Irina Rakhmeeva is a postdoctoral researcher and associated professor in the Department of regional and municipal economy and management of Ural State University of Economics. She combines this work with civil service. Irina worked in the Ministry of industry and the Ministry of economy of the Sverdlovsk region for 10 years.
Irina has got a basic higher education in the field of physics. Interest in the structure and functioning of complex socio-economic systems led her to the sphere of regional economy. And the desire to benefit their region led to public service. She did her PhD on “regional aspects of development and spatial organization of industrial innovation infrastructure”. Her current interests are institutional conditions, regulation, regional development and new industrialization of old industrial regions.
Irina’s words of wisdom
I advise to expand your interests, discover new spheres, gain new knowledge in unexpected areas. This will enrich your key activities, help you become more effective and live more interesting. For example, knowledge of physics helps me to model economic processes. However, it is easy to get lost in the ocean of information and opportunities today. It is great that there are such organizations as the RSA, which concentrates regional research and creates academic networks. You can present your results to narrow experts, attend international conferences and get involved in cross-regional research thanks to the Association. I joined the RSA recently and I’m grateful for the opening prospects.