Simona Iammarino is Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Cagliari, Italy, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography & Environment of the LSE. She was Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE (2009-2022), where she acted as Head of Department (2014-2017) and academic member of the LSE Council (2016-2020). Simona has also been an affiliate faculty member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) L’Aquila, Italy, since 2016, and member of the Board of the LSE-Cañada Blanch Centre since 2021.
Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, globalisation and local economic development; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional systems of innovation; Regional and local economic development and policy. She has published more than 70 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, two co-authored books, around 30 book chapters, and numerous working papers, policy reports and other publications.
She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013), is currently co-editor of the Journal of Economic Geography, and a member of the RSA Board and Chair of the RSA Journal Committee. Simona has a 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 numerous government agencies.