Cities and Regions: Managing Growth and Change
- Plenary 1. New Manufacturing Model and Implications for Regional Development (Professor Lisa De Propris, Birmingham Business School, UK)
- Plenary 2. Socializing Data: Mapping Culture and Governance in the Era of Smart Cities (Professor Matthew Zook, University of Kentucky, USA)
- Plenary 3. The Evolution of Knowledge Spaces: Inventors, Firms, Regions (Dr. Dieter Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland)
- Plenary 4. Regional Vulnerability and Resilience in an Epoch of Anthropocene (Professor Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University, USA)
- Plenary 5. Sustainable for whom? Regional Planning in the 21st Century (Professor Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, USA)
- Plenary 6. (Professor David Rigby, UCLA, USA)
Plenary 1. New Manufacturing Model and Implications for Regional Development
Professor Lisa De Propris, Birmingham Business School, UK
Lisa De Propris is 2015 is Professor of Regional Economic Development, Birmingham Business School, UK. She has expertise in manufacturing and service clusters/districts, creative industries, regional economic development, industrial policy and EU cohesion policy. She is currently involved in two FP7 project on Wealth-Work-Welfare for Europe and on Smartculture; and she is leading two EU funded H2020 projects: MAKERS – Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions- RISE Actions (www.makers-rise.org )and SKILLUP – Skill development and firm upgrading to sustain the competitiveness of the EU manufacturing sector funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-IF Actions.
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Plenary 2. Socializing Data: Mapping Culture and Governance in the Era of Smart Cities
Professor Matthew Zook, University of Kentucky, USA
Matthew Zook is a Professor in the Geography department at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as the Director of GIS Initiative and heads the The DOLLY Project, a repository of billions of geolocated social media.
His research interest centers on spatiality of technology and innovation, particular the ways in which it interacts with the organization of the economy. This includes work on the geographies of high frequency trading, how flows of material goods in the global economy are shaped by immaterial flows of information and the use of “big data” in “smart cities” policies. Other work focuses on the interaction of user-generated data with code, space and place in the construction of everyday, lived geographies.
He serves on the NSF funded Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society and is an associate editor for the journals, Big Data & Society and AAG’s new GeoHumanities journal.
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Plenary 3. The Evolution of Knowledge Spaces: Inventors, Firms, Regions
Dr. Dieter Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dieter F. Kogler is a lecturer in economic geography and director of graduate studies at the School of Geography, University College Dublin. His research focus is on the geography of innovation and evolutionary economic geography, with particular emphasis on knowledge production and diffusion, and processes related to technological change and innovation. He is involved in several multidisciplinary and multi-collaborative research projects, and has recently edited two special journal issues on the topics of global and regional dynamics in knowledge flows and innovation networks (European Planning Studies, 09/2013) and evolutionary economic geography (Regional Studies, 05/2015). His career path combines professional, education and research experience acquired in Europe, the United States, and Canada within a variety of areas pertaining to the spatial analysis of socio-economic phenomena.
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Plenary 4. Regional Vulnerability and Resilience in an Epoch of Anthropocene
Professor Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University, USA
Robin Leichenko is Professor and Chair of Geography at Rutgers University and co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Her research explores economic vulnerability to climate change, equity implications of climate adaptation, and the interplay between climate extremes and urban spatial development. Leichenko chairs the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. She also served as a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Her book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (2008, Oxford University Press), won the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution from the Association of American Geographers
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Plenary 5. Sustainable for whom? Regional Planning in the 21st Century
Professor Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapple specializes in housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning. She has most recently published on job creation on industrial land (in Economic Development Quarterly), regional governance in Peru (in Rural Studies), and accessory dwelling units as a smart growth policy (in the Journal of Urbanism). Her recent book (Routledge, September 2014) is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. In Fall 2015, she launched the Urban Displacement Project, a research portal examining patterns of residential, commercial, and industrial displacement, as well as policy and planning solutions. In 2015, Chapple’s work on climate change and tax policy won the UC-wide competition for the Bacon Public Lectureship, which promotes evidence-based public policy and creative thinking for the public good.
As a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, Chapple is currently engaged in three research projects related to sustainability planning in California, specifically, on regional planning and residential and commercial/industrial displacement. Since 2006, Chapple has led the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, which has provided over $2 million in technical assistance to community-based organizations and government agencies. This included research on the potential for gentrification and displacement near transit-oriented development; more effective planning for affordable housing and economic development near transit; the relationship between the arts, commercial and residential revitalization in low-income neighborhoods; and the role of the green economy and industrial land in the California economy. From 2011-13, she led a national contest sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to generate ideas for local and state job creation targeting disadvantaged communities. Chapple has also worked on regional and local economic development research projects in Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia, and Abu Dhabi. She continues to provide policy advice to many elected officials and agencies in the Bay Area and Sacramento and also serves as a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission (appointee of Lori Droste).
Chapple holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to UC Berkeley. From 2006-2009, she held the Theodore Bo and Doris Shoong Lee Chair in Environmental Design. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. Prior to academia, Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco.
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Professor David Rigby, UCLA, USA
David Rigby (Ph.D., McMaster, 1988) is a Professor with research interests in evolutionary economic geography, geographies of innovation and knowledge flow, technological change and regional economic growth. Dr. Rigby teaches classes on geographies of technological change and economic growth and on globalization.
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