2019 RSA Winter Conference Plenary Speakers
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and a part-time Professor of Innovation at the University of Stavanger (Norway). He is past-President of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). He is a regular advisor to many international organisations, including the European Commission, the World Bank and numerous UN agencies. He was awarded the 2018 ERSA Prize in Regional Science and has been a holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2019 he received Doctorates Honoris Causa from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Jönköping University (Sweden). He is an editor of Economic Geography, and sits on the editorial board of 33 other scholarly journals.
Mia Gray is an economic geographer at Cambridge University and a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. Gray received her Masters from the University of California at Berkeley and her PhD from Rutgers University. She is interested in how the economy is regulated, shaped and structured by our formal and informal institutions. Mia works at the intersection of political economy, and economic and labour geographies.
Gray has studied and published about regional economies for over 20 years. She has focused on the regional implications of changing structures of work: rising precarity, the “gig” economy, underemployment, alternative finance, and gendered and racialised patterns of inclusion and exclusion. More recently, her research on contemporary austerity covers the UK, the US, and Canada – exploring issues of the changing structure of the state, public spaces, welfare reform, and debt. In addition to her academic work, Gray is extremely active in the community of regional economic scholars. After a stint as the co-editor of Regional Studies, for the last 10 years, she has been co-editor and co-founder of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. She is a board member of the Cambridge Centre for Business Research, a senior analyst and research fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, and is also the Vice Chair of Communication & Public Engagement for the Regional Studies Association.