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Speakers at the Workshop on Regional Innovation.

  • Professor Michael Storper

    Michael Storper

    Michael Storper is Professor of Economic Geography, Economic Sociology, and Urban Planning at no less than three world leading universities: The London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris and the University of California, Los Angeles. His book The Regional World (1997) is one of the most influential contributions to the literature on regional development, and his latest book Keys to the City (2013) is also set to make a big impact. He is a fellow of the British Academy and received the Sir Peter Hall Award for outstanding overall achievements in the field of regional studies in 2012.

  • Professor Andres Rodriguez-Pose

    Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

    Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and President-Elect of the Regional Science Association International. He co-authored the Handbook of Local and Regional Development, which received the Regional Studies Association Best Book Award in 2012, and has authored another 8 books and more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, He is editor of Economic Geography and Environment and Planning C and holds an advanced grant from the European Research Council.

  • Professor David L. Rigby

    David L. Rigby

    David L. Rigby is Professor of Geography and Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles and director of the UCLA California Census Research Data Center. His work examines the economic dynamics of firms, industries, and regions. He is co-author of Elementary Statistics for Geographers, one of the most frequently used textbooks on the subject, and regularly publishes in the top geography journals. Rigby is also editor of leading journal Economic Geography.

  • Paul Chaffey

    Paul Chaffey

    Paul Chaffey is CEO of Abelia, the business association of Norwegian knowledge- and technology-based enterprises, since 2001. He was elected to Parliament twice (1989-1997) before retiring from party politics, leaving the Socialist Left party to become a Statoil director. Chaffey is currently one of Norway’s leading conservative public intellectuals. He has been a board member of Statoil and the University of Oslo, among others, and is currently chairman of the board for the Centre for Innovation Research at UiS/IRIS.

  • Professor Bjørn Terje Asheim

    Bjørn Terje Asheim

    Bjørn Terje Asheim is Professor of Economic Geography and Innovation Theory at the UiS Business School from 1 September 2013. He co-founded and directed CIRCLE at Lund University, which has become one of the leading innovation studies centres in Europe. Asheim is currently program director at the Norwegian Research School in Innovation. He is a founder of the theories of regional innovation systems and of knowledge bases and Norway’s most highly cited scholar in human geography and the second most cited in innovation studies.

  • Associate Professor Michaela Trippl

    Michaela Trippl

    Michaela Trippl is Associate Professor of Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University. Her research is concerned with economic geography and innovation studies with a focus on regional innovation policies, transformation of regional innovation systems, international mobility of highly skilled people, and cross-border regionalization processes. She is author of three books and regularly publishes in leading journals, such as Economic Geography, Regional Studies, Research Policy and Environment and Planning A.

  • Professor Christina Chaminade

    Cristina Chaminade

    Cristina Chaminade is Professor of Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University, where she is director of the research area Globalization of Innovation and a member of the board. Her PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid was awarded the best thesis in Economics 1998-99. Her research examines innovation in developing countries, globalisation of innovation, and the ICT industry. She has coordinated several large research projects for the EU and other agencies, authored and edited several books, and published articles in top journals in several fields.

  • Professor Heidi Wiig Aslesen

    Heidi Wiig Aslesen

    Heidi Wiig Aslesen is Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, where she is Associate Dean for the PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has a PhD in Economic Geography from Lund University. Her research examines entrepreneurship, innovation and technological development, including innovation systems and global innovation networks. She has published numerous articles in international journals and coordinated several large national and international research projects.

  • Lecturer Franz Huber

    Franz Huber

    Franz Huber is Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in Strategy and Innovation at the University of Southampton. He has a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Cambridge, where he was funded by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation as a Gates Scholar. His research focuses on personal networks, regional development, and green innovation. He has published in leading journals and received the Regional Studies Association Award for Early Career Excellence in 2009.

  • Professor Ragnar Tveterås

    Ragnar Tveterås

    Ragnar Tveterås is Professor of Industrial Economics at the UiS Business School and Head of the Centre for Innovation Research. A trained econometrician with a PhD from the Norwegian School of Economics, his research focuses on productivity in the petroleum and seafood industries, topics on which he has published widely in international journals. He is head of the commission to improve profitability in the seafood industries, mandated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

  • Martin Gjelsvik, IRIS

    Martin Gjelsvik

    Martin Gjelsvik is Head of Research in Innovation Studies at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. He is dr.oecon from the Norwegian School of Economics. Gjelsvik’s research examines innovation processes in firms, regional development, strategy and management, and he is project manager for the joint IRIS/UiS project “Capabilities for Regional Innovation in a Globalizing World”. He is also chairman of the board at the multi-national fund management company Skagen and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.

  • Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar

    Rune Dahl Fitjar

    Rune Dahl Fitjar is Professor of Innovation Studies at the UiS Business School from 1 September 2013. At 33, he is the youngest professor at the University of Stavanger. He is the author of The Rise of Regionalism and 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and spent 2011/2012 as visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles. He won the 2012 Stavanger Forum Prize for Communication of Research for his work on regional innovation.

  • PhD Candidate Marte  C. W. Solheim

    Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim

    Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim is a PhD Candidate at the University of Stavanger Business School since 2012. Her thesis examines the role of diversity at the firm and regional level in promoting innovation. She has a Master’s degree in Planning and Leadership from Volda University College with a thesis on the reception of skilled immigrants in the Sunnmøre maritime cluster, written as part of a project at Møreforsking. She has previously worked for Rolls-Royce Marine and the Ulstein Group.