Plenary presentations of the III. ICUBERD event, 2018

Elisabetta Marinelli Elisabetta Marinelli is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Seville, Spain).  An economist by training, she holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.  She has published articles in journals such as Regional Studies, Technovation, Environment and Planning and The Journal of Business Research. Over the years she has researched a variety of topics, including graduates’ migration, the R&D investment strategies of MNEs, technology foresight and regional development. More recently she has been working on Smart Specialisation Strategies, with a particular attention to the role universities, the mechanisms of stakeholders’ interaction and the monitoring processes.
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain  
Esteban Lafuente Esteban Lafuente is Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is currently part of the Editorial Review Board of Small Business Economics. He also served as Senior Researcher in the Catalan entrepreneurship observatory, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM-Catalunya) between 2009 and 2013. His research work is mostly devoted to the economic analysis of organizations, with special emphasis on models of managerial economics and topics in applied econometrics. He is interested in the problems and possibilities of entrepreneurial activities and business creation, and their economic benefits from a territorial perspective.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain  
Joan Crespo Joan Crespo is a Post-doctorant at University of Toulouse in France. His main fields of research are knowledge network, innovation management, evolution of clusters and regional resilience. He has published articles in journals such as Regional Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Economic Geography.
University of Toulouse, France  
Luke Pittaway Luke Pittaway is the Copeland Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Management Department at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Prior to becoming chair, he served as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and held a senior leadership role within the Department of Management including scheduling, junior faculty mentoring and area coordination for entrepreneurship programs and new program development. He was formerly the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair in Free Enterprise and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership at Georgia Southern University where he managed programs in entrepreneurship until May 2013. He is on a number of editorial boards including: International Small Business Journal; International Journal of Management Reviews; and, the Service Industries Journal.
Ohio University, USA  
Manfred Paier Manfred Paier is a trained physicist (Mag.rer.nat; University of Graz, Austria). Following studies in energy economics (University of Technology, Vienna), he joined the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in 1996. Since then he has been working as a Scientist in technology studies, economics of innovation as well as innovation policy. His fields of expertise are the dynamics of socio-technical systems, agent-based modelling, spatial statistics, innovation networks, and policy evaluation. He has extensive experience in conducting and leading international research projects, international scientific conferences, as well as in policy consulting at regional, national and European levels.
Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria  
Marcus Dejardin Marcus Dejardin is Professor of Economics at the University of Namur and the Université catholique de Louvain. He has developed expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, regional economics, and public policy analysis. Marcus is Director of the Chair of Excellence for Research and Expertise in Entrepreneurship (CHEREE) and of the Centre for Research in Regional Economics and Economic Policy (CERPE). He is the Founding Editor of the New Economics Papers – Entrepreneurship Newsletter. He serves as an Editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal; an Associate Editor of The Annals of Regional Science and of Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine - Journal of Regional and Urban Economics.
University of Namur and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium  
Thomas Scherngell Thomas Scherngell joined the Innovation Systems Department of AIT in December 2007, currently leading the thematic area Innovation Systems Modelling of the Department. He holds a venia docendi (habilitation) in Economic Geography and Regional Science, received from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2012. He is an expert in economics of innovation and technological change as well as in regional science and spatial analysis. Over the past five years, his research focus was on the structure and dynamics of R&D networks, with a special focus on networks constituted under the heading of the European Framework Programmes (FPs).
Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria  
Ugo Fratesi Ugo Fratesi is Associate Professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico di Milano since December 2010. He is Editor of main section papers and Book Review Editor of Regional Studies (Taylor and Francis) since 2013. Previously (2008-2012) he was a member of the editorial board of the Italian Journal of Regional Science. He was member of the Council of the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International (AISRe) for the period 2010-2016 and was its Treasurer for the period 2010-2013. Prof. Fratesi has been involved with various roles in a large number of research project, especially at European level, financed by the Espon programme, FP5, FP7, Horizon 2020 and the European Commission directly.
Politecnico di Milano, Italy  

Plenary presentations of the II. ICUBERD event, 2017


Mark Sanders Fires and the university: The role of universities in an entrepreneurial society
Utrecht University School of Economics, Netherlands
Paul Benneworth Smart policy mixes for stimulating university-based ecosystems: Relevance & engagement in an age of excellence and uniqueness
University of Twente, Netherlands
Einar Rasmussen The regional impacts of university spin-offs
Nord University, Norway
Jacek Klich Toward an entrepreneurial university? The polish higher education system at the crossroads
Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Simonyi BEDC

“We are a self-sustaining, university driven entrepreneurship ecosystem that allows the interaction of all actors of the socio-economic environment of the region interwoven with the international economic centers of gravity through our communities of practice.”

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As a key drivers of regional economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship attract substantial attention in research and policy. With the establishment of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center (RIERC) at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) of the University of Pécs the aim is to increase synergies among research groups at FBE and to provide a joint platform for research in regional innovation and entrepreneurship. RIERC conducts research in regional innovation (knowledge network analysis, agent-based innovation modeling, spatial econometric studies, university-industry relations), entrepreneurship (Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index – REDI, small business competitiveness, university spin-offs), development policy impact modeling (Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR)-type models) and applies research results in concrete regional development policy analyses. Established in 2015 RIERC succeeds the Center for Research in Economic Policy (GKK) at FBE.

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MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group

The research group focuses on one of the highly critical yet least understood areas of the Hungarian innovation system that is innovation co-operations and entrepreneurship. The traditional tools provide insufficient ground for a deeper understanding of these areas, and they do not support the investigation of the relationship between innovation and economic growth either. The research carried out by the group analyses the complex system of relationships between innovation co-operations, entrepreneurship and economic growth on the basis of the latest methodological tools developed in the international literature that include – among others – agent-based simulation, Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) and Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR) modelling. This variety of approaches ensures more thorough understanding of the topic that enables sensitivity testing of economic growth against tools of innovation policy and development of scenarios for economic policy