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Publication Committee

Andrew Beer: Chair

Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. He previously worked at the University of Adelaide and the Flinders University of South Australia. His research interests include the operation and functioning of Australia’s housing markets, the drivers of regional growth, economic change in major cities and the impacts of an ageing population. Andrew has previously been the Chair of the Regional Studies Association (2012-2017).

David Bailey: Editor-in-Chief, Regional Studies

Professor David Bailey is an influential business expert on economic restructuring and industrial policy and is perhaps best known for his knowledge of UK and West Midlands car manufacturing. Most recently, David has undertaken European funded research on using foreign investment to upgrade clusters and on industrial and regional policy. He has twice chaired the Regional Studies Association, and has acted as a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands region, presenting to a number of select committees and All Party Parliamentary Groups. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust from 2006-2013. Further details on his professional roles can be found here.

Paul Elhorst: Editor-in-Chief, Spatial Economic Analysis

Paul Elhorst is Professor of Spatial Econometrics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and author of the book “Spatial econometrics: from cross-sectional data to spatial panels” that appeared in 2014. Since September 2015 he is Editor-in-Chief of the RSA journal Spatial Economic Analysis. His research interests are spatial econometrics, both theoretical and empirical, software, regional labour market analysis, economic growth, research productivity, military spending, contagion, FDI, fiscal policy interaction and transport economics. He has written more than 100 papers in refereed journals, both in English and Dutch, and supervised 7 PhD theses.

Madeleine Hatfield : Executive Editor, Regional Studies; Territory, Politics, Governance; Spatial Economic Analysis

Madeleine Hatfield is Founder and Editor at Yellowback ( where she provides editorial services to societies, authors and publishers. Madeleine has worked on a number of highly ranked academic journals as well as on monographs and research reports. She has also contributed to policy briefings, how-to guides and workshops for early career researchers on academic publishing. Madeleine has a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, and – outside of publishing in its own right – her primary research interest is migration, on which she has published and presented internationally.

Vassilis Monastiriotis : Representative of RSAI BIS; Editor, Spatial Economic Analysis

Dr Monastiriotis is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute, London School of Economics (UK). He is Director of the LSE Research Unit on Southeast Europe and holds affiliations with LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment, the Hellenic Observatory and the ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre. His research focuses on economic policy and performance at the regional, national and supra-national levels, with emphasis on labour markets, economic growth and the macro-economy. He has published numerous articles in economics and regional science journals and received various distinctions including the Moss Maden Medal in Regional Science (2008). He has a PhD in Economic Geography (LSE), an MSc in Economics (University of Macedonia) and a BSc in Economics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He is Co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis (Taylor & Francis), Committee Member of the British and Irish Section of the Regional science Association International and member of various professional associations and editorial boards.

Declan Jordan : Representative of RSAI BIS

Declan Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. Declan’s research interests include innovation, regional development and competitiveness, innovation and enterprise policy, and sports economics, and he has published articles across these areas. Prior to joining UCC, Declan gained substantial management and corporate experience in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and as Treasury Manager with Intel Ireland. Declan is a committee member and former Secretary of the Regional Science Association International – British & Irish Section and is Chair. Declan has a PhD (Economics) from University College Cork, an honours Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, and a Masters degree in Economic Science from University College Dublin. He tweets using @decjordan.

Klaus Dodds: Editor-in-Chief, Territory, Politics, Governance

Professor Klaus Dodds is the Director of Research for the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway. He was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his achievements in the fields of geopolitics and human geography. In academic year 2010-11, he was a visiting fellow at St Cross College, Oxford and HARC fellow at Royal Holloway. In October 2012, he was elected Academician (now Fellow) of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). In November 2016, he was awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2017-2020) for a project examining ‘A new North? The making and remaking of the global Arctic’. In academic year 2017-18, he is a visiting fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. He researches in the areas of geopolitics and security, media/popular culture (esepcially on film theory) and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Alasdair Rae: Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science

Alasdair Rae is a Professorial Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. He is an urban and regional analyst focusing on spatial data, GIS, neighbourhoods, housing markets, transport, commuting, quantitative data analysis, internet search data and geovisualization. Alasdair is a founding Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, now one of the leading open access publications in the social sciences. He led the project to digitise the Department’s JR James Archive, an urban image collection which has now been viewed more than 6 million times. He has published widely in the academic and policy literature in addition to contributions to national and international media.

Fulong Wu : Representative of Area Development and Policy

  • Organisation: Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK
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Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently published a book, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China (2015, Routledge). He was awarded 2013 Outstanding International Impact Prize by UK ESRC. He is an editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has previously taught at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton. Details on research projects, publications and professional roles can be found at

Mark Tewdwr-Jones: ex officio as RSA Chair

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Director of Newcastle City Futures and Newcastle University’s Chair of Town Planning and one of the UK’s leading authorities on planning, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places. He was previously Government Advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK Government, the Welsh Government and Scottish Government, and served as a lead expert for the Government Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington’s Foresight project on Land Use Futures; more recently he has been involved in Sir Mark Walport’s Future of Cities Foresight project. He was also a lead expert on the NHS NICE project on spatial planning and health, advised the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, served on the ESRC CASE Award Panel and RTPI General Assembly, has given evidence to select committees, and was a panel member for DFiD’s Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He leads the Newcastle Gateshead RCUK Innovate UK urban living partnership, co-leads the EPSRC Digital Economy Research Centre and Digital Civics CDT programme, and is a member of the MRC National Innovation Centre for Ageing Science. He directs Newcastle City Futures, and chairs the City Futures Development Group, an innovative collaborative arena bringing together academics from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, with officials from Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and business representatives.

Sarah Ayres: ex officio as RSA Treasurer

Sarah Ayres is a ‘Reader in Public Policy and Governance’ at the University of Bristol, UK. Her central research interest is the governance of place, space and territory. This core provides the basis for two main strands of work. First, her research is concerned with devolution and decentralisation in both a UK and an international context, with a particular emphasis on analysing inter-governmental relations between central government and local actors. Second, it has explored the role of partnership working and network management in the governance of territory. Sarah is a political scientist with expertise in public administration and theories of policy making. Her research is concerned with territorial and collaborative governance – how actors from state, market and civil society coalesce and work with one another in specific localities. Details on research projects, publications and professional roles can be found at

Simona Iammarino: Committee 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.

Mark Scott: Committee Member

  • Organisation: School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD, Ireland
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Mark Scott is Professor of Planning at University College Dublin. Mark’s research is focused on theories and practices of spatial planning and governance, specifically related to rural planning, local regeneration and the environmental dimensions of spatial planning. He has published extensively in these areas and co-edited the recently published Rural Planning & Development (Routledge, 2017). He has been awarded over €4 million in national and European research funds and has worked as a consultant or advisor on spatial planning to local, regional and national governments and to international organisations such as the OECD. He has held visiting positions in the Università di Pisa and the University of New South Wales and is a former editor of the international journal, Planning Theory & Practice, and currently serves on the journal’s editorial board. He tweets via @marksco_envplan.

Alessandro Sancino : Committee Member

Dr. Alessandro Sancino (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Management at The Open University Business School’s Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise, where he brings extensive academic experience from posts held in Italy, Switzerland, Peru’ and the UK. Alessandro is a truly international scholar and he has published in top journals in the fields of public administration and regional studies with co-authors from about 20 different Countries. He is a member of the Executive Board of PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership Network) and of the Regional Studies Association Publications Committee. His research has been funded by several institutions, such as The College of Policing in UK, the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Netherland Institute of Government, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Before coming to the UK, Dr. Sancino held political leadership positions in Italy, including leader of the Council in his hometown and councillor for the Milan metropolitan area.

Sally Hardy: Committee Secretary

Sally Hardy began her career at the Economic and Social Research Council where she worked as a Scientific Officer in the Industry and Employment Committee dispensing funding to UK based social science academics.Sally moved to the Regional Studies Association where she has been CEO for just over 25 years. She has developed the organisation from a small, UK focussed organisation into a global Association with an international footprint. Sally has become an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events. She has advocated on different aspects of Open Access – for journals as well as for monographs and also around copy right reform and educational exceptions. She speaks on publishing practice and particularly on how to grow impact from publishing activity and on issues of learned society strategy.

Huiwen Gong: Early Career Representative

Huiwen is a PhD student with a  focus on opening concepts in Economic Geography to perspectives from the Global South and Asia.  Huiwen will provide a significant voice representing the views of emerging scholars on the Committee and it is hoped her active involvement will provide a distinct and valuable perspective.

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