Keynote speakers

Prof. Mercedes Delgado, keynote speaker at 2021 Rethinking Clusters

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters 2021 will host Professor Mercedes Delgado as keynote speaker in a stimulating conversation on The role of location and industry clusters in female inventor inclusion.

Mercedes Delgado is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative. Delgado’s research focuses on the relationship between the regional business environment and the performance of inventors, firms, regions, and countries. She examines the role of regional industry clusters—geographic concentrations of related industries, firms, and supporting institutions —in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and resilience. Delgado has developed new methods for defining and mapping industry clusters and the supply chain economy, providing tools to help firms, practitioners, and policymakers create regional and national strategies. Delgado’s work has been published in top economic, policy, and strategy journals. She has received a number of prestigious research grants, including a recent National Science Foundation grant on Mapping the Inventor Gender Gap. She served as a lead researcher on the US Cluster Mapping Project: Mapping a Nation of Regional Clusters. Web: http://www.delgadom.com/


Prof. Patrick Cohendet, keynote speaker at 2021 Rethinking Clusters

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters 2021 will host Professor Patrick Cohendet as keynote speaker in a stimulating conversation on Innovation ecosystems, community and places.

Patrick Cohendet is full professor at HEC Montréal in the International Business Department. His research interests include Theory of the firm, Economics of Innovation, Economics of Knowledge, Economics of Creativity and Knowledge Management. He is the author of 20 books and over 120 articles in refereed journals, such as Research Policy, Organization Science, Industrial and corporate Change, Journal of Economic Geography, Long Range Planning, etc. He conducted a series of economic studies on the economics of innovation for different international organisations such as the European Commission, the European Space Agency or the Canadian Space Agency. He is co-director of the research group Mosaic at HEC Montréal on the management of innovation and creativity, and co-editor of the academic journal “Management International”.


Prof. André Torre, keynote speaker at 2021 Rethinking Clusters

It is with great pleasure to announce that Rethinking Clusters 2021 will host Professor André Torre  as keynote speaker in a stimulating conversation on Clusters, circular economy and new new paths to a sustainable territorial development.

André Torre  is Research Professor at the University Paris-Saclay, and INRAE (Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement). His research focuses on the analysis of local relationships and their importance in the coordination processes between actors. It is mainly related to two areas: territorial development processes and their modes of governance, conflict and cooperation; local and distant interactions between innovative firms, and more particularly the role played by various types of proximity in the transmission of knowledge. André Torre has published 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 20 books, alone or co-edited, and has edited some than 20 special issues of journals, mainly on issues related to space and coordination between actors. He is President of ERSA (European Regional Science Association) http://www.ersa.org, and Managing editor of the Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine (RERU).

RC 2021 will be held ONLINE on Zoom platform.