Prof. ANDRES RODRIGUEZ-POSE, PhD
Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He was the President of the Regional Science Association International, where he served also as Vice-President in 2014. He has also been Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association. He is a regular advisor to numerous international organizations, including the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America. He is an editor of Economic Geography and sits on the editorial board of 30 other scholarly journals, including many of the leading international journals in economic geography, human geography, regional science, and management. He is the former holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Personal web page: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/rodrigu1/
Prof. PETER NIJKAMP, PhD
Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics, and in economic geography at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. From 2009 until 2015, he was Honorary University Professor at the same university. He has been president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) (2002-2009). He is also former president of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and former vice-president of this organization. In 1996, Peter Nijkamp was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award.
Personal web page: https://sbe.vu.nl/en/departments-and-institutes/spatial-economics/staff/p-nijkamp/index.aspx
Prof. Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, PhD
Tomaz Ponce Dentinho is the coordinator of the Group for Nature Conservation and Management at the Azores University, in Angra, Portugal, and member of the Research Centre for Applied Economics of the Atlantic based in Ponta Delgada. He is the promoter and coordinator of the Master on the Management of Nature Conservation and of the PhD on Interdisciplinary Management of the Landscape (joint PhD with the University of Évora and the Technical University of Lisbon. He is a lecturer on: economics (undergraduate); regional and urban economics (undergraduate, master and doctorate programmes), environmental economics (master), cost-benefit analysis (master) and agricultural economics (undergraduate). His research group, involving around ten researchers undertake studies on regional sustainable development, integrated water management, marine resources’ economics, agricultural economics and cost-benefit analysis. Since 2008, he chairs the Portuguese Association for Regional Development (www.apdr.pt). Since 2007 he is a member of the European Organizing Committee of the European Regional Science Association. Since 2010 he is a member of Council of the Regional Science Association International. He is Executive Director of the Regional Science Association International.
Prof. ROBERTO CAMAGNI, PhD
Full professor of Urban Economics and of Economic Assessment of urban transformations, Politecnico di Milano and Decano (Dean) of the Faculty of Architecture and Society; he is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional and Urban Economics. Served as Head of the Department for Urban Affairs at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome, under the Prodi Government, 1997-98, and was Vice-president of the Group on Urban Affairs of the Territorial Development Service of OECD, Paris, 1998. Past President of the European Regional Science Association (2003-2005) and of the Italian Regional Science Association – AISRe (1990-93). He is the author of more than 150 international scientific publications and more than 100 national publications. He is President of the GREMI- Groupe de Recherche Européen sur le Milieux Innovateurs, located at Sorbonne University, since 1987.Has worked for the DG Regio of the EU, the OECD, the French DATAR, the Italian Ministers of Public Works and European Affairs, the ESPON project of the European Commission and for many Italian and European Regional and Urban Governments in the fields of innovation diffusion, regional development forecasting modelling, urban strategic planning, territorial impact assessment of EU policies, economic assessment of urban transformations. In 2010 was awarded the Prize of the ERSA - European Regional Science Association / EIB - European Investment Bank and in 2008 the Prize of the Fondazione Confalonieri, Milan, for his studies in urban sustainable development.
Personal web page: http://www.abc.polimi.it/en/teaching-staff/CAMAGNI-ROBERTO
KARIMA KOURTIT, PhD
Karima Kourtit is post-doc researcher at KTH (with a double Ph.D. degree both in economics and geography (with distinction), with a profound interest in regional and urban topics. Her main research interest focuses on the emerging ‘New Urban World’. Her main scientific research is in the field of creative industries, urban development, cultural heritage, digital technology, and strategic performance management. Lately, she has been involved in the implementation of national and international research projects and initiatives. Furthermore, she has been involved as a guest editor of several books and many international journals, and has published a wide array of scientific papers, articles, special issues of journals and edited volumes in the field of geography and the spatial sciences.
Assistant Prof. VINKO MUŠTRA, PhD
Vinko Muštra is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split with a profound interest in regional and urban topics. His main research interest is in the field of smart specialization, urban development, agglomeration economies and EU regional policy. He has been involved in the implementation of national and international research projects and initiatives. Also he has published a wide array of scientific papers and articles in the field of spatial sciences. Furthermore, he is Chairperson of the Organizing committee of the International Conference “Challenges of Europe”.
Assistant Prof. BLANKA ŠIMUNDIĆ, PhD
Blanka Šimundić is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split. She has experience in teaching and profound interest in tourism economics, and global perspectives of transport and tourism demand and supply. Her main scientific research is in the field of economic policy and development, EU regional policy and the economics of travel and tourism. She has also published scientific papers in the field of tourism demand, input-output analysis, economic development and smart specialisation. She has been involved in the development of national/regional/urban development strategies and national and international research projects.