The Irish Branch of the Regional Studies Association, the School of Economics UCC and the South West Regional Authority is organising a one day conference on the capacity of regions to respond to economic shock. It will take place at the Millennium Hall, Cork on Friday 22 February 2013. Among the key note speakers are Professor Ron Martin who is Professor of Economic Geography and a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute and Elected President of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge 2010-2013.
Professor Martin is a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research attached to the Judge Business School. He is also one of the Team in the Centre for Geographical Economic Research. He holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Catharine’s College. Ron’s impressive list of distinctions include: The British Academy’s ‘Thank-Offering to Britain’ Senior Research Fellowship; Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2001; Selected by the American Economic Association in 2003 as one of the World’s Most Cited Economists; Fellow of the British Academy, 2005.
Ron has written and/or edited over 40 books and published nearly 200 academic articles. His research interests include geographies of work, financial systems, public policy and economic development. His most recent work focuses on the concept of regional economic resilience.
Dr. Adrian Healy, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography. Adrian’s expertise focuses on innovation and regional economic development, combining knowledge of innovation, education and research initiatives. In this capacity he has worked with local, regional and national authorities in the UK as well as with several of the European Commission Directorate Generals and other Member States.
Dr. Healy’s experience includes working as an advisor on regional innovation to the advisory groups of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and as an expert advisor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Regional Disparities in Prosperity in the United Kindom. Adrian is currently co-ordinating an EU ESPON-funded leading study into economic resilience of regions in the face of economic crisis. This includes a case study of the South West Region in Ireland.