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Effective Project Appraisal and Regional Development In some countries EU Cohesion Policy (ECP) serves as the main source of policy investment for regional development. Consequently, the Project Appraisal effectiveness of ECP is crucial to fostering their regional development trends. However, our experience in analysing wide sets of ECP approved projects’ databases, in countries such as […]

Geographies of Refugee Resettlement and Post-industrial Urban Renewal in Rust Belt Cities Refugees are active agents of urban change. According to the United Nations, 60 percent of the world’s refugees are in cities and as such, cities of today are uniquely positioned to seek solutions that address refugee concerns alongside interrelated urban social justice and […]

International Migration, Climate Change and Network Effects: A Worldwide Study The goal of this project is twofold. First, develop a comprehensive database of international mobility among countries. Second, at a macro level, investigate the determinants of this mobility, focusing on the interlinkages among the environmental, socio-economic, and political factors characterizing countries. To do this, I […]

Logistics City-Regions in Transition. New Spatial Imaginary? Over the last few years, the goods distribution system in European cities has suffered a strong fragmentation. City-regions are substituting cities in the global economic and political setting and their roles in the world economy related to logistics. Understanding the policy and governance dimension of logistics and freight […]

Negotiating Economic Growth and Geopolitical Risks: Regional Impacts and Implications of Chinese investments in the UK, 2000-2020 This project addresses a major and surprisingly under-addressed gap in regional studies, namely the role of geopolitics in regional economic resilience. Through examining whether subnational regions (firms, local authorities and workers) in the UK are willing to trade […]

Designing Regional Innovation Policies from Innovation Scoreboards This MeRSA project aims to transform the European Innovation Scoreboard into a useful instrument for the definition, measurement and directionality of innovation policies. The project goes beyond the state-of-the-art by developing a technology (i.e. computational software) that measures innovation from multiple perspectives (i.e. glasses): size, efficiency, cross efficiency, […]

Urban Regeneration in Coastal Cities:  Proposing a Strategy for Revitalising Old and Historic Buildings in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Area, Ghana While the concept of adaptive reuse is widely prescribed in the existing literature as a panacea for revitalising derelict buildings, there seems to be a knowledge gap on how it could be useful in Ghana’s […]

Disentangling COVID-19 as a driving force of path development processes in Spain This research seeks to further explore path development processes in Spanish regions by analysing the industrial sector’s response to the shortage of medical supplies during the COVID -19 pandemic. This was caused by difficulties in purchasing abroad and interrupted supply chains, especially during […]

Borders reloaded! The impact of rebordering dynamics on European cross-border regionalism The overall aim of the project is to investigate the ways in which the hardening of EU’s internal borders in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more broadly the resurgence of borders in the political agenda of states, affect the ideas underpinning cross-border […]

Bank Branch Closings and Local SME Economic Activity in Slovakia – Good Servant but a Bad Master? Better access to finance has been shown to improve economic growth, both globally and locally. Yet, the ongoing financialization relying on alternative distributional channels (FINTEC industry) challenges the need for physical presence of credit intermediators, local bank branches […]

 Political decentralisation and regional poverty in the EU There is a growing trend for central governments to transfer political authority to subnational tiers of government, known as political decentralisation, as well as a growing and widely accepted recognition of the important role of governments in reducing poverty. The purpose of this project is to examine […]

Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania Read the latest publication here: The Blog article is available here – Long-distance research during the Covid-19 crisis: trust and corruption in Romania You can read more about this research here: THE RESEARCH PUZZLE: It is striking that a great majority […]

“Soft innovation? Towards new narratives on regional capabilities and policies” The overall aim of the project is to investigate how the inclusion of soft innovation in theoretical, empirical and policy work at the regional level can help creating new narratives on regional capabilities. By ‘soft innovation’ one understands all forms of innovation that are not […]

Understanding Brexit and Trump in Post-Industrial, Peripheral Areas: Implications for Regional Development Read the latest article here – The Complex Adaptive Region-Assemblage and Local Economies: New Perspectives for Tackling Regional Inequalities The rise in anti-establishment populism across Western nations is understood to be symbolic of the gulf that has opened up between wealthy, apparently metropolitan, […]

Slow Innovation in Europe`s Peripheral Regions Innovation processes are often conceptualized with an urban bias and are therefore theorized solely considering the perspective of the urban environment. As a result, innovation theories do not sufficiently consider the context of the periphery and how this context may foster or hinder the development of innovative products, technologies […]

Rethinking regional development agendas: Human rights and economic growth into perspective Read the article here – Regional development facing global sustainability challenges Business-related human rights (BHR) infringements are site-specific violations of universal human rights caused by companies as they pursue their economic goals. They include cases of child labor exploitation and modern slavery in global […]

Generative Urbanization in Emerging Africa? The Case of Konza Techno City Read the article here – Greenfield cities in Africa: A recipe for generative urbanization? Africa is experiencing an urban transition that raises significant questions as to whether its economies are being transformed structurally.  In Kenya, the prospects seem particularly high as the country has […]

The short and long-term impact of migration on regional innovation and technological diversification: An analysis of US cities during the ages of mass migration (1870-1930) Read the Blog article here – The geography of immigrants’ inventive activity in the US during the Age of Mass Migration This project contributes to the literature on migration impact […]

The electoral bias: distributive politics and local development in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia Read more about this research here: The electoral bias: the political economy of subnational transfers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia Xabier Gainza & Felipe Livert (2021) The electoral bias: the political economy of subnational transfers in Latin America, Regional Studies, […]

Read the article by Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology Sydney and Hu De, East China Normal University. Carolyn Cartier and Hu De, discuss China’s plan for national urbanization. Focusing on Chongqing, they reveal a pattern small city urbanization that is closely tied to local market economies. Read the full article here: ‘State-led Urbanization of Towns in China’ In […]

How well they cope? Gender Differences in Effects of Labor Market Status and Education on Subjective Well-Being across European welfare states – before and after the crisis In high-income countries, women report a higher level of life satisfaction than men on average, but score lower on  short-term positive and negative emotions  and suffer from higher […]

Title of the research project “Public investment, economic crisis and austerity: evidence from the Greek regions” Summary This aim of this research project is to provide statistically supported evidence on the evolution of public investment in Greece during the current economic crisis and to indicate how regions of the country have been affected by spending […]

Regional governance and institutional learning processes and their impact on regional labour markets’ resilience to shocks of refugee immigration: Four urban case studies in Sweden and Germany My research will look at learning experiences in Swedish and German regions after the arrival of a relatively high share of war refugees from former Yugoslavia in the […]

Estimating Networks and Spatial Effects in the Social and Geographical Space The RSA Membership Grant Scheme is an excellent opportunity offered by the RSA and an important step to consolidate my research profile within the area of spatial and network econometrics. The funded project is going to model the relative impact of social networks and […]

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