Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She served as Head of Department (2014–2017), and is an academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2022, 2nd term). 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.
Simona is also a Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project on private R&D investment in Kuwait.
Expertise: geography of innovation and technological change; multinational corporations; location and innovation strategies; local economic development; regional development policy; regional systems of innovation
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