first 5 km and than 100 Dram for every further km. A car and driver can easily be rented for day trip outside of Yerevan, for as little as $20 plus gas. Beware of moonlighting "taxi" drivers at the airport who will try to charge you ridiculous amounts (20,000 dram or more) to get to the city. Finally never ever believe any taxidriver who wants to convince you that there is no bus or minivan to the destination you are heading to.

 
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Anahit Harutyunyan

 

PhD candidate, National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia

Executive Director of Caucasus Association of Regional Science of Yerevan, Armenia

E-mail: anahitharutyunian@gmail.com

 
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