Keynote Lecturers

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  Monday, 28 August│  09.00-10.30│Online & Live Streaming

Keynote Lecture by Riccardo Crescenzi
Chair: André Torre, Paris-Saclay Université, France

Riccardo Crescenzi, 
Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Global Value Chains, Foreign Investment and Regional Development

This talk will discuss why global value chains (GVCs) and foreign direct investment (FDI) matter for regional development and how regions can leverage them for upgrading, innovation, and economic development. Specifically, the discussion will focus on how regions can build, embed, and reshape GVCs to their local enhancement in a changing geo-political and economic landscape.

This talk will propose a new generation of GVC-sensitive regional development policies that target specific segments of selected GVCs, employing them as stepping-stones for local upgrading, innovation, and development. This is about gradual change on the strengths that are already present in local economies, shifting the focus of regional policies from specific sectors and technologies towards tasks and local value generation. Some reflections on how GVCs can support regions in the digital and green transitions will conclude the talk.

 Tuesday, 29 August│  09.00-10.30│Online & Live Streaming

Papers in Regional Science (PiRS) Keynote Lecture by Julie Le Gallo
Chair: Rosella Nicolini, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Julie Le Gallo, Professor in economics, CESAER, Head of the Human and Social Sciences Department of AgroSup Dijon, Inrae, France

Spatial patterns and economic impacts of short-term rentals

The talk focuses on short-term rentals (STR), their evolving spatial distributions and their economics impacts on the housing market. The increase of tourism in the last decade has been accompanied by a strong development of peer to peer platforms and short term rentals. As an illustration, in 2019, Airbnb, the world's largest peer to peer STR provider, had more than 7 million listings in over 1000,000 cities and 191 countries. However, the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly caused a collapse in tourism with a severe drop in bookings and revenues. This affected not only the number of STR listings but also their spatial distributions. While STR are typically located in districts rich in point of interest, coastal areas and cities centers, they are also located in areas that are less or not typically covered by hotels and their locations might also to react to modifications in travel demand and consumer's preferences for STR observed during the pandemic and expected in a context of climate change. This has strong consequences  on the spatial structure of the regional and urban economies. Many studies also point to the mixed economic impacts of STR. While the increasing demand for STR might increase revenues of owners and generate tax revenues, they might also lead to a decrease in the supply of long-term rental housing, drive up rental prices and make it difficult for locals to find affordable housing. These impacts are highly spatially heterogeneous given the structure of the local economies. The talk will consider all these questions and illustrate them with a series of empirical analyses carried for the case of France, analyzing the determinants of the supply of STR rentals and the impact of the pandemic crise, assessing the evolving spatial distributions of STR in Paris and examining their impact and the rental and the housing market.


Wednesday, 30 August│  09.00-10.30│Opening, Alicante & Live Streaming

Keynote Lecture by Albert Saiz
Chair: Paloma Taltavull De La Paz,  University of Alicante, Spain

Albert Saiz
, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Amenities and the revival of the Post-covid City

Short bio: Albert Saiz is the Daniel Rose Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and formerly Director of the MIT Center for Real Estate (2014–2018). He serves as the Director of MIT’s Urban Economics Lab, which conducts research on real estate economics, urban economics, housing markets, local public finance, zoning regulations, global real estate, and demographic trends affecting urban and real estate development worldwide. more

Thursday, 31 August│    09.00-10.30│Alicante & Live Streaming

Keynote Lecture by Silvia Cerisola
Chair: Daniela Constantin, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Silvia Cerisola, Professor in Department of Architecture, Construction Engineering and Built Environment, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Different perspectives on culture and local development

The lecture will explore the relationship between different approaches about culture and local development, according to a territorial perspective. The importance of culture for the well-being of cities and regions has been widely highlighted, both at the institutional and at the academic level. However, the word “culture” has been associated with many different meanings, all interesting and valuable. Material cultural heritage, intangible culture (including history, folklore, traditions…), cultural participation, and identity and sense of belonging have all been related to this vast and fascinating field. Specific cultural dimensions have been associated with local economic performance,, but also with disparate social and environmental positive outcomes. In addition, the territorial effects of culture are likely to work through different channels, including tourism, local creativity, identity, and - of course - favorable context conditions. In this sense, the lecture will provide an overview of the various mechanisms linking specific types of culture with local development,, in order to conceptually better frame the overall topic and to identify the most promising lines for future research within this engaging domain.

    Thursday, 31 August │  14.30-16.15│Alicante & Live Streaming

Regional Science Policy and Practice/REGION Keynote Lecture by Philip McCann
Chair: Fernando Rubiera Morollón, University of Oviedo, Spain

Philip McCannChair of Urban and Regional Economics at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

-- Phillip McCann will discuss the impact of private investment capital and public finances or regional development --

Monetary and Fiscal Policies and Regional Development

Monetary and financial issues are an under-researched area of regional science, urban economics and economic geography. Given that all interregional economic systems within national economies or specific integrated international single markets such as the EU operate on the basis of a common currency, most scholars have assumed away monetary issues as being relevant to regional economic adjustments. Similarly, the nuances of private capital investment markets are also largely absent from the field, presumably due to data limitations, while the fiscal underpinnings of public finance in regional development are also largely ignored, instead dominated by models of competition in public goods. The result is that we currently know very little about the effects of financial markets and monetary policy on regional development. Clearly monetary and fiscal policies are likely to have a strong impact on people and places, and, at the same time, their effects are likely to be deeply influenced by spatial constraints and potentials. Therefore, Regional Science Policy and Practice should care about Monetary and Fiscal Policies and Regional Development.

  Friday, 1 September│ 09.00-10.30│ Alicante & Live Streaming

Keynote Lecture by Marte Cecile Wilhelmsen Solheim
Chair: Luisa Alamá Sabater, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim, Professor and Head of the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School, Norway

Barriers to diversity in regional innovation systems

The global megatrends shaping the world today, requires tapping into diversity in a broad sense. Gender Equality and Diversity are linked to innovation, financial performance, and providing sustainable solutions. Moreover, diversity is crucial for policymaking, as it allows for a wider range of perspectives fostering more effective decision-making.

Nevertheless, extant research has highlighted barriers for tapping into diverse potential, such as barriers for obtaining venture capital for females and ethnic minorities. The geographic dimension is coloring mechanisms of inclusion such as typical barriers in specialized innovation systems being strong networks between a fixed set of local actors, which might hamper alternative ideas and competence, whilst diversified innovation systems are colored by fragmentation potentially hindering knowledge exchange between actors.

In her talk, Solheim reflects upon some of the barriers of including a diverse set of actors in innovation, and the contextual factors affecting this, as well as highlighting broader inclusion practices.

 Friday, 1 September│  11.00-13.00│Alicante & Live Streaming

Keynote Lecture by Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Chair: Luisa Alamá Sabater, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

The geography of EU discontent and the regional development trap

While many regions have flourished in recent decades, many other are stuck —or are at risk of becoming stuck— in development traps. Such regions experience relative decline in economic growth, employment, and productivity relative to their neighbours and to their own past economic trajectories. Many of these regions have been in development traps for lengthy periods of time and this condition is breeding increasing political discontent and unrest. Such discontent is often translated into support for anti-system parties at the ballot box. In this paper we study the link between the risk, intensity, and length of regional development traps and the rise of discontent in the European Union (EU) —proxied by the support for Eurosceptic parties in national elections between 2014 and 2022— using an econometric analysis at a regional level. The results highlight the strong connection between being stuck in a development trap and support for Eurosceptic parties. They also suggest that the longer the period of stagnation, the stronger the support for parties that oppose European integration. This relationship is also robust to considering only the most extreme Eurosceptic parties or to including parties that display more moderate levels of Euroscepticism.

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