2021 RSA Europe Winter College Speakers

RSA Europe Winter College 2021, online event


Sarah Ayres

University of Bristol, UK
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Simona Iammarino

London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She was Head of Department (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and academic member of the LSE Council (2016-2020). Since 01/09/ 2016 she has been affiliate faculty member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, Italy. She was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA) in 2017, and Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) in 2018. Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; Regional and local economic development and policy. She has published more than 60 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, two co-authored books, around 30 book chapters, and numerous working papers, policy reports and other publications. She is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Geography, and was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013). Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, and in consultancy projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.
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Austin Kilroy

Senior Economist, The World Bank, Croatia
Austin Kilroy is an operational staff member at the World Bank. He has worked in Europe, Africa, and Asia, especially on projects related to subnational economic development. Amongst a total of 87 projects, he co-led the Bank’s initiative on city competitiveness and has led a multi-sector team of 100+ people to support the Government of Croatia in addressing lagging regions. His PhD (M.I.T., 2011) dissertation was on business transactions and interethnic trust. He is becoming increasingly interested in the dynamics of collective intelligence.

Karol Olejniczak

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland
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Rhiannon Pugh

CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden
I am a senior lecturer in Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University Sweden. My research interests include: regional economic development; economic geographies of weaker, post-industrial and peripheral regions; the roles of universities in regional development; gender perspectives within economic geography. I am handling editor of the early career section of the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science and co co-ordinator of the research network on gender and regional studies, funded by the Regional Studies Association.
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Brady Reid

University of Guelph, Canada
Brady is working towards a Ph.D. in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. His research interests intersect environmental stewardship, rural community development, and Indigenous self-determination in policy and development decision-making processes. As a settler (non-Indigenous) scholar with English/Mi’kmaw ancestry, Brady explores the roles and responsibilities of researchers engaging in community-based participatory research including self-reflection and critical thinking throughout the research process.
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Paolo Veneri

OECD, France
Paolo Veneri is the Deputy Head of the Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. His work focuses on urban and regional development, including understanding and measuring urbanisation, well-being and spatial inequalities. He leads the statistical work for cities and regions at the OECD and the OECD Geospatial Lab. He led several OECD flagship publications including “Cities in the World. A New perspective on urbanisation” (2020), “Regions and Cities at a Glance” editions, “Divided Cities” (2018), “The Geography of Firm Dynamics” (2017), “Making cities work for all” (2016), “How’s Life in your Region?” (2014) and “Rural-urban partnerships: an integrated approach to economic development” (2013). He holds a PhD in Economics and he has published numerous papers in academic journals within the field of urban economics and regional studies. He teaches Urban and Regional Economics at the Paris Dauphine University.

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