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REDLAS 2019 Conference in Bogotá. November 7th and 8th, 2019

This year the conference venue is Universidad Ean, Calle 79 #11-45, Bogota, Colombia. In the neighborhood you will find malls, restaurants and a vibrant night life, all in a walking distance area.


REDLAS (The Latin American Network for Research on Services – RED LAtinoamericana de Investigación en Servicios) is a network of research groups and individuals active in services research and policy formulation, mainly located in Latin America and Caribbean. REDLAS members come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds: economics, management sciences, geography, sociology, psychology, political sciences and planning. Most are based in universities and research institutes in the region, but some are employed in government, international organizations or the private sector.


Submitted contributions should be presented in the following format:

For extended abstracts: Extension of no more than 3 pages indicating the objectives, methodology, main expected results and conclusions, as well as contributions to knowledge in the field.

Send your extended abstract to redlas.conferencia@gmail.com

For final papers: The papers can be submitted in Spanish or English, and will be published in their original language. The extension must not exceed 12,000 words. The editorial guidelines can be consulted in this link.

The organizers will pay the accommodation and meals for all selected authors. Moreover, air tickets will be paid for the authors of the 5 best papers.



For the 8th REDLAS conference, the organizers invite authors to submit a paper proposal on one of the following topics:

  1. Modern services and productivity. How can modern services contribute to the necessary increases in productivity in all sectors? What are the key strategies to encourage businesses to be more efficient and competitive? What is the role of management skills to improve productivity?
  2. Orange Economy. Defined as the set of economic activities generated from knowledge, creativity and innovation. This conference aims to increase the understanding of this new sector and analyze its potential for the growth and development of countries in the region. How does the orange economy contribute to the development of new services?
  3. Innovation and servification. Can services strengthen the competitiveness of countries with comparative advantages in natural resources? How do modern services facilitate or drive innovation in different sectors of the economy, with special emphasis on agriculture, mining and industry? What evidence is there in different sectors on this topic?
  4. Industry 4.0 and human capital, including automation and robotization of processes, new industries and their impacts on employment and wages. In what sectors has industry 4.0 been introduced? Examples of success and failure. How are disruptive technologies affecting employment in different service sectors? To what extent is labor training adapting to these changes? What is the role of the education system and the private sector? What skills are required for future employment? How can the education system address the polarization of jobs and the displacement of certain categories of work?
  5. Digitization of services and digital commerce (cross-border). What evidence exists about how the Internet and other digital platforms reduce the costs of buying and delivering cross-border services and goods? How do these new technologies promote the internationalization of services? What regulations facilitate and hinder internal and cross-border digital commerce? What are the links between services and goods in the context of digital commerce? What progress is made in the measurement of digital commerce (cross-border) and digital transformation?
  6. Regions and services. Opportunities to reduce territorial gaps involving modern services. Economic agglomerations of services. The role of smart cities. How does the regionalization of the production of modern services contributes to: identifying priority services to acquire greater competitiveness; promote greater use of international trade agreements; focus export promotion on entrepreneurship; contribute to business formalization; adoption of technology by SMEs and improvement of regulations?
  7. Globalization. Recent developments in international trade and foreign direct investment in services, global value chains and outsourcing, and offshoring processes in a context of growing commercial tensions. How do the (mega) free trade agreements and integration schemes respond to these tensions? What reforms are proposed for the World Trade Organization to resolve trade tensions in goods, services, intellectual property, subsidies and public procurement, among others?
  8. Contributions of the services sector to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of production processes and international trade. What impact has the growing role of services in international trade on the environment? What role for design, marketing and other specialized services related to the circular economy?
  9. Rethink public policy. In the light of new developments in technology and the digital revolution, what are the best policy options for productive and export development for modern services? Are there examples of industrial policies based on public-private partnership for the provision and export of modern services in the region? How to promote modern services in the context of increasingly digital economies?

Specialists and academics are also invited to organize a session with 3 or 4 papers on a subject of their interest related to the themes of the conference. The topics listed are not unique and proposals are accepted on other themes linked to the event.

Key dates

JUL/15/2019: deadline for submissions of extended abstracts

AUG/15/2019: notifications of accepted contributiones to the authors.

SEP/15/2019: deadline for submissions of final versions.

NOV/07 and NOV/08: conference

Bruno Antunes (UNCTAD), Jorge Arbache (CAF), Gisela di Meglio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España), Juan Falconi (Quito, Ecuador), Karina Fernández-Stark (Universidad de Duke, Estados Unidos), Nicolo Gligo (CEPAL, Chile), René Hernandez (Santiago, Chile), Alfredo Hualde (Colegio de Frontera Norte, México), Troy Lorde (Universidad de West Indies, Barbados), Andrés López (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina), Dorotea López (Universidad de Chile), Jorge Mario Martínez (CEPAL, México), Mina Mashayekhi (Suiza), Dimaria Meirelles (Universidad McKenzie, Brasil), Nanno Mulder (CEPAL, Chile), Ricardo Monge (Tecnológico de Costa Rica), Marina Moreira (Universidad de Brasilia, Brasil), Felipe Muñoz (Universidad de Chile), Javier Peña Capobianco (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), Manuel Quindimil (Pontificia Católica de Perú), Eduardo Raupp Vargas (Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Carmen Astrid Romero (Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Colombia), Pierre Sauvé (Banco Mundial, Suiza), María Savona (Universidad de Sussex, Reino Unido), Marcel Vaillant (Universidad de la República, Uruguay), Liping Zhang (UNCTAD).

Local Organizing Committee

Enrique Gilles (Universidad Ean); Carmen Astrid Romero (Universidad Sergio Arboleda);

Questions: redlas.conferencia@gmail.com


About Bogotá

Bogotá is situated at 2600 meters above the sea level, which implies it has a mild weather despite being at a tropical latitude. Daily temperatures go from a low 8 Celsius at 7 am, to 20 Celsius at noon. The sunrise is at 6 am and the sunset is at 6 pm. It is usually fresh at nights. You can expect some rain during the day, but it usually does not last. Electricity is 110 V, and plugs are American type. The Colombian peso (COP) is the legal currency, stores do not accept dollars or euros. All international credit cards are accepted. Foreign Exchange Booths at ElDorado International Airport usually have competitive exchange rates.

Public transportation

Cabs are yellow, they are equipped with a taximeter and they only accept cash. There are also white vans with a more specialized service, available at hotels. The city also features a widespread network of BRT called Transmilenio.

More about Bogotá.

Where to stay

The neighborhood around Universidad Ean has a large variety of hotel options, for all budgets. Look for Centro Comercial Andino (a mall) when you do your searches.

What to do

  • Gold Museum, Botero Museum, National Museum
  • Monserrate hill – panoramic view of the city
  • Historic Center – La Candelaria neighborhood
  • Restaurants in Zona G (G as in gourmet)
  • Usaquen historic village (today a neighborhood of the city, with restaurants and handcrafts)
  • Party at Andrés D.C.
  • Since you are here: go visit the Caribbean coast: Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Parque Tayrona, Sierra Nevada; or the andean región: Medellin and the coffee región, or go learn some salsa in Cali.