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President and Vice-Presidents

Ron Martin: President

Professor Ron Martin is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include the geographies of labour markets; regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; geographical economics; and evolutionary economic geography. He has published some 35 books and monographs, and 200 articles, on these and related themes.

Ron is a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2016 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal for outstanding contributions to economic geography and regional development studiesRon is a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2016 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal for outstanding contributions to economic geography and regional development studies.

Allen J. Scott: Vice-President

Allen J. Scott is distinguished research professor in the Department of Geography and the Department of Policy Studies at UCLA. He has written widely on the economic foundations of urban and regional development. He was the recipient of the Prix Vautrin Lud in 2003, the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in 2009, and the Sir Peter Hall Prize of the Regional Studies Association in 2013. 

Ann Markusen: Vice-President

  • Organisation: Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA
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Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research. She is a researcher, frequent public speaker, and advisor to public agencies, policymakers, businesses, economic developers, and nonprofit organizations across the US, in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. Her expertise is in economic development at the state and local level, where she brings analytical skills to bear on the ways that industries and occupations shape possibilities for creating good work. 

Clelio Campolina Diniz: Vice-President

  • Organisation: CEDEPLAR, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Clelio Campolina Diniz is a doctor in Economics and full professor. He served as a Director of the Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar), as a Director of the Faculty of Economics, and also as a Rector of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He also served as Brazil’s Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation. Clelio is the author of more than fifty titles published in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and Korean.

Dirk Ahner: Vice-President

  • Organisation: University of Strathclyde, UK and College of Europe, Poland

Dirk Ahner served as Director-General of DG REGIO from 2007 to 2011, Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development (on regional and rural development), member of the advisory boards of the Association of European Border Regions, the Institute for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and the RISE Foundation (for rural development). Dirk is also a visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, UK and College of Europe, Poland. 

Flavia Martinelli: Vice-President

Flavia Martinelli is Professor at the Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy, where she currently teaches Policies and Strategies for Territorial Cohesion. She has worked on regional development processes, disparities, and policies, with particular attention to the historically lagging South of Italy, in a comparative perspective. She has been involved in several EU-funded collaborative projects and is currently Chair of a COST Action. In recent years her work has focused on the implications of social services in socio-economic development, as well as territorial cohesion.

Lu Dadao: Vice-President

  • Organisation: Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Academician LU Dadao is an outstanding economic geographer affiliated with the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Lu proposed a “T-shaped” spatial strategy for regional development according to his theory of “pole-axis” system in regional economy. He also established the theoretical framework for China’s industrial geography. His theory which considers the Yangtze River corridor and coastal region as the axles of national economic development, has had great influence on national and regional economic development.

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