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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 of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of human capital in shaping labor market, innovation and entrepreneurial outcomes. Among others, she studies how individual preferences and constraints relate to career […]

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 the London School of Economics and subsequently served as Assistant Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning of Utrecht University. Andrea’s […]

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 international footprint. Sally has become an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events, advocating on […]

Nadir Kinossian is Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany. His research interests include territorial development, multilevel governance, cultural landscapes, and the post-socialist city. Recently, he has been working on the agentic and institutional aspects of change in old industrial regions in Europe and Russia. Currently, he is the Project […]

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 Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation and Localized innovation policies for Sustainable Development in Africa. Previously, she worked on the analysis of research & innovation […]

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 concepts and the embedding of these in evolutionary governance systems. His current research focuses on analyzing the effectiveness of strategic spatial planning instruments in supporting the social and economic […]

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 out research on diversity and innovation, combining insights from organizational theory, innovation studies and economic geography She is invited to speak at national diversity conferences as […]

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 Innovation for the university’s faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in local, regional and international economic development as a researcher, […]

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 Indigenous self-determination in policy and development decision-making processes. As a settler (non-Indigenous) scholar with English/Mi’kmaw ancestry, Brady explores the roles and responsibilities of researchers engaging in community-based participatory […]

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 development and innovation. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green […]

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) of Maastricht University. Julia holds her MA degree in European Public Affairs (2021) and BA degree in European Studies (2020). Her research interests include European […]

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 Regional Science from 2002 to 2006. She has published over 100 papers on multinational firms’ locational strategies, foreign direct investment, trade, and […]

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 Indigenous self-determination in policy and development decision-making processes. As a settler (non-Indigenous) scholar with English/Mi’kmaw ancestry, Brady explores the roles and responsibilities of researchers engaging in community-based participatory […]

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 development. She is particularly interested in how changes in population size and composition interact with regional disparities and innovation. Her research in economic geography engages with […]

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 Innovation for the university’s faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in local, regional and international economic development as a researcher, […]

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 various aspects linked to the economic development of EU regions and cities. More recently, her research has focused on the analysis of the so-called “geography of […]

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 (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and academic member of the LSE Council (2016-2020). Since 01/09/ 2016 she has been affiliate faculty member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute […]

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 Studies since 2013, first as its inaugural Early Career Editor and then section editor for ‘Urban and Regional Horizons’. His recent publications include the […]

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 University. I am also one of four chairs appointed to expand our international, cross-disciplinary reputation in Spatial Analytics and Modelling (SAM@Newcastle) and, as of Fall 2018, a Fellow […]

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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 at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv; Deputy Head of the Ukraine Programme for the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Research Director at the Institute for Public […]

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 researches transportation infrastructure and natural resource development in northern frontiers, namely the Arctic, Russian Far East, and along the more remote corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. […]

olga mrinska

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 at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv; Deputy Head of the Ukraine Programme for the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Research Director at the Institute for Public […]

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 recent studies have included studies on whether high-technology growth benefits low-skilled workers, inclusive growth, and new forms of innovation policy. Before joining academia, he was head […]

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 […]

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