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 was an academic member of the LSE Council (2016-2020). 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 will be co-editor of the Journal of Economic Geography from 1 January 2021. 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 was also a Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project on private R&D investment in Kuwait.
Current/Recent Research Grants
- Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, Project: 860887 - POLISS - Innovative Training Networks for “Policies for Smart Specialisation”, Dec. 2019-Dec 2022
- European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, project “Foreign direct investment, global value chains and regional economic development” (Expert Contract Nº 2018CE160AT083) April 2019-March 2020
- European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy: Tender on Falling into the Middle-Income Trap? (Nº 2018.CE.16.BAT.055), Dec 2018 – Dec 2019
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