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2017 RSA Annual Conference Plenary Speakers

the Great Regional Awakening: New Directions

Plenary 1: The Growth and Diffusion of Knowhow

Professor Ricardo Hausmann, Director of Centre for International Development, Harvard University, USA

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University.

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Plenary 1

Mr Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of OECD Regional Development Policy Division, OECD, France

Joaquim Oliveira Martins is currently the Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division and supervises projects on regional and urban economics, governance, regional statistics and well-being. He was former Head of the OECD Structural Economic Statistics Division, where he focused on Trade & Globalisation studies, Productivity measurement and Business statistics. He is author of many academic articles and OECD publications. When Senior Economist at the OECD Economics Department, he coordinated and authored reports on Policy Response to the Threat of Global Warming, Competition, Regulation and Performance, Ageing & Growth, Investment in Tertiary Education, and Public Health Expenditure Projections. He was also Head of Desk for Emerging markets, in charge of the first OECD Economic Surveys of Brazil, Chile and several transition countries. Before the OECD, he was Research Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII, Paris). He holds a MSc in Econometrics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (FAcSS).

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CURDS Plenary 2: Regional Policy from National Strategy to EU Bargaining Framework. What has been Lost in Translation

Professor Flavia Martinelli, Department of Architecture & Territory, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy

Flavia Martinelli graduated at the School of Architecture of the University of Florence in 1976 and obtained a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. She is currently Full Professor of Analysis of Territorial Systems at the School of Architecture of the University of Reggio Calabria. Her work focuses on the territorial dimension of socioeconomic development processes and on regional disparities – at the local, regional, international scale – as well as on public policies geared to support the development of depressed areas and govern territorial transformations. Within this general framework, her main analytical fields are: industrial processes and models (large firms, de-industrialisation and outsourcing, industrial districts); the service sector and its articulation (services for production and for reproduction); tourism; development policies (European, national, regional and local); territorial planning tools (integrated, negotiated, strategic programmes). Her privileged domain of investigation is the historically lagging South of Italy, but in a broader comparative perspective. The approach to territorial analysis is multi-disciplinary: spatial systems and their differences are considered as the territorially embedded historical outcome of complex interactions between accumulation and institutions (economy, society, politics and culture), within specific regions and areas, as well as between these and the broader national and international context. Flavia Martinelli’s comparative perspective is witnessed by her continued participation to research projects and academic networks of European and/or international standing, as well as by her international publications. This approach is also reflected in her teaching and institutional activities.

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Plenary 3: The New Social Transformation of the City and the Paradoxes of Inequality

Professor Robert J. Sampson, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, USA

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and taught at the University of Chicago for twelve years before moving to Harvard in 2003. He also taught at the University of Illinois in his first faculty position.

Sampson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He served as President of the American Society of Criminology in 2011-2012 and in June 2011 he and his colleague John Laub received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. In 2016 he was elected as Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Sampson’s research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, inequality, “ecometrics,” and the social structure of the city.  He is the author of several books and numerous articles—see the links to vita, selected papers, books, projects, data, classes, and interviews. In 2012 (2013, paperback edition) the University of Chicago Press  published Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect, the culmination of over a decade of research based on the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), which Sampson served as Scientific Director. For an intellectual biography see the National Academy of Sciences (2008).

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Plenary 3. Greenovation: Linking Regional Development and Climate Action

Professor Joan Fitzgerald, College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Northeastern University, USA

Joan Fitzgerald focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic development and innovation. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. Emerald Cities builds on her 2002 book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb (Sage), which identifies strategies for incorporating sustainability and social justice goals into urban economic development planning. In 2012 she published a three-volume anthology, Cities and Sustainability. Fitzgerald has published in academic journals such as Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Local Environment, Economic Development Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Urban Affairs, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and the political quarterly, The American Prospect. Her academic and consulting work has been supported by the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller, Surdna, Century, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations and the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network. She has also conducted research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Boston Housing Authority and other government agencies. She is currently working on her next book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Action, which examines how cities advance green technologies. In addition, she is examining governance of green storm water infrastructure. She teaches “Cities, Sustainability and Climate Change” and “Urban Revitalization.” Before coming to Northeastern University, Joan taught urban planning and policy at the New School University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University.

She is the former director of the Law and Public Policy program at Northeastern University and also served as interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs from 2012 until 2014. Under Joan’s leadership, the school established new connections across Northeastern and throughout the Boston community. Through the Smart and Sustainable Cities hiring initiative, Joan transformed the faculty of the Policy School. She fostered and led new programmatic initiatives such as the Urban Informatics master’s degree and certificate programs and the development of the Resilient Cities Lab. She expanded SPPUA’s Open Classroom series to include topics such as climate change, health policy, and water in an era of climate change.

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Plenary 3. The Rise of Extractive Logics: Who Owns the City?

Professor Saskia Sassen, Department of Sociology, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001.  Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to and

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Plenary 4

Professor Ammon Salter, School of Management, University of Bath, UK

Ammon Salter is a Professor of Innovation at the School of Management, University of Bath. He received his doctorate from SPRU at the University of Sussex in 1999, where he also worked as a researcher from 1998-2002. From 2003-2013, he was a faculty member at Imperial College London, acting as the co-Director of the Innovation Studies Centre. From 2009-2013, he was the Research Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre, which was collaboration between Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. His research has been published widely, in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change and California Management Review. His current research focuses on open and distributed models of innovation, social networks and innovation, and university-industry collaboration and typically involves engagement with policy and practice through collaborative projects with industrial and governmental partners.

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Plenary 4: Democracy, Devolution and the Politics of Knowledge-production

Professor Jane Wills, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Jane Wills is Professor of Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests focus on the changing geo-political-economy of work, new forms of urban political alliances including community organising and living wage campaigns, and the politics and practice of localism in the UK. She has published widely in the field including, Global cities at work (2010), Union futures (2002), Dissident Geographies (2000) and Union retreat and the regions (1996).

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Plenary 5: Financial Geography after the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit

Professor Dariusz Wójcik, School of Geography & the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

Dariusz Wójcik is an economic geographer, specializing in financial geography. He has published three books and over forty articles and book chapters in leading journals and edited volumes. In the last five years he has won several research grants with a value of over £2m as principal or co-principal investigator in the UK and abroad, including a major grant from the Research Grants Council Hong Kong, which allows him to co-lead one of the largest ever research projects on financial centre development in co-operation with lawyers and economists. His contribution to research has been recognized by nominations to the editorial board of Economic Geography and the Journal of Economic Geography, the leading journals in the field, and visiting appointments at the universities in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. He has been involved in shaping the future of economic geography by organizing international and interdisciplinary seminars, and acting as a member of the International Advisory Board for the Third Global Conference on Economic Geography, Seoul 2011. In August 2015, he chaired the Fourth Global Conference in Economic Geography, which gathered over 670 delegates from more than 60 countries, making it the largest ever event dedicated to economic geography. At the Conference he co-organised the launch of the Global Network on Financial Geography. Beyond academia he has applied his research to influence financial management and corporate governance at public and private institutions. His research has been reported in the Financial Times, Financial News, the Sunday Times, Forbes, RTÉ Ireland and the BBC World Service. Financial Times recently referred to his work presented at the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography with words:

“Now it is the turn of geographers” (John Authers, FT, 20 August 2015, page 28)

His recent book The Global Stock Market: Issuers, Investors and Intermediaries in an Uneven World (OUP 2011) offers a comprehensive picture of the global stock market by focusing on the relationships between issuers, investors, and intermediaries and how these relationships impact the performance of stock markets and the economy of cities, countries, and the world. The book uses rich data and global case studies to examine the rise of emerging markets, the impact of the global financial crisis, the revolution in the stock exchange business model, and the continued dominance of London and New York as financial centres. The Geography of Finance: Corporate Governance in a Global Marketplace (OUP 2007) co-authored with Gordon L. Clark tackles crucial issues regarding the emerging global market for corporate governance. It describes and explains the transformation of European corporate governance in the light of the imperatives driving global financial markets, using and innovative analytical and empirical framework. At present he is co-editing the New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and preparing two monographs Financial Centres Under Pressure and Global Financial Networks and the Offshore World.

Dariusz has a Master’s Degree in Geography from Jagiellonian University (1997), Cracow, a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Cracow University of Economics (1996), and an MSc in Finance and Banking from Stockholm University (1996). He came to Oxford in 1998 as a scholar of the Open Society Institute and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and was awarded the University Studentship in association with Jesus College for a DPhil, completed in 2003 with a thesis entitled “Corporate Governance and Capital Market Integration in Europe: an Economic Geography Perspective”. From 2003 to 2005 he was a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and an outside Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between January 2006 and June 2007 he was a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, the University College London. He was appointed a Lecturer at the School of Geography and the Environment and a Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford in July 2007. In 2015 Dariusz joined Jan Zielonka and Timothy Garton Ash on the Steering Committee of the Programme on Modern Poland, a multidisciplinary initiative to foster teaching and research on contemporary Poland, and academic relationships between Poland and Oxford University.

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Early Career Plenary

Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Pierre-Alexander Balland is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Geography & Planning at Utrecht University, where he serve’s as the deputy-head of the research programme in Economic Geography.

Pierre-Alexandre is facinated by how geography shapes and structures human societies.His research focuses on the geography of knowledge, the geography of networks and sustainable cities. He is particularly interested in the persistant role of geographical proximity in the digital age.

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Early Career Plenary

Rory Horner, University of Manchester, UK

Rory Horner is currently a Lecturer in Globalisation and Political Economy, ESRC Future Research Leader and Hallsworth Research Fellow in the Global Development Institute. An Economic Geographer by training (PhD, Clark University) he has been based at Manchester since September 2013.

Rory’s research explores the changing geographies of global development, with a specific focus on South-South trade and the pharmaceutical industry. Originally from Ireland, he has lived in the USA (and now the UK) and conducted research for various periods of time in India, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,  Ghana and South Africa.

Rory currently has a major ESRC Future Research Leader Award to support his project on “India’s pharmaceuticals, local production and public health security in sub-Saharan Africa: a comparative study”. This is a 3 year award (Sept. 2016-Aug. 2019) to conduct a comparative study of Indian pharmaceuticals and locally manufactured medicines in sub-Saharan Africa (also supported by a Hallsworth Research Fellowship from the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester).

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Early Career Plenary

David Wachsmuth, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, USA

David Wachsmuth is an urban political economist whose research interests include city and regional governance, urban sustainability, social theory, and the politics of urban public space. David works at McGill University, where he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Urban Planning and an Associate Member in the Department of Geography.

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Early Career Plenary

Linda Fox-Rogers, Queens University Belfast, UK

Dr. Linda Fox-Rogers is a lecturer in spatial planning in the School of Natural & Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. Linda graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography and Sociology and is a fully qualified planner having obtained a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning in University College Dublin (UCD) in 2009. She also holds a PhD in Planning and Environmental Policy from UCD and has experience of working within the private planning and procurement sectors. Linda currently sits on the Council of the Irish Planning Institute as Convener of the Policy and Research Committee.

Linda’s research is guided by her interest in the analysis of governance processes in the fields of land-use planning, urban development and environmental policy. She is particularly interested in exploring how the uneven power dynamics between the multiple stakeholders in the planning system play out to produce substantive social, economical and environmental outcomes which often negate sound planning practice. Set against this concern, her research spans three thematic areas: 1) Power and politics in the planning system; 2) The neoliberalisation of the state and planning; and 3) The creative economy and regional development policy.

Linda has been successful in attracting funding from the Irish Research Council where she was awarded a  Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Her work has been disseminated at a range of international and national conferences and is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design; Cities; Planning Theory, Geoforum, Town Planning Review, and Growth and Change.

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