Plenary Speakers

A World of Flows: Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival

Opening Plenary Session: Alessandra Faggian, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

Refugee Migration in Europe – National and Regional Strategies

Alessandra Faggian is Professor of Applied Economics and Director of Social Sciences at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy, and is President of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and co-editor of the journal Papers in Regional Science. Dr Faggian’s research interests lie in the fields of regional and urban economics, demography, labour economics and economics of education. Her publications cover a wide range of topics including migration, human capital, labour markets, creativity and local innovation and growth. She has co-authored over 80 academic publications. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Oxford Economics Papers, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Regional Science and The Journal of Economic Geography. Alessandra is the 2007 recipient of the Moss Madden Memorial Medal by the Regional Science Association International: Irish and British section (RSAIBIS) for the best paper published in the year 2006 and the 2015 recipient of the Geoffrey Hewings Award by The North American Regional Council for outstanding research contribution by a young scholar in the field of regional science. 

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Opening Plenary Session: Seth Schindler, University of Manchester, UK - Early Career Plenary Speaker

National Urban Plans and the 21st Century Rediscovery of Regional Planning in the Global South

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Plenary Session: Ray Hudson, Durham University, UK

The Illegal, the Illicit and New Geographies of Uneven Development

Ray Hudson is Professor of Geography at Durham University. He holds the degrees of BA, PhD and DSc from Bristol University, DLitt from Durham, and an honorary DSc from Roskilde University. His main research interests are in economic geography and regional development. He has published widely on these topics. His most recent books are Approaches to Economic Geography: Towards a Geographical Political Economy and The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development (the latter co-edited with Francesco Chiodelli and Tim Hall, and both published by Routledge). His research has been recognised by a number of awards including the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society and the Sir Peter Hall Award from the Regional Studies Association and by election to the Fellowship of the Academy for the Social Sciences, of the British Academy and of Academia Europaea. As a result of his research, he has served as a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on coalfields regeneration and as Expert Advisor to the Audit Commission in its evaluation of coalfield regeneration programmes. 

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Closing Plenary Session: Gordon Clark, Oxford University, UK

The Allocation of Risk and Uncertainty in Infrastructure Investment

Gordon L Clark FBA DSc is Professor and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University with joint appointments in the Säid Business School and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall, and is the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguishing Visiting Professor in the Department of Banking and Finance at Monash University.  Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on the investment management industry, he leads a research program at Oxford on behavior, finance and welfare.  He is the author and co-author of many books including Saving for Retirement: Intention, Behavior and Context (2012) and Institutional Investors in Global Markets (2017) both published by Oxford University Press.

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Closing Plenary Session: Susanne Frick, London School of Economics, UK - Early Career Plenary Speaker

Towards successful Special Economic Zones in emerging countries – performance drivers and impact

Susanne is a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics and consultant with the World Bank’s Trade & Competitiveness Practice. Her research focuses on the relationship between urbanization, cities and economic growth with a special attention to developing countries. She is furthermore interested in the effectiveness of economic policies aiming to promote regional development and industrialization. Among other things, she co-led the research team of a forthcoming World Bank report on Special Economic Zones in developing countries.
Prior to the PhD, Susanne worked for several years with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, supporting international organizations and governments such as the Gates Foundation and the International Trade Centre in their strategic planning processes. She spent two years in Guatemala, working for Fundesa, a private sector funded think tank, and in close collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy on economic policies for the country.
Susanne holds a PhD in Economic Geography and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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Panel Session

Lewis Dijkstra, European Commission, Belgium

Lewis Dijkstra is the Head of the Economic Analysis Sector 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. 

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Elisa Roller, Directorate General Maritime and Fisheries Affairs, European Commission, Belgium

Elisa Roller has been Head of Unit for CFP and Structural Policy Development and Coordination in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission since 2017. Between 2012 and 2017 she was Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis for fisheries and 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 from the London School of Economics.   

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Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD, France

Joaquim Oliveira Martins is currently Special Advisor, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development. He was previously Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division and supervised projects on regional and urban economics, governance, regional statistics and well-being. He was Head of the OECD Structural Economic Statistics Division, where he focused on Trade & Globalisation studies, Productivity measurement and Business statistics. He is author of many academic articles and OECD publications. When Senior Economist at the OECD Economics Department, he coordinated and authored reports on Policy Response to the Threat of Global Warming, Competition, Regulation and Performance, Ageing & Growth, Investment in Tertiary Education, and Public Health Expenditure Projections. He was also Head of Desk for Emerging markets, in charge of the first OECD Economic Surveys of Brazil, Chile and several transition countries. Before the OECD, he was Research Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII, Paris). He holds a MSc in Econometrics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (FAcSS).

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Laura Polverari, European Policies Research Centre, UK

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