I International Online Conference on Regional Science. Cities and regions in times of Covid-19


Thursday 26 November 2020

16:15 – 16:30             Institutional opening

Fernando Rubiera – President of the AECR
Javier de la Mata – Vice-rector for Research and  KnowledgeTransfer of the University of Alcalá
City Council of Madrid
Juan de Lucio – President organizing committee

16: 30-18: 00            Round table (in English): Impacts of COVID-19 on cities and regions

Alessandra Faggian – The geography of COVID-19 and the structure of local economies
Philip McCann – Coronavirus economic shocks and discontent
Raúl Ramos – Labor markets impacts of COVID-19
Chair: Vicente Royuela – Editor of Investigaciones Regionales – Journal of Regional Research

18: 00-18: 30             Break

18: 30-19: 20              Invited conference:

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose – Cities in the post-COVID world

Chair: María José Murgui – Universitat de València


Friday 27 November 2020

9: 00-10: 00                Poster presentation I
10.00-13: 00               Course on georeferencing

10: 00-11: 45 Daniel Arribas-Bel
11: 45-12: 00 Break
12: 00-13: 00 Federico Pablo- Martí

13: 00-14: 00               Presentation of posters II


Currículum Vitae


Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is the Princess of Asturias Professor and Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, where he directs the Cañada Blanch Center. He has taught at this institution since 1995 and was Director of the Department of Geography and Environment between 2006 and 2009. He has been president of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (2015-2017) and vice president of the Mass (2014). He has also served as Vice President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). He is also a part-time Professor of Innovation at the University of Stavanger (Norway)

He frequently works as a consultant for international organizations such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America and for various United Nations agencies. , like the ILO or the FAO.

In 2018 he was awarded the ERSA Regional Science Award, considered the highest award in its field worldwide. He has been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) and other prestigious awards such as the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award or the Philip Leverhulme Award. He is Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universities of Utrecht (Netherlands) and Jönköping (Sweden).

He is editor of the journal Economic Geography (third in impact factor – 8.28 – in the fields of economics and geography), editor of the Journal of Geographical Systems and member of the editorial board of 34 other journals, including some of the most prestigious journals in the world. world level in geography, regional science and management.


Alessandra Faggian

Professor of Applied Economics, Director of Social Sciences and Vice Provost for Research at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy. She is also past-President of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), current co-editor of Journal of Regional Science and previous editor of the journal Papers in Regional Science. Dr Faggian’s research interests lie in the fields of regional and urban economics, demography, labour economics and economics of education. Her publications cover a wide range of topics including migration, human capital, labour markets, creativity and local innovation and growth. She has co-authored over 80 academic publications. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Oxford Economics Papers, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Regional Science and The Journal of Economic Geography. Alessandra is the 2007 recipient of the Moss Madden Memorial Medal by the Regional Science Association International: Irish and British section (RSAIBIS) for the best paper published in the year 2006 and the 2015 recipient of the Geoffrey Hewings Award by The North American Regional Council for outstanding research contribution by a young scholar in the field of regional science. In a recent ranking of the top 100 regional scientists in the world (Rickman and Winters, 2016), she was ranked 19th.


Phill McCann                   

Professor Philip McCann is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics in the University of Sheffield Management School. Philip is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015-2019 and Honorary Professor of Economic Geography in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017-2022. He is one of the world’s most highly cited and widely published spatial economists and economic geographers of his generation, and currently one of the UK’s most highly cited social scientists. Philip has won seven awards for his research in different parts of the world including the 2002 Hewings Award from NARSC (North America); the 2007 Moss Madden Memorial Medal (UK and Ireland); the 2010 ERSA 50th Anniversary Award (Europe); the 2016 Best Paper in Regional Studies Award (International); the 2018 Best Paper in Regional Studies Award (International), the 2019 Martin Beckmann Award (International) and the 2019 ERSA European Prize in Regional Science (Europe). His research has generated some £6.2m/€7m in external research funding, with over £3m/€3.4m as a Principal Investigator.

Philip has been a Special Adviser to two European Commissioners (Commissioner Johannes Hahn 2010-2013 and Commissioner Corina Creţu 2015-2016), Chief Independent Economic Advisor on the EU Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, an advisor or consultant to the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission, four different directorates at the OECD Paris, the European Investment Bank, as well as government ministries and research institutes in several countries. He is also the author of The Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union: Cohesion, Results-Orientation and Smart Specialisation, 2015, Edward Elgar, the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the European regional and urban economic and policy landscape.


Raúl Ramos

Professor at the Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics of the University of Barcelona, researcher at the Grup d’Analisi Quantitativa Regional (AQR-IREA), IZA Research Fellow and GLO Fellow. Currently, he is the Vice-Dean of Research and Doctorate of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona. His research interests include labour market analysis from both regional and international perspectives, with a specific focus on the impacts of globalisation, European integration and migration on wage inequality and unemployment. He is Coeditor of the European Journal of Development Research, Director of the Revista de Economía Laboral and Associate Editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science.


Dani Arribas-Bel

Senior Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the Department of Geography and Planning, and member of the Geographic Data Science Lab at the University of Liverpool (UK), where he directs the MSc in Geographic Data Science. From 2020 to 2023, he is also an ESRC Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Member of the development team of the open source library PySAL for spatial analysis in Python, he and created “contextily”, a small Python package to use web tile services in static maps. Since 2019, he is co-editor of “Environment and Planning B – Urban Analytics and City Science” and, since 2020, also in the editorial panel of “Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A – Statistics in Society”. His main research interests are: Geographic Data Science and New Forms of Data, Urban Economics and Regional Science, and Open Source Scientific Computing and Reproducibility.


Federico Pablo- Martí

Federico Pablo Martí holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Alcalá and a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics from the University Carlos III. He is currently an associate professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Alcalá. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Development Strategies at Indiana University. His main areas of research are regional economics, transport and agent-based simulation models from the perspective of complex networks, fields in which he has published several national and international papers.