Professor Simona  Iammarino

Professor Simona Iammarino

Professor of Economic Geography; Head of Department

Department of Geography and Environment

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Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently Head of Department (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2019). She is also an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) – Social Science, L’Aquila, Italy.

Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local impacts; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional and local economic development and policy.

She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013). She has published extensively in major refereed journals, and co-authored two books widely cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation (with P. McCann, 2013). Simona has long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, and in consultancy projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.

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Selected publications

  • Iammarino S. and McCann P. (2015), “MNE innovation networks and the role of cities” in D. Archibugi and A. Filippetti (Eds), The Handbook of Global Science, Technology and Innovation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
  • D’Este P., Guy F., and Iammarino S. (2012), “Shaping the formation of university-industry research collaborations: what type of proximity does really matter?”, Journal of Economic Geography, May 2012, doi:10.1093/jeg/lbs010
  • D’Este P., Iammarino S., Savona M. and von Tunzelmann N. (2012), “What hampers innovation? Revealed versus deterring barriers”, Research Policy, 41, pp. 482– 488
  • Iammarino S., Marinelli E. (2011), “Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? Graduate regional mobility and job satisfaction in Italy”, Environment and Planning A, 43, pp. 2761-2777
  • Boschma R., Iammarino S. (2009), “Related variety, trade linkages and regional growth in Italy”, Economic Geography, 85:3