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2019 RSA Europe Summer College Instructors

Skills, Mobility and Entrepreneurship

2019 RSA Europe Socio-Spatial Dynamics Summer College, Cagliari, Sardinia

 Riccardo Crescenzi, London School of Economics, UK

Prof Riccardo Crescenzi is (Full) Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics where he is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). Riccardo is the current holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, one of the most competitive research funding schemes in Europe. He is also an Associate at the Centre for International Development (CID) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Taubman Centre, at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence). Riccardo has provided academic advice to, amongst others, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Parliament, the European Commission (DG Regional Policy), the Inter-American Investment Bank (IADB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and various national and regional governments. Riccardo is the 2016 recipient of the Talented Young Italians Award for ‘Research and Innovation’ “in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments” and the 2017 recipient of the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award from the North American Regional Science Council for “outstanding contribution to Regional Science Research”. His research is focused on Regional Economic Development and Growth, Innovation, Multinational Firms and the analysis and evaluation of European Union development policies. [back to top]

Maria Chiara Di Guardo, University of Cagliari, Italy

Maria Chiara Di Guardo is Full Professor of Innovation Management and Organization Studies at the University of Cagliari (Italy). She also holds the position of Vice-Rector for Innovation, Director of the CREA – Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities at the same university. She earned her PhD in Business Economics from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2003. Di Guardo’s research has focused on how to organize efficiently the innovation process as well as the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, her studies have fostered and challenged a better understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship can create development opportunities in areas with scarce entrepreneurial vocation. She has published a number of research articles for high standing international journals including, Research Policy, Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Technology Transfer, Small Business Economics, Long Range Planning, Strategic Organization, Science and Public Policy, The Service Industries Journal, Management Research. She is also the author or coauthor of books related to innovation management and entrepreneurship.  [back to top]

Frederick Guy, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Frederick Guy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management of Birkbeck, University of London. He received his BS in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley; worked for twelve years as a manager, consultant, and company director in consumer cooperatives in grocery retailing, wholesaling, and housing; received his PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and spent two years at the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge University, before joining Birkbeck. His book The Global Environment of Business is published by Oxford University Press. His current research deals with the effects of social insurance on skill formation; the contribution of monopoly and finance to regional economic disparities; and the political economy of the Anthropocene epoch.  [back to top]

Dieter F. Kogler, Spatial Dynamics Lab, UCDublin, Ireland

Dieter F. Kogler is the co-founder and academic director of the UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab.  He is an Associate Prof. in Economic Geography at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at 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, innovation, and economic growth.  Dr. Kogler is an ERC Starter Grant Holder with the following project title: Technology Evolution in Regional Economies (TechEvo). This is a 5-year, €1.5m research project with the objective to produce a series of economic indicators, models and tools which will enable firms and policy makers, across Europe, to make more informed and better location-based investment decisions to boost innovation and drive regional prosperity; see here for further details. 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.  He is an Editor of Regional Studies and an Editorial Board member of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, both of which are highly regarded top-tier peer-reviewed journals concerned with research on the spatial dimensions of contemporary socio-economic processes. Further, Dr. Kogler is also an editor of the Economic Geography book series published by Springer. Since 2014 he is a Board Member (Conference and Events Coordinator) of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), which serves as a global forum for city and regional research, development and policy, as well as an Associate Editor for the RSA’s interdisciplinary open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science. In 2016, he spent a period as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for North South Economic Research(CRENoS) at the University of Cagliari and University of Sassari in Sardinia, Italy. [back to top]

Sabrina Lai, University of Cagliari, Italy

A Civil Engineer, Sabrina received her Ph.D. in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Cagliari (Italy) in 2009 and her MSc in International Planning & Development from Cardiff University (UK) in 2007. Her research interests and publications focus on environmental planning and relationships between spatial planning and preservation of natural resources at the regional scale, spanning from land-cover/land-use analyses to ecosystem services assessment and its integration into planning, from institutional tools for biodiversity conservation (prominently, natural protected areas and green infrastructures) to environmental assessments. She is presently an officer at the Department for the Environment of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, and an editor of “Regional Studies, Regional Science” (Early Career Section), the open access journal of the Regional Studies Association. [back to top] 

Michela Loi, University of Cagliari, Italy

Michela Loi is Assistant Professor of   Innovation Management and Organization Studies at the University of Cagliari. Her research interests are at the intersection of entrepreneurship, organization and innovation. Mainly, her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms, such as learning, that drive entrepreneurial behaviour in the creation of new business and existing businesses. Topics of interest include organizational learning, entrepreneurial organization, the creation of new businesses and, more generally, the individual-context nexus in the generation of change and innovation. [back to top]

Elona Marku, University of Cagliari, Italy

Elona Marku is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business awarded with the Doctor Europaeus label, and an M.Sc., cum Laude, in International Management from the same university. She also was visiting scholar at Columbia Business School (Columbia University, NYC) and Cass Business School (City, University of London). Her research focused on the strategic management of technology and innovation and the implications of these for firm performance. Current projects investigate the dynamics related to digital transformation and the diffusion of emerging technologies (i.e., Blockchain) at the industry level. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Technology Transfer, Scientometrics, Journal of Management and Governance, and Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. She also co-authored several book chapters and conference proceedings. [back to top]

Emanuela Marrocu, CRENoS, Università di Cagliari, Italy

Emanuela Marrocu is Full Professor of Econometrics at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari. She is Director of the Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENoS), University of Cagliari and University of Sassari. She attained her PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) in 2000. Her main research fields are: spatial econometrics and time series econometrics; productivity analysis at regional and firm level; determinants of knowledge diffusion and innovative performance; tourism economics. [back to top]

Ernest Miguelez, University of Bordeaux, France

Ernest Miguelez is research fellow (Chargé de Recherche) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), attached to the GREThA – UMR CNRS 5113, University of Bordeaux. He received his PhD from the University of Barcelona in 2013. Before joining the GREThA – UMR CNRS 5113, he held a Research Economist Position at the Economics and Statistics Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN specialised agency based in Geneva. He is also visiting fellow of the Regional Quantitative Analysis Research Group (AQR-IREA) and external research fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). He has also spent time as a Visitor at the University of Manchester, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Bocconi University, the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), and the University of Melbourne. He currently runs the ANR’s funded project TKC, which includes a workshop series on Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy. From 2015 to 2018, he acted as Early Career Editor of Regional Studies. His research interests cover economic geography, innovation economics, migration, patent data and intellectual property. [back to top]

Andrea Morrison,Utrecht University, Netherlands

Andrea Morrison is currently Marie-Curie Fellow at the Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University and Associate Professor at Utrecht University. His research interests lie in the areas of evolutionary economics, innovation studies, economic geography and economic development. He has investigated extensively topics like system of innovation, industrial clusters, knowledge networks, global value chain and geography of science. More recently he turned his attention to international migration as driver of innovation and technological diversification. [back to top]

Alessandro Plaisant, Universita di Sassari, Italy

I’m an associate professor of the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, the University of Sassari, where I teach Urban Planning and Analysis of urban systems. I held a Ph.D. at the University of Cagliari, after spending eight month as a fellow at the School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies, the University of Melbourne, focusing my research on decision-making processes in public policymaking, strategic planning, policies and pluralism-oriented tools. I combine my research activities with higher education, international and institutional cooperation activities, as director of the II level International Master’s Program “Advanced Methods and Tools for Sustainable Planning”, developed in academic cooperation with Harbin Institute of Technology  and as scientific coordinator of the activities planned for the funded national call “extraordinary Program of intervention for urban redevelopment and security of the metropolitan suburbs”, specifically in Sant’Avendrace district, the Municipality of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Among my recent publications: Urban regeneration of peripheral areas: the critical role of the connective space in an italian city. (Aa.Vv) Urban Design Journal, 2018; Planning for S.M.A.R.T. development: a bottom up approach to lead knowledge-based tourism development in low density rural districts (Aa.Vv.), INPUT, 2016. [back to top]

Andrea Salvatori, OECD

Andrea Salvatori is currently a Labour Economist at the OECD. Andrea completed his PhD studies in Economics at the University of Warwick in 2009, where he was an EST Marie Curie Fellow and a Teaching Fellow. He was then a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economics Research (ISER) of the University of Essex untill 2017. His research is in Applied Microeconometrics and Labour Economics. He has conducted research on job quality, the effect of technology on the labour market, unions, temporary employment, the wellbeing effects of employment protection legislation, the effects of the minimum wage on the job entry probability of the unemployed, the effect of welfare reforms on labour market participation in the UK. [back to top]

Marte C. W. Solheim

Marte C. W. Solheim is a Postdoctoral researcher in studies of  Diversity and Innovation at the Centre of Innovation Research, UiS Business School, University of Stavanger, Norway. She carries out research on diversity (foreign workers, diversity in experience) and innovation, combining insights from organizational theory and innovation studies with that of economic geography. For more information, please see: Personal University website or her researchgate-profile [back to top]

Stefano Usai, CRENoS, Università di Cagliari, Italy

Stefano Usai is a full professor of Applied Economics at the University of Cagliari and a researcher of CRENoS (Center for North-South Economic Research). He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences. He graduated in Political Science, majoring in Economics, at the University of Cagliari, then received the M.A. in Economics and the Mphil in Industrial and Business Studies at the University of Warwick and later the Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Naples. His research focus is on regional economic development and growth, with special emphasis on knowledge production and diffusion, and processes related to technological change, innovation and structural change. Current projects include topics on green innovation, dynamics of regional specialization in European and Italian regions and international and interregional trade. He is Associate Editor of Regional Studies. [back to top]

Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester, UK

Elvira Uyarra is Reader in Innovation Policy and Strategy at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) where she is also director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and program director of the MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. She is also Professor II at the Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Western Norway.   Elvira’s research activities center on: regional science and innovation policy; spatial dimensions of knowledge and innovation; evolutionary approaches to public policy, universities and regional development, and the innovation impact of public procurement. Elvira is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and Chair of the North West of England branch of the RSA. [back to top]

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