Jacopo Canello is an assistant professor in the Department of Global Economics and Management of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. For several years, he has worked as Research Economist for an advisory agency of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance in Rome. In 2016, he moved to the US to work as assistant professor at UNC Charlotte, before moving to the Netherlands in 2018.
Jacopo has got a basic higher education in the field of regional economics. He earned his Master of Science in Trinity College Dublin and his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, with a thesis on Evolutionary Change and Resilience in industrial districts. His current interests are regional resilience, evolution of subcontracting networks in industrial regions, production relocation and global value chains. Jacopo was recently awarded one of the RSA Early Career Grants for the project “Production relocation and subcontractors’ resilience in manufacturing regions: does upgrading help to survive structural shocks?”.
Jacopo’s words of wisdom
I advise to broaden your horizons beyond the academic world. Your ability to establish successful links with other academics and also with policy makers is crucial to increase the impact and visibility of your research, as well as to communicate your findings to a broader audience. In my case, the diverse set of experiences I had inside and outside academia in five different countries has helped me to establish a broad network of academic partners and policy experts which I can now exploit to promote and further develop my research interests. My attitude to work in diverse teams has helped me to adopt an integrated approach that combines the passion for academic rigour with the ability to draw policy implications from the empirical models I use for my research.
Being a member of RSA is a unique opportunity to expose your work to a more diverse audience. I have been a proud member of this community since I was a PhD student. During the last few years, I have had the chance to attend several RSA conferences around the world, building my professional network and expanding my social circle. The RSA EC grant will now help me to further develop my research interests, exploring the consequences of international fragmentation of production on local economies.