The conference is organized by Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan in collaboration with the University of Florence, the University of Padova, the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Valencia.
Professor Emeritus, Osaka City University. He was Professor of Urban & Cultural Economics, Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University – Director of Urban Research Plaza – President of Japan Association for Cultural Economics, 2008 Prize of Japan Society of Urban Studies, 2003, Doctor’s degree in Economics from Kyoto University, 1997. He recently published following books (2007) The Prospects to the Creative City (Gakugei Publisher, Kyoto) (in Japanese), (2001) Challenge for the Creative City (Iwanami Publisher, Tokyo) (translated into Korean), and articles: (2008) ‘Developing Creative Cities through Networking’ in Policy Science, (2006), ‘Search for the Osaka Model of Creative City’ in Research Journal for Creative Cities, (2004), ‘Creativity and Cities The Role of Culture in Urban Regeneration’ in Quarterly Journal of Economic Studies.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Urban Management, Osaka Metropolitan University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Advanced Interdisciplinary Engineering, University of Tokyo. After graduating Hitotsubashi University, Faculty of Economics, she joined the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ). She gained extensive experience in financial technology, strategic alliances, and management consulting at foreign and venture firms. She holds double master’s degree in MBA and in Business Law both from Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University.Prior to her current position, she served as an associate professor at Yokohama City University and Yamagata University, and in 2016 became an associate professor at the Graduate School of Creative Cities, Osaka City University. Aside from her career in the academia, in 2006, she founded dimmi Inc., co-founded the Stem Cell & Device Laboratory (SCAD) in 2014, and has been an outside director of Japan Display Inc. since 2020.
Full Professor in Economics and Management and founding director of the Post-graduate course in Economics and Management of Cultural Goods and Museums, University of Florence. Coordinator of the Doctorate Program ‘Development Economics and Local Systems’ (DELoS), University of Florence. Her current research interests deal with: industrial districts, cultural clusters, cities of art, creative and cultural industries, innovation and creativity. She recently edited ‘Rethinking Clusters. Towards a New Research Agenda for Cluster Research’ with Routledge (2021) and ‘Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship: Paradigms in Transition from a Global Perspective’ with Edward Elgar (2018).
Silvia Rita Sedita
Associate Professor of management at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova. Her research agenda includes issues within the field of management of creativity and innovation in inter-organizational networks. The theoretical focus is on agglomerations (clusters and industrial districts), project based organizations in creative industries and university-industry collaborations in high-tech industries. The main research settings are creative industries (design, music industry), high-tech industries (life science, advanced materials), Italian industrial districts and clusters. She published articles and book chapters in national and international outlets in the field of inter-organizational networks for innovation in clusters and industrial districts.
PhD, Associate Professor in Management at the Dept. of Economics and Management, University of Florence. He is member of the Doctorate Programme ‘Developing Economics and Local Systems’ (DELoS), University of Florence. His recent research interests deal with innovation, creativity and inter-organisational collaborations in open contexts, such as industrial districts and clusters. He published several articles in national and international journals, among others: Industry and Innovation, Journal of Business Research, European Planning Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, Annals of Regional Science, etc. He recently edited with Routledge (2021) ‘Rethinking Clusters. Towards a New Research Agenda for Cluster Research’.
Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence. She held a PhD in Economics and management of firms and local systems at the University of Florence. Her research interests focus on industrial and innovation policy, clusters and districts and innovation networks. She is member of the Centre for Applied Economics, Industrial Policy, Local Development and Internationalization – c.MET05, and of the Centre for the Analysis of Public Policies – CAPP, of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Structure, University of Valencia. His current research interests include creative industries, industrial districts and clusters, and networks of cities. He has participated in applied research for the OECD, the Barcelona City and Province, and the Spanish Ministry of Industry. He is the author of book chapters published in Springer, Edward Elgar, Routledge and IGI, and articles in specialized journals such as Land Use Policy, Papers in Regional Science, European Planning Studies, Regional Studies, The Annals of Regional Science, The Journal of Regional Research, Industry and Innovation, and European Urban and Regional Studies, among others.
José Luis Hervas-Oliver
PhD, Full Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València (Valencia, Spain). Dr. Hervas-Oliver has been granted by several Spanish Ministries (Industry, Economics, etc.) in order to fulfill research on innovation. He has three Top Class (A+ honors) distinctions in the BSc, MSc and PhD. Dr. Hervas-Oliver is devoted to the study of firms in clusters: focusing on the intersection of firm-strategy and economic geography in SMEs. Main publications include those in Journal of Economic Geography, Research Policy, Technovation, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Technology Transfer, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Business Research, European Planning Studies, Policy Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, etc., among many collaborations and works in contributed volumes (Routledge, Springer, Edward Elgar, etc.). At the present time, Dr. Hervas-Oliver leads a R&D Project on Industry 4.0 and clusters in Spain InnoRadical4.0 (RTI2018-095739-B-100).
Post-doc fellow researcher at the European University Institute, Fiesole, Firenze. Niccolò Innocenti joined the EUI as a research associate in 2020. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Florence in 2015 where he has worked as a post-doc fellow in Economics for four years. He worked on themes of relatedness and related variety between technologies, investigating the role of technological and industrial diversification in favouring the innovative and economic growth of countries and regions. He published in renowned scientific journals (among others Small Business Economics, Industry and Innovation and Papers in Regional Science).
Post-doc fellow researcher at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence. She holds a PhD in Economics in 2017. She is a lecturer on management of museums and cultural organisations at the University of Florence and the University of Innsbruck. Her expertise is on determinants of local competitiveness, resilience and sustainability of cities and regions, cultural organizations and creative industries. She studies culture and creativity as sources for the adaptation of regions to shocks. She is interested in cities of art and fashion cities, social and environmental reporting and accountability in museums.
Post-doc fellow researcher at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence. She holds a PhD in Economics in 2021. Her research interests include business modelling for local development and business modelling for sustainability, sustainable tourism and eTourism. She works on themes of investigating the role of artificial intelligence diffusion in cluster development. Her researches have been presented at international conferences including ENTER 2020, Sinergie-SIMA 2019 and Rethinking Clusters 2019, and published in conference proceedings and journal articles.