Gala Dinner in the Botanical Garden

The Gala Dinner will be in one of the most suggestive place in Padova: the orto botanico(botanical garden). Founded in 1545 by the Venetian Republic, it is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location. The garden, affiliated with the University of Padova, currently covers roughly 22,000 square meters, and is known for its special collections and historical design.

About 7,000 specimens belonging to 3,500 different species are part of the botanical garden. Nevertheless, in addition to the biodiversity that it hosts, the botanical garden also has a historical importance: born about 500 years ago for the cultivation of medicines coming directly from nature, it is considered today the origin of all botanical gardens of the world. This aspect, its center position of a dense network of international relations, and its profound influence in the scientific environment (both national and European), allowed, in 1997, its inclusion on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. In 2014, an ambitious project permitted its renewal, doubling its area with the construction of the biodiversity garden. These greenhouses host about 1,300 plant species, simulating the climatic conditions of the various environmental systems: from those more favorable to life to the most extreme and inhospitable.

Prof. Roberta Rabellotti, panelist at Rethinking Clusters Workshop

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters Workshop will host Professor Roberta Rabellotti as panelist in a stimulating round table on recent and future trends of cluster research.

Roberta Rabellotti is Professor of Economics at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pavia (Italy). She also holds a position as Assigned Professor at the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and is associated with the IKE (Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics) Research Group (Department of Business and Management) in Copenhagen.

After graduating in Economics at Università Bocconi, she got a Master of Science in Development Economics at the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Since then, she provided several influential contributions focused on regional economics, innovation and development, clusters and small enterprises, multinationals and Global Value Chains. Her article ‘Upgrading in Global Value Chain: lessons from Latin American clusters’, published in World development in 2005 is one of the milestones of the Global Value Chain literature. 

Roberta has widely published in international outlets. She authored more than 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals, more than 16 book chapters and nine books, which were published by Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar, Palgrave and Routledge, among others. Furthermore, she authored numerous working papers, policy reports and other publications, which allowed spreading knowledge on internationalization and development outside academia too. Indeed, her influence span well outside academia; she has been actively engaging with international organizations, especially regarding the supporting of development and innovation in developing countries, with a special focus on Latin America first and China more recently. Indeed, she has provided academic advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, the Inter-American Investment Bank (IADB), OECD; UNIDO; UN-CEPAL, UNCTAD, and various national and regional governments. 

Throughout her career, Roberta participated in and leaded several research and consultancy projects. Furthermore, she actively engaged in the academic community, as member of editorial boards of journals and as part of the board of the Italian Society of Economics, proudly fighting against gender discrimination in academia and in the Economics field in particular.   

Prof. Simona Iammarino, panelist at Rethinking Clusters Workshop

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters Workshop will host Professor Simona Iammarino as panelist in a provocative round table on future trajectories of cluster research.

Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at 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 she is currently academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2019). Since 1stof September 2016 she has been affiliate faculty member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, Italy. She was nominated Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2017.

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 and clusters; Globalisation, structural change and regional inequality; Regional and local economic development policy. 

Her research contributionis widely cited in academic circles and has also been used by policy-makers. She has published more than 50 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, around 30 book chapters, and numerous working papers, policy reports and other publications. She co-authored two books highly cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation(with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation(with P. McCann, 2013). She was co-editor of Regional Studies(2008-2013), and she is currently member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Publication Committeeand of the RSA Research Committee.

Throughout her career, Simona has participated in research andconsultancyprojects and expert groups for various Italian and UK government agencies and international organisations, among others the European Commission, the OECD, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects. 

Prof. Ron Boschma, panelist at Rethinking Clusters Workshop

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters Workshop will host Professor Ron Boschma as panelist in an exciting round table on future research on clusters.

Ron Boschma is Full Professor in Regional Economics at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. He is also Professor in Innovation Studies at the University of Stavanger, UiS Business School.

Ron has been member of the Research, Innovation and Science Experts (RISE) High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas in 2015-2016. Since 2015, he is Board member of the International Regional Studies Association. He was ranked by Thomson Reuters among the top 1% of cited researchers worldwide in 2014, 2015 and 2016. On July 4 2013, Ron Boschma received a Honorary Doctorate in the Natural Sciences (“Doktor der Naturwissenschaften ehrenhalber”) from Marburg University (Fachbereich Geographie) in Germany. He is also member of Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities) since 2009 and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2012.

Ron is heading a research group of about 17 researchers at the Department of Economic Geography at Utrecht University that aims to work out conceptually and empirically the outlines of Evolutionary Economic Geography.

He has widely published in international journals on Evolutionary Economic Geography, the spatial evolution of industries, regional systems of innovation, the structure and evolution of networks, agglomeration externalities and regional growth. Over the past 10 years, his research group in Utrecht has risen to international prominence as evolutionary economic strands of thinking and have generated substantial interest in the international economic geography and innovation studies community. 

His intense research activity has deeply contributed to advancements in Evolutionary Economic Geography, developing theoretical frameworks and empirical tools to conduct research on the structural dimension of regional development. He received worldwide attention after developing and applying in different contexts the concept of related variety, as important and key element of the economic development and resilience of regions. His approaches and methods influenced an international academic debate on a theoretical and policy level on the matter of regional diversification and smart specialization strategies.

Ron Boschma is also Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society; Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change; Associate Editor of Papers in Regional Science; Associate Editor Regional Studies and member of Editorial Boards of Economic Geography; Regional Studies, Regional Science; Review of Regional Research (Jahrbuch fur Regionalwissenschaft); Turkish Journal of Human Geography.

Prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose, Panelist at Rethinking Clusters Workshop

It is a great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters Workshop will host Professor Andrés Rodrìguez Pose as a panelist in a vibrant round table on future research on clusters.

Andrés Rodrìguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he was Head of the Department of Geography and Environment. He is the immediate Past President of the Regional Science Association International (2015-2017), and he served as Vice-President of the RSAI in 2014, being also Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association. Next March 2019, he will be granted the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa at Utrecht University for his eminent achievements in Economic Geography.

His intense research activity has deeply contributed to advancements in urban and regional growth and inequality, fiscal and political decentralization, institutions, regional innovation, science and technology parks, infrastructure, migration, and development policies and strategies. His research is widely cited in academic circles and has also been frequently used by policy- and decision-makers. He has regularly acted as advisor to several Directorates of 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, among others. He directed a major World Bank/Cities Alliance report entitled “Understanding your Local Economy” and frequently acts as advisor to governments.

He has also been visiting professor at a number of universities, including Stavanger (Norway), the College of Europe(Belgium), Cambridge (UK), Hannover (Germany) and the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has been a holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and is the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. Other past academic awards include a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, a Philip Leverhulme Prize, and a Royal Geographical Society Gill Memorial Award.

His most recent contributions point to the key role of institutional quality for regional development, and the need to calibrate better, rather than more, place-based policies to spur local development, especially in lagging-behind regions. According to Professor Rodrìguez-Pose, local and regional development has become a global challenge, and the approaches to it reflect shifting theories and ideologies which are mediated through particular structures of government and governance that shape diverse types of policy intervention.

Prof. Yarime Masaru, Keynote Speaker at Rethinking Clusters Workshop

It is a great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters will host as keynote speaker professor Yarime Masaru from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Professor Masaru works on the implications of digitalization and globalization of innovation including smart cities and IoT for sustainability. His research focuses on public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design for promoting science, technology and innovation for sustainability.

He collaborates with key stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and civil society in Japan, Europe and North America as well as in emerging countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Thanks to these collaborations, he tracks the sustainability challenges and provides interesting researches to comprehend and cope the multifaceted complexities involving environmental, economic and social dimension. 

In his recent publications, he stresses the necessity to rethink the existing cluster idea and explores the patterns of collaboration over geographical boundaries in the sustainability field. Professor Masaru affirms that the global transition to a sustainable society will be the sum of a decentralized transformation carried out by countless individual communities and regions across the planet. With human society predominantly concentrated in urban centers, the main arena for this transformation will be cities and towns. He believes that universities are crucial actors in this transformation process. The universities’ collaborations with different partners and stakeholders will be able to develop, test and then diffuse in a specific locality, city or region, the various technological, social and political solutions required to drive a physical transformation of the urban environment. In an urban context, these partnerships could address areas such as energy efficiency, renewables and smart grids, mobility, water, agriculture and green spaces, in addition to infrastructure and the built environment. The logic behind this idea is the recognition that no single actor or organization possesses the all-encompassing knowledge, resources or capacity to solve complex, interwoven sustainability problems on their own.

Looking forward to listening to prof. Masaru’s speech in Padova.

We strongly believe that his expertise and knowledge will provide interesting food for thought to the workshop.

Special PhD day!

Are you a PhD candidate currently conducting research on clusters, industrial districts, local systems? “Rethinking Clusters” gives you a unique opportunity to improve your work: an entire day (15th May 2019) will be addressed to PhD students.

After the submission of your manuscript (final or work in progress), you will have the valuable opportunity to exploit the experience of eminent scholars within your field of research.

You will have the possibility to:

  • Present your research in front of a panel of distinguished scholars;
  • Debate with panel members about your research;
  • Receive valuable feedbacks and suggestions about your manuscript.Following the suggestions received, your research will certainly become more publishable. In fact, the panel is made up of scholars with several publications within the field  and some are members of Editorial Boards of Journals focused on the topic of the workshop.

    More specifically, the panel will suggest you how to improve the definition of the unit of analysis, the statement of the research question, the methodology employed to conduct the research.
    Both theoretical and empirical contributions (qualitative or quantitative) can be presented. Works in progress are welcome as well.

    To take part in the PhD day, you are asked to submit your manuscript specifying that your proposal is for the Phd special day