Geography of Innovation 

Winter School

January 15-19 2024, Pavia (Italy)

The Geography of Innovation Winter School offers an intensive training programme for doctoral students and junior researchers from any background with interest in the field of geography of innovation. The school provides participants the opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive feedbacks from renown scholars in the field.

This edition of the Winter School features the participation of 12 speakers coming from academia, EU research centres (JRC Seville, JRC Ispra) and data analytics companies (Ip-Quant), who will lecture on topics related to technological diversification, regional innovation policy, network science, economic complexity, green innovation, patent data.

Two data-lab sessions will be organised to introduce participants to relevant methods, programming languages (R and Python) and data sources in the fields of economic complexity, regional diversification and network science.

Participants will have also a chance to discuss their publication strategies with speakers who are member of editorial boards and editors of international peer reviewed journals (e.g. Research Policy, Industry and Innovation, Economic Geography, Industrial and Corporate Change, Science and Public Policy, Italian Economic Journal, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Regional Studies, Journal of International Business Policy).

The winter school will admit a limited number of students on a rolling basis.


Michela Bello

Michela Bello is a Socio-Economic Analyst at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), where she leads a research project aimed at better understanding the state of research and innovation (R&I) performance of the European Union. Prior to joining the JRC in 2021, she has worked as an analyst in the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (2016-2021) and as a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (2009-2016).

 Michela holds an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University and is currently studying for a PhD at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex. Her main research interests include innovation, digitalization, foreign investment, and global value chains.

Ron Boschma

Ron Boschma is Full Professor in Regional Economics at University of Utrecht, and Professor II in Innovation Studies at Stavanger University. Boschma, among others, has laid the foundations of a new influential stream in Economic Geography, that is, Evolutionary Economic Geography. In the period 2013-2015, Boschma was director of the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University. Boschma has published in international journals on the geography of innovation, spatial evolution of industries, the structure and evolution of spatial networks, agglomeration externalities and regional growth, and regional diversification. Boschma has been member of the Research, Innovation and Science Experts (RISE) High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas 2015-2016.

Stefano Breschi

Stefano Breschi obtained his PhD from the Department of Economics, Università di Pavia (Italy) in 1994. He is Professor of Applied Economics and Deputy Director of the Center for Research on Innovation, Organization and Strategy (CRIOS) at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan (Italy). His main research interests are in the economics of technical change, industrial dynamics, social networks, economics of science, economics of the patent system, economic geography and regional economics. He carried out several research projects for international (e.g. European Commission DG Research, DG Information Society) and national (e.g. ENEA, Confindustria) organisations. He is author of numerous articles in journals like Economic Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Regional Studies, Journal of Economic Geography among others. He is Associate Editor of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Nicoletta Corrocher

Nicoletta Corrocher is Lecturer in Applied Economics at Bocconi University and Research Fellow at ICRIOS (Invernizzi Center for Research on Innovation, Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship), Bocconi University. She obtained a PhD in Economics and Management of Innovation at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex. Her main research interests concern the diffusion of innovations and industrial dynamics - particularly in ICT industries and service sectors – and the emergence of eco-innovations in the framework of sustainable development. She has published in international journals such as Research Policy, Regional Studies, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Dario Diodato

Dario Diodato is an economist working at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Between 2017 and 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Growth Lab. Before his PhD in Economic Geography at Utrecht University (2013-2017), he worked as a researcher in urban and regional economics at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (The Hague, 2009-2012). His research interests lie in the fields of technological change, structural transformation, migration and technology diffusion, cities and regions, human capital and skills, economic complexity and economic resilience.

Evgeni Evgeniev

Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev leads the investment agenda of the Industrial Research, Innovation and Investment Agendas Unit at Prosperity Directorate of DG Research and Innovation. He manages the Annual Flagship report on EU Industrial R&D investment scoreboard in collaboration with JRC-Seville. Before his assignment with the European Commission, he served as Research Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU (2018-2021). During 2015-2018, he worked as Vice-Rector at VUZF University and also served as senior advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of Republic of Bulgaria on research infrastructure policy. Dr. Evgeniev has published in international journals and has contributed as author to over two dozens of World Bank reports, as well as to analytical outputs of the European Commission, IMF, OECD, and UNIDO. He has published five books.

Rasmus Lema

Rasmus Lema is Associate Professor at UNU-MERIT, United Nations University and Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.  He serves as vice-president of the for the Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics) and is the co-editor in chief of Innovation and Development.

Balázs Lengyel

Balázs Lengyel is an economic geographer who works on topics at the intersection of economic geography, innovation studies, and network science. He aims to understand how social interaction facilitates economic and technological progress embedded in geographical space. Balázs leads the ANET Lab at the Centre for Economic- and Regional Studies in Budapest and has established the NETI Lab at the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB). He is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Data Analytics at CUB. Previously, Balazs was a visiting scholar at MIT Human Mobility and Networks Lab and at Umea University. He completed his PhD in economics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Andrea Morrison

Andrea Morrison is currently Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia and Adjunct Professor of Innovation and Sustainability at the Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University. He is also research fellow at ICRIOS Bocconi University. He holds a M.A in Development Economics from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Economic Development, Institutions and Sustainability from the University of Roma Tre. His research interests lie in the areas of evolutionary economics, innovation studies and economic geography. He has investigated extensively topics like system of innovation, industrial clusters and knowledge networks, global value chain, green innovation, high skilled migration. 

Roberta Rabellotti

Roberta Rabellotti is Professor of Economics at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pavia (Italy). After graduating in Economics at Università Bocconi, she got a Master of Science in Development Economics at the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Roberta is an economist with experience in qualitative and quantitative research in the field of economics of innovation, economic development, and regional economics. 

Throughout her career, Roberta participated in and led several research and consultancy projects. She has provided academic advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, the IADB, OECD; UNIDO; UN-CEPAL, UNCTAD, the ADB and various national and regional governments. 

Prof. Rabellotti is in the scientific board of GLOBELICS and she is currently consulting editor of the International Journal of Business Policy.  More information is available at

David Rigby

David Rigby is Full Professor at UCLA  with research interests in evolutionary economic geography, geographies of innovation and knowledge flow, technological change and regional economic growth. He published extensively on these topics in several international journal such as Regional Studies, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Research Policy. He has also served as Editor of the Economic Geography journal. 

Gianluca Tarasconi

Gianluca Tarasconi is Chief Data Officer at ipQuants Ag, one of the top service providers in field of IP analytics. His main fields of activity are patent data, bibliographic data, AI NLP and datamining. He was a senior member of ICRIOS taskforce for several EU funded research projects between 2001 and 2019 and he has been consultant for a wide range of institutions as: USPTO, EPO, OECD, WIPO, World Bank, MIT and LSE. His technical blog ( has been a key reference for users of PatStat, the Worldwide Patent Statistical Database produced by the European Patent Office.

Jerome Vicente

Jerome Vicente is full professor of economics at the University of Toulouse (Sciences-Po Toulouse). He is a recognized specialist in industrial cluster theory and regional innovation policy issues, with a series of highly cited publications in the field, and a reference textbook (The Economics of Clusters – Palgrave Macmillan – 2018). He also develops research in structural network analysis methodology applied to the economics of institutions and industrial dynamics, and research in scientometrics. Theories and methods find evidence in aerospace and digital industry.

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