ANDRES RODRIGUEZ-POSE Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and former 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/


A doctor in economics and accredited to supervise research. He is currently 1st class research professor at the INRA (National Institute for Agronomic Research), involved in Agro Paris Tech and guest lecturer in several French Universities. His research was for a long time at the cross roads of spatial and industrial economics; It has in recent years become more multi-disciplinary and focused increasingly on questions related to land use planning and territorial development processes. He has published many articles and a few books , mostly on issues related to space and coordination between people or groups of people.
His research currently focuses on the analysis of proximity relations and on their importance in processes of coordination between people. It centres on two main areas:
1. Local interactions between innovative firms and, more particularly, the role played by geographical proximity in the transfer of knowledge;
2. Land use and neighbourhood conflicts. This multidisciplinary approach aims to identify and define conflicts, as well as the different ways of managing and solving them.
His involvement in research administration has led him to take on the roles of President of ERSA (the European Regional Science Association), of Director of the PSDR (For and About Regional development) research programs and of managing editor of the Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine (Journal of Regional and Urban Economics). He is also former President of the ASRDLF (French Speaking Regional Science Association).
Personal web page: https://www.andre-torre.com/EN/andre_torre_accueil.php



PETER NIJKAMPEmeritus 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


KARIMA KOURTITKarima 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.


JUKKA TERAS Jukka Teräs holds a Doctor of Science (Technology) degree from University of Oulu in Finland and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics. Jukka has more than 20 years of experience on innovation promotion and regional development from both public and private sectors. He has gained a special expertise on regional clusters, innovation environments, and issues related to non-metropolitan regions. The current tasks at Nordregio include assignments related to Green Growth issues in regional context, too. Jukka has done research in the recent years e.g. on regional resilience, smart specialisation, and digitalization. He has also contributed to Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy development especially in the Nordic regions.
Personal web page: http://www.nordregio.org/staff/jukka-teras


ALBERTO GIACOMETTI Alberto Giacometti is a Research Fellow at Nordregio (Nordic Centre for Regional Development and Planning), where he is engaged in applied research projects in the field of regional development and policy. On behalf of the Nordic thematic group for innovative and resilient regions 2017-2020, under the Nordic Council of Ministers‘ Committee of Civil Servants for Regional Affairs, Alberto has led an in-depth study on Social and Economic Resilience in the Nordic Regions. The study has broadened the discussion on the types of risks Nordic regions are vulnerable to, and what institutional, social and economic structures are essential in coping with uncertainty. Moreover, Alberto is involved in topic-areas such as skills development, green growth, governance and participatory processes.
Personal web page:  http://www.nordregio.org/staff/alberto-giacometti


Mari is a social scientist with a background in international relations and the bioeconomy, and has experience from the biofuels industry. She is particularly interested in research surrounding risk and uncertainty with respects to regulatory impacts on innovation in the bioeconomy, as well as general issues concerning governance and political change.

Personal web page: https://www.nordregio.org/staff/mari-woien-meijer/


VINKO MUSTRA Vinko Muštra is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, 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 the Chairperson of the Organizing committee of the International Conference “Challenges of Europe”.


BLANKA SIMUNDIC 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.