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The Growth Corridor Vision and its Realities – Insights for Development in Africa

Hosted by the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies

Online and in-person public event, MAR.1.08, United Kingdom


Prof. Javier Revilla Díez

Prof. Javier Revilla Díez

Professor Geography Institute, University of Köln, Germany


Prof. Andrés Rodriguez-Pose

Prof. Andrés Rodriguez-Pose

Professor of Economic Geography, Princesa de Asturias Chair and Director of the Cañada-Blanch Centre

Prof. Javier Revilla Díez will reflect on the realities and insights of the development corridor programs overtook in Africa in the last decades.

Meet our speaker and chair

Prof. Javier Revilla Díez holds a Chair in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography at the University of Cologne. He was appointed within the framework of the key profile area “Socio-economic, Cultural, and Political Transformations in the Global South” of the Global South Studies Center at the University of Cologne, supported by the German Excellence Initiative. Before, Revilla Diez holds a Chair in Economic Geography at the Institute for Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hannover. He is member of the advisory board of the Lower Saxonian Institute for Economic Research (Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung). Revilla Diez graduated at Hannover University in Geography (1991) with economics, regional planning and hydrology as a minor. In 1995 he completed his PhD at the University of Hannover on the regional transformation process in Vietnam. 2001 he finished his “habilitation” on metropolitan innovation systems in Europe. From 1991 until 2002 he was employed at the University of Hannover. 

From 2002 until 2006 he was Professor (C3) at the Geography Institute at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel. After his PhD on the economic and regional transformation processes in Vietnam he focused on knowledge based regional development (especially regional innovation systems), and vulnerability research in Europe and Asia. Recently he worked on regional growth in the Greater Pearl River Delta (China), on economic restructuring and responses to crisis in rural Vietnam/Thailand, and Tsunami risks, vulnerability and resilience in the Phang-Nga Province, Thailand. His research publications have appeared in, among others, World Development, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Technovation, European Planning Studies, International Regional Science Review, Papers in Regional Science, Natural Hazards, and Applied Geography."

Prof. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is the Princesa de Asturias Chair and a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He is the Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre LSE. He is a former Head of the Department of Geography and Environment between 2006 and 2009. He is a past-President of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (2015-2017) and served as Vice-President of the RSAI in 2014. He was also Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association.


More about this event

 The Cañada-Blanch Centre at LSE is the vehicle to achieve the objective of the Fundación Cañada Blanch: developing and reinforcing the links between the United Kingdom and Spain. This is done by means of fostering cutting-edge knowledge generation and joint research projects between researchers in the United Kingdom, and at the LSE in particular, on the one hand, and Spain, on the other.

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