Research Committee

Ron Boschma: Chair

Since January 2013, Ron Boschma is Full Professor in Innovation Studies at Lund University in Sweden. He is also Full Professor in Regional Economics at the Department of Economic Geography at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. He has widely published in international journals on Evolutionary Economic Geography, the spatial evolution of industries, regional systems of innovation, the structure and evolution of networks, agglomeration externalities and regional growth. 

Pierre-Alexandre Balland: Member

Pierre-Alexander Balland is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Geography & Planning at Utrecht University, where he serve's as the deputy-head of the research programme in Economic Geography. Pierre-Alexandre is facinated by how geography shapes and structures human societies.His research focuses on the geography of knowledge, the geography of networks and sustainable cities. He is particularly interested in the persistant role of geographical proximity in the digital age.

Paul Benneworth: Member

Paul Benneworth is a senior researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Agderforskning, Kristiansand, Norway. Paul’s research focuses on the dynamics of innovation and regional development and in particular the ways in which cooperations and coalitions function in supporting regional innovation processes. He has been chief scientist of projects for a range of research funders including the European Framework Programme/ERA-NET, research councils in the UK, the Netherlands and Norway as well as a wide range of government and not-for-profit funders. He is the editor of 8 scientific works, including three in the RSA Cities & Regions series. He has published more than thirty peer-reviewed scientific articles in the last decade, serves as reviewer for a range of journals, research councils and funding agencies internationally and is currently acting as special scientific adviser to three research council funded projects in Norway, Austria and Belgium.

Shiri M. Breznitz: Member

Shiri M. Breznitz is an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. An economic geographer, she specializes in innovation, technology, and regional economic development.  Dr. Breznitz’s research focuses on economic development policies with a particular interest on the role of the university on regional, national, and international levels. 

Lars Coenen: Member

Lars is an economic geographer and scholar in innovation studies. He joined the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’. Prior to this, he was full professor at CIRCLE, the Centre for Innovation, Research, and Competence in the Learning Economy at Lund University, Sweden. Here he was heading a research group dealing with innovation and sustainability transitions. His research interests converge around the geography of innovation. He is well-known internationally for his work on regional and urban innovation and, more recently, his pioneering research on the geography of environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. He is author of more than 30 scientific papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. His work has had considerable scientific impact with over 5000 citations in Scholar Google. 

Abigail Cooke: Member

Abigail Cooke is Assistant Professor of Geography at University at Buffalo (SUNY). She is also a co-director of the Center for Trade, Environment, and Development (CTED, formerly CUSTAC). Her research focuses on the local and regional impacts of global flows. She has studied the impacts of low-wage country import competition in the US and the relationship between immigrant diversity and wages in metropolitan areas. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Stuart Dawley: Member

Dr Stuart Dawley is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University. His current research focuses upon the evolution of local and regional economies, particularly understanding the dynamics of path creation and development as part of the energy transition.  More broadly, his research previously connected to an array of themes including regional competitiveness, sector studies,  labour markets and migration. This includes work undertaken for international, national and regional agencies and organisations, including the European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Dept. for Communities and Local Government (DCLG; ) and Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS; UK).  

Lewis Dijkstra: Member

Lewis Dijkstra is the deputy head of the Policy Development and Economic Analysis Unit of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission. He is the editor the Cohesion Reports, which analyse economic, social and environmental issues in EU regions and cities. His latest work and publications cover topics such as regional quality of government, urban economic development, regional economic and demographic projections and the definition of cities. He works closely with the OECD, the World Bank, the European Environmental Agency, the Joint Research Centre and Eurostat. With these partners, he has launched projects on regional competitiveness, business demography, regional well-being, transport and demography among others. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, New Jersey, a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghent, Belgium. 

Elisa Giuliani : Member

Elisa Giuliani (PhD SPRU, Sussex University) is Full Professor at the Department of Economics & Management of the University of Pisa, and 2017-2018 visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management. She is Associate Editor for Research Policy, and part of the Editorial Boards of Economic Geography, the Journal of Economic Geography and the Business and Human Rights Journal. Her research cuts across disciplines, including international business, economic geography and development studies. Her work has been published in several international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of World Business, Regional Studies, Research Policy and World Development.

Dr. Canfei He: Member

Dr. Canfei He is a Changjiang Scholar and Full Professor in Economic Geography at Peking University in China. He is the dean of college of urban and environmental sciences at Peking University and the deputy director of Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. His main research interests include evolutionary economic geography and environmental economic geography in emerging economies, industrial geography and multinational corporations, urban and regional development. He earned his Ph.D degree in geography from Arizona State University in 2001.

Lummina (Ina) Horlings: Member

Dr. Lummina Horlings (1962) is Assistant Professor in rural/regional development at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen UR in The Netherlands. She studied Geography and holds a PhD in Policy Sciences. Her research work broadly deals with sustainable place-based development. She has a special interest in the ‘human factor’ in place-shaping processes, including the role of values, leadership, cooperation, place identity and self-governance. She is involved in the RSA Research Network on leadership in Urban and Regional Development and the COST Action IS1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability”. 

Simona Iammarino : Member

Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently Head of Department (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2019). Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local impacts; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional and local economic development and policy. She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013). She has published extensively in major refereed journals, and co-authored two books widely cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation (with P. McCann, 2013). Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, and in consultancy projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.

Britta Klagge: Member

Britta Klagge is full professor of Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research focuses on economic and urban geography with a special interest in energy issues, finance and governance. A Master of Science in Geography at the the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in 1997 and finished her habilitation at the University of Hamburg in 2004. Before coming to the University of Bonn in 2012, Britta was Professor of Economic Geography and Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Cultural Studies at the University of Osnabrück. In addition to serving as Head of Department in Bonn, she is active in various committees and advisory boards both in Germany and abroad. Britta has conducted various third-party funded research projects with international and interdisciplinary partners. The most recent projects deal with renewable energies, infrastructure and alternative financing.

Mario Davide Parrilli: Member

M. Davide Parrilli is Associate Professor in regional economic development at Bournemouth University, where he is the Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Economics and Business Studies. He has published extensive research on SME development, clusters and districts evolution, regional innovation systems and global innovation networks, global value chains, and social capital in peer-reviewed journals such as RP, SBE, RS, ERD, EPS, TECH, RIPE. In his academic career Davide held tenured positions at the University of Ferrara, Italy, the University of Deusto, Spain, the Central American University in Nicaragua, and the University of Birmingham, UK.

Wolfgang Petzold: Member

Wolfgang Petzold is head of unit in the communication department of the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives in Brussels. Before, he worked for ten years for the European Commission’s Regional Policy and Employment and Social Affairs Directorate-Generals. Being a sociologist, Wolfgang graduated from the University of Bremen in 1983 and began his career in the field of adults’ education and continued with EU programme management in a regional ministry for economic and European affairs. Wolfgang published several books and articles on EU cohesion policy and lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen since 1999. Twitter: @WolfgangPetzold

Elisa Roller: Member

Elisa Roller is Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission.  Before that, she was Deputy Head of Unit for Conception, Forward Studies and Impact Assessment in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Policy Coordinator in the Lisbon Task Force of the Secretariat-General, European Commission.  Before joining the European Commission in 2003, she was a Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Government, University of Manchester, UK.  She received her PhD in Government from the London School of Economics.   

Markku Sotarauta: Member

Markku Sotarauta is professor of regional development studies in Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere, Finland. In 2011-2013, he served as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Management and, in 2009-2010, as the last Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration. Professor Sotarauta specialises in leadership, innovation policy, and institutional entrepreneurship in city and regional development. He has published widely on these issues. His latest publications include 'Leadership and the city: Power, strategy and networks in the making of knowledge cities', published by Routledge. Twitter: @Sotarauta

Peter Sunley : Member

Peter Sunley is Professor of Human Geography, and Director of Research and Enterprise in Geography and Environment, at the University of Southampton.  He has published widely on economic geography including spatial dimensions of labour and regional political economy. His research has focused on geographies of labour organisation and policy, regional and local economic development, innovation and venture capital, and design and creative industries. He has frequently co-published with Ron Martin and their joint publications include influential papers on clusters and regional path dependence, as well as Putting Workfare in Place (with Corinne Nativel, Oxford UP, 2003) and Critical Concepts in Economic Geography (Routledge, 2009). He has completed research projects on the geography of the design industry in the UK, examining the connections between place, creativity and innovation, and on the development of social enterprise in different cities. His most recent research focuses on regional economic resilience and growth and change in urban economies. 

Michaela Trippl: Member

Michaela Trippl is Full Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna, Austria. The main focus of her research is on regional innovation dynamics, regional industrial development and structural change and innovation policies. She has widely published in leading international journals such as Economic Geography, Regional Studies, and Research Policy and has also co-authored several books and co-edited several special issues of journals in the fields of economic geography and innovation studies.

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