Special Sessions at RSAI-BIS 2022 SS1: Regional science insights from smart metering data Smart meter roll-out continues at pace across residential dwellings and commercial properties in Britain and Ireland. Energy suppliers are seeking to meet ambitious installation targets for gas and electricity smart meters, whilst many water suppliers have accelerated replacement of traditional meters with smart technology. Across all sectors, smart meters collect consumption data at high temporal resolution and feed this back to suppliers and infrastructure operators in near real-time. Whilst the benefits are clear for consumers (in the form of more accurate billing and energy/water conservation incentives), there are also considerable benefits for utility providers in better managing the supply network (e.g. by predicting demand and, in the case of the water sector, detecting leakage). This special session seeks to uncover additional potential benefits that can be realised from these data - specifically considering applications that go beyond routine customer billing, energy/water saving initiatives or everyday management of the supply network. Submissions are invited reporting on work which considers wider re-use of high temporal resolution data obtained via utilities smart metering within any application of regional science. These could include, but are in no way limited to: - Identification of household behaviours/characteristics from these sources - Classification of households and/or businesses based on revealed consumption patterns - Regional differences in consumption and inferred behaviours - Privacy and/or ethical considerations - Linkage of high temporal resolution smart metering data with other datasets - Spatial or statistical methods for analysis of these data in these contexts. Work at any stage of progress is welcome, which may be based on large datasets or smaller scale exemplar data and related to households, businesses or other units of analysis.
SS2: New developments in regional resilience This special session will showcase research that explores new theoretical directions and new empirical results on the topic of regional resilience.
SS3: Barriers to digital innovation This special session focuses on the barriers to digital innovation and adoption of technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and opportunities for overcoming these barriers. While digital innovations have the potential to impact throughout entire value chains, the realisation of their potential is conditional on the capacity of businesses and individuals to adopt and implement these in their processes. Barriers to the adoption include individual human capital (e.g. digital skills, knowledge), firm characteristics (e.g. economies of scale), and social capital (e.g. knowledge in the network). The recent literature hints at a negative relationship between the possibilities of implementing new knowledge and the distance from a knowledge center. This means that these barriers to implementation can correspond closely with existing geographies of innovation and economic growth and have the potential to reproduce and reinforce regional economic hierarchies. This session aims to explore the geographies of digital innovation and adoption through the lens of entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and connect these to broader theories of innovation.