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Committees

On these pages you can find the full lists of our current Board, Publications Committee, Research Committee and our Presidents.

Jessie P. Poon
Chair (Trustee)
Jessie P.H. Poon is Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, New York. She is currently an editor of Environment and Planning A. She was the North American editor of Papers in Re…
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Olga Mrinska
Treasurer (Trustee)
Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer…
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Simona Iammarino
Chair of Journal Committee (Trustee)
Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She was Head of Department …
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Mia Gray
Vice Chair, Comms and Public Engagement, Secretary / Awards (Trustee)
Mia Gray is an economic and social geographer at Cambridge University.  Her current research explores the politics and the distributional effects of austerity. She examines the intertwining…
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John Bachtler
Vice Chair (Europe and Regional Policy) (Trustee)
Professor John Bachtler is Professor of European Policy Studies and a Director of the European Policies Research Centre. His research experience is principally in regional and industrial dev…
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David Bailey
Editor-in-Chief, Regional Studies (Trustee)
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…
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Joan Fitzgerald
Editor-in-Chief, Regions and Cities Book Series (Co-optee)
Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic de…
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Klaus Dodds
Editor-in-Chief, Territory, Politics, Governance (Co-optee)
Professor Klaus Dodds is the Director of Research for the School of Life Sciences and Environment and Director of Living Sustainably at Royal Holloway. In October 2012, he was elected Academ…
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Neil Lee
Chair, Policy Committee (Trustee)
Neil Lee is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. His work uses econometric methodologies to investigate issues closely related to public policy, and his recen…
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Vanessa Guerra
Early Career Representative (Observer)
Dr. Vanessa Guerra is an Assistant Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, where she teaches across urban planning and urban d…
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Paul Elhorst
Editor-in-Chief, Spatial Economic Analysis (Co-optee)
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…
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Tanya Chandra
Student Representative (Observer)
Tanya is a PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. She is part of the Urban-Rural Systems team at Future Cities Laboratory, focused on capturing the different territoria…
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Stefania Fiorentino
Editor, Regions; Board (Co-optee)
Stefania is a multidisciplinary researcher and teaching fellow in planning and economic development, with working experience in international consultancies. She is a Senior Teaching Associat…
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Ron Boschma
Vice Chair (Research) and Chair, Research Committee (Trustee)
Ron Boschma is a Full Professor in Regional Economics at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University. He also holds a Chair in Innovation Studies at the UiS …
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John Harrison
Conference and Events Coordinator (Trustee)
John Harrison works at Loughborough University in the UK. He is a regional geographer interested in the planning and governance of cities and regions. John has been an Editor of Regional Stu…
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Weidong Liu
Member, China and Editor, Area Development and Policy (Co-optee)
Weidong Liu is a full professor in Economic Geography and Deputy Director at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His ar…
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Stephen Hincks
Editor, Regional Studies Regional Science (Co-optee)
Stephen is a Reader in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.  His research lies within the broad scope of urban and regional studies with a specific focus on applied sp…
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Mick Dunford
Editor, Area Development and Policy (Observer)
Michael Dunford is a Visiting Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Emeritus Professor, School of Global Studies…
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Julia Walczyk
Social Media Communications (Observer)
Julia, a Polish national, joined UNU-MERIT in 2022 as a PhD Student Affairs Officer. She has worked as an Education & Research Officer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS…
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Louise Kempton
Policy Impact Book Series Editor (Co-optee)
Louise Kempton is a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University.  She is also Associate Dean of Research and Innovatio…
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Rachel Franklin
Chair for Diversity and Inclusion (Trustee)
Rachel Franklin is Professor of Geographical Analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle Univer…
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Brady Reid
RSA Blog Editor (Co-optee)
Brady is working towards a Ph.D. in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. His research interests intersect environmental stewardship, rural community development, and…
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Our President

John Agnew
President

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jagnew@geog.ucla.edu

John Agnew is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he has taught since 1995. He is a political geographer with interests in European urbanization, the geopolitics of the world economy, place and politics, and territory and governance. His books include “Globalization and Sovereignty: Beyond the Territorial Trap” (2018), (as co-author) “Mapping Populism: Taking Politics to the People” (2019), and (as co-editor) “Handbook on the Geographies of Power” (2018). He was editor-in-chief of the RSA journal “Territory, Politics, Governance” from 2011-19.

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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…
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Clelio Campolina Diniz
Vice President
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 Ec…
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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 regi…
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Lu Dadao
Vice President
Academician LU Dadao is an outstanding economic geographer affiliated with the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Profes…
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Simona Iammarino
Chair, Journal Committee
Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She was Head of Department…
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Madeleine Hatfield
Executive Editor
Madeleine Hatfield is Founder and Editor at Yellowback (www.ybediting.com) where she provides editorial services to societies, authors and publishers. Madeleine has worked on a number of hig…
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Huiwen Gong
Early Career Representative
Dr. Huiwen Gong is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Social Sciences Department at Eawag and an affiliated member of Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learni…
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David Bailey
Editor-in-Chief, Regional Studies (Trustee)
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…
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Klaus Dodds
Editor-in-Chief, Territory, Politics, Governance (Co-optee)
Professor Klaus Dodds is the Director of Research for the School of Life Sciences and Environment and Director of Living Sustainably at Royal Holloway. In October 2012, he was elected Academ…
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Paul Elhorst
Editor-in-Chief, Spatial Economic Analysis (Co-optee)
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…
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Stephen Hincks
Editor, Regional Studies Regional Science (Co-optee)
Stephen is a Reader in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.  His research lies within the broad scope of urban and regional studies with a specific focus on applied sp…
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Mick Dunford
Editor, Area Development and Policy (Observer)
Michael Dunford is a Visiting Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Emeritus Professor, School of Global Studies…
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Vassilis Monastiriotis
Member, RSAI (BIS) Representative
Vassilis Monastiriotis is an economist and economic geographer by training, specialising in three areas of Labour Economics, Economic Geography and Political Economy. He has significant poli…
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Maria Abreu
Member, RSAI (BIS) Representative
Dr Maria Abreu is a regional economist, working on topics relating to creativity, higher education, migration, and local labour markets. She is a University Senior Lecturer (Associate Profes…
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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…
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Adelheid Holl
Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science
Adelheid Holl is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) since 2009. She was previously Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Foundation for Studies in Applied …
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Declan Jordan
Member, RSAI (BIS) Representative
Declan Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Co-Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre. Declan’s research interests include innovation, regional and urba…
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Heike Mayer
Committee Member
Heike Mayer is professor of economic geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Her research is in local and regional economic development with a focus on dynamics of innovation and…
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Mark Scott
Committee Member
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 pla…
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Olga Mrinska
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer…
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Jessie P. Poon
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Jessie P.H. Poon is Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, New York. She is currently an editor of Environment and Planning A. She was the North American editor of Papers in Re…
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Mark Scott
Chair, Publications Committee
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 pla…
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Marte Solheim
Committee Member
Marte C.W. Solheim is Associate Professor and Head of the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School, Norway and a public speaker on diversity and innovation. She carries …
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Mafini Dosso
Committee Member
Mafini is holds a PhD in Economics of Innovation and has worked since 2013 as an Economist & Policy analyst at the European Commission DG JRC. Mafini’s current project focuses on I…
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Nadir Kinossian
Committee Member
Nadir Kinossian is Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany. His research interests include territorial development, multilevel governance, cultu…
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Joan Fitzgerald
Editor-in-Chief, Regions and Cities Book Series
Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic de…
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Louise Kempton
Policy Impact Book Series Editor
Louise Kempton is a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University.  She is also Associate Dean of Research and Innovatio…
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Brady Reid
RSA Blog Editor
Brady is working towards a Ph.D. in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. His research interests intersect environmental stewardship, rural community development, and…
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Eduardo Oliveira
Regions eZine Editor
His prime scientific interests are within the fields of spatial planning instruments such as strategic spatial planning and place branding. His research involves also economic geography conc…
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Olga Mrinska
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer…
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Jessie P. Poon
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Jessie P.H. Poon is Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, New York. She is currently an editor of Environment and Planning A. She was the North American editor of Papers in Re…
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Sally Hardy
Committee Secretary
Sally has been CEO of the Regional Studies Association for just over 30 years. She has developed the organisation from a small, UK focused organisation into a global Association with an inte…
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Ron Boschma
Vice Chair (Research) and Chair, Research Committee (Trustee)
Ron Boschma is a Full Professor in Regional Economics at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University. He also holds a Chair in Innovation Studies at the UiS …
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Elisa Giuliani
Member
Elisa Giuliani (PhD SPRU, Sussex University) is Professor at the Department of Economics & Management of the University of Pisa where she directs the Responsible Management Research Cent…
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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 Universi…
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Lars Coenen
Member
Lars Coenen is an economic geographer and scholar in innovation studies. His research interests converge around the geography of innovation: Why is it that some regions and cities in the wor…
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Laura de Dominicis
Member
Laura de Dominicis is economic analyst at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, where she is responsible for carrying out quantitative analyses on…
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Paula Prenzel
Member
Paula Prenzel is Assistant Professor of Regional Development at the University of Greifswald, Germany and leads a junior research group on the role of population structure in local economic …
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Mario Davide Parrilli
Member
M. Davide Parrilli is Full Professor of Regional Economic Development at Bournemouth University. He has published extensive research on SME development, clusters and districts evolution, reg…
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Elisa Roller
Member
Elisa Roller is Head of Unit in the RECOVER Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission with responsibility for the preparation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans in B…
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Markku Sotarauta
Professor
Markku Sotarauta is Professor of Regional Development Studies in the Faculty of Management and Business at Tampere University, Finland. In 2011-2013, he served as the founding Dean of the Sc…
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Lummina (Ina) Horlings
Member
Prof. dr. L.G. (Ina) Horlings (1962) studied land- and watermanagement and human (environmental) geography. She obtained a PhD in Policy Science, and currently holds a chair in Socio-Spatial…
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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 ge…
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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 region…
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Mia Bennett
Member
Mia Bennett is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at the University of Washington. As a political geographer with geospatial skills, through fieldwork and remote sensing, she…
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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). He…
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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 ev…
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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 …
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Luisa Gagliardi
Member
Luisa Gagliardi is Assistant Professor at Bocconi University, Department of Management and Technology. Before joining Bocconi she was Assistant Professor at the University of Geneva, School …
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Andrea Ascani
Member
Andrea is Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) in L’Aquila, Italy. Before joining GSSI, he received his PhD in Economic Geography from th…
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Olga Mrinska
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer…
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Jessie P. Poon
Publication, Journal and Research Committee ex officio
Jessie P.H. Poon is Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, New York. She is currently an editor of Environment and Planning A. She was the North American editor of Papers in Re…
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