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People Categories: Membership Research

Vassilis Tselios

 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 […]

Adriana Mihaela Soaita

Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania You can read more about this research here: THE RESEARCH PUZZLE: It is striking that a great majority of Europeans believe corruption is widespread in their countries, yet few have experienced it. In the least corrupt EU states of Denmark, Finland and […]

Carolina Castaldi

“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 […]

Joanie Willett

Understanding Brexit and Trump in Post-Industrial, Peripheral Areas: Implications for Regional Development 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, often urban ‘core’, regions; and peripheral localities in decline.  As we have seen in recent elections in the UK, […]

Heike Mayer

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 […]

Elisa Giuliani

Rethinking regional development agendas: Human rights and economic growth into perspective 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 value chains; of damages to human health and right to life […]

James T. Murphy

Generative Urbanization in Emerging Africa? The Case of Konza Techno City 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 experienced steady growth and urbanization since the early 2000s.  In response, the country’s leaders […]

Andrea Morrison

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) This project contributes to the literature on migration impact by focusing on the effects of immigration on innovation at city level. The main aim is to quantitatively assess the impact […]

Xabier Gainza

The electoral bias: distributive politics and local development in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia This research seeks to address the existence of an electoral bias in the distribution of investment in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, and its implications for territorial cohesion. The aim is to determine if electoral concerns drive the allocation of investment […]

Carolyn Cartier

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 […]

Judit Kalman

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 […]

Yannis Psycharis

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 […]

Rüdiger Wink

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 […]

Luisa Corrado

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 […]

Elodie Fabre

Citizen engagement and regional democracy This project will assess whether regionalisation contributes to the development of more active civic arenas in the autonomous regions and nations of Spain and the United Kingdom. This research will evaluate whether some institutional settings and political parties as well as the smaller scale of regional politics encourage citizen participation. […]

Raffaella Calabrese

Modelling spatial dependence in mortgage credit models The recent financial crisis in the US has generated concerns about credit contagion, that is, how the deterioration of a borrower’s future ability to honour his/her debt obligations can affect the ability of other borrowers to repay. After the housing credit boom in the mid-­‐2000s, the housing downturn […]

Etienne Nel

The role of regional and local agencies and actors in responding to economic crises and opportunities in New Zealand and Australia This study aims to gain applied and theoretical insights into responses to increasing socioeconomic spatial inequalities in Australia and New Zealand and to assess the degree to which regional and local agencies are responding, […]

Sabine Dörry

The role of the state in building sustainable financial centres: comparing London, Luxembourg and Singapore This research aims at systematising, conceptualising, and better comprehending the State and its role(s) as a key actor in building the financial centre of the future. Two factors inform this research project: 1) International financial centres (IFCs) as key ‘production […]

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