The AQR research group and the University of Barcelona, in partnership with EUROLIO, are organizing the fourth
Conference of Geography of Innovation, which will take place in Barcelona
from January 31st to February 2nd  2018.

The Geography of Innovation Conference provides a forum for discussion to scholars interested in scientific,
policy and strategic issues concerning the spatial dimension of innovation activities.
In line with the three previous editions of the conference, held in Saint Etienne (France) in 2012,
Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2014 and Toulouse (France) in 2016, the main objective of this event is to bring together some of the
world’s leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines ranging from economic geography and regional science,
economics and management science, sociology and network theory, and political and planning sciences.



Head of the Committee:

Rosina Moreno (AQR-IREA Research Group. University of Barcelona, Spain)

Ernest Miguelez (GREThA – UMR CNRS 5113, University of Bordeaux)

Jordi Suriñach  (AQR-IREA Research Group. University of Barcelona, Spain)

 With the assistance of :

Bibiana Barnadas (AQR-IREA Research Group, University of Barcelona, Spain)


Other Committee Members :

  • Corinne Autant-Bernard (University of Saint-Etienne, France)
  • Pierre-Alexandre Balland (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Ron Boschma (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Koen Frenken (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Dieter Kogler (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Nadine Massard (University of Grenoble, France)
  • Jackie Krafft (CNRS – Gredeg, Groupe  de Recherche  en  Droit,  Economie,  Gestion,  France)
  • Francesco Lissoni (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Enrique Lopez Bazo (AQR-IREA Research Group, University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jerome Vicente (Sciences Po Toulouse, LEREPS and University of Toulouse, France)


Committee Members

  • Manuel Acosta Seró (U. Cadiz, Spain)
  • Ajay Agrawal (Rotman School of Management, Canada)
  • Josep Maria Arauzo Carod (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain) 
  • Rafael Boix (U. Valencia, Spain)
  • Stefano Breschi (Bocconi University, Italy)
  • Tom Broekel (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Christophe Carrincazeaux (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Roberta Capello (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • Lorenzo Cassi (Paris-Sorbonne, France)
  • Christian Catalini (MIT Sloan, US)
  • Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Davide Consoli (INGENIO-CSIC, Spain)
  • Michel Dimou (Toulon University, France)
  • Maryann Feldman (University of North Carolina, USA)
  • Vincent Frigant (U. Bordeaux, France)
  • Michael Fritsch (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Jose Garcia Quevedo (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Michel Grossetti (University of Toulouse, France)
  • Canfei He (Peking University, China)
  • Simona Iammarino (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
  • William Kerr (Harvard Business School, US)
  • Keld Laursen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  • Julie Le Gallo (Agrosup Dijon, France)
  • Mark Lorenzen (Copenhagen Business School , Denmark)
  • Sami Mahroum (INSEAD Abu Dhabi UAE)
  • Benjamin Montmartin (UNSA, France)
  • Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Anne Plunket (University of Nancy, France)
  • Francesco Quatraro (University of Turin Italy)
  • Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia, Italy)
  • Gaetan de Rassenfosse (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • David L. Rigby (UCLA, US)
  • Andres Rodriguez-Pose (London School of Economics, UK)
  • André Torre (INRA, Paris, France)
  • Michaela Trippl (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Stefano Usai (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Atilla Varga (Pecs University, Hungary)



The University of Barcelona’s Regional Quantitative Analysis research group (AQR-IREA) is located in the Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics of the University of Barcelona.
It consists of around forty professionals from Spain and other countries conducting research in the field of applied economics and focus on urban and regional issues.

The group itself has been officially recognized by the Government of Catalonia for the excellence of its work over the last twenty years and for its specific achievements, which include the presentation of research in international conferences, publication in referenced journals, books and monographs on specific subject areas, its participation in international, national and regional competitive research projects, its commitment to the training of Spanish and visiting doctoral students, and the organization of numerous workshops, seminars and conferences.


Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) is ranked within the top highest public universities in Spain, in terms of both quality of the teaching it offers and the productivity and quality of the research carried out by its members.

The UB has 109 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the UB’s 249 research organized groups. Since January 2010, the University of Barcelona is a part of the prestigious League of European Universities Research (LERU), a network of elite research-intensive universities across Europe which was founded in 2002 with the common denominator of teaching quality in higher education and a highly competitive international research.

UB is the only Spanish university invited to participate in this renowned alliance.


The Faculty of Economics and Business is a leading centre for tuition in economics, business, sociology and statistics, and can claim to be the foremost faculty in these disciplines in Catalonia.

It builds on the tradition established by the former Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, which trained the first class of economics graduates in Catalonia (1954-1959), and the University School of Business Studies, which provided tuition to many generations of business and business science graduates following its creation in 1850.

The two centres merged in July 2008 to form what is now the Faculty of Economics and Business.


Call for Special Sessions: May 19th, 2017

Papers and Extended abstracts Submission: June 1st to Sept. 20th, 2017

Acceptance Confirmation: October 2nd, 2017

Registration Opens: October 2nd, 2017

Registration Closes: November 24th, 2017

Congress Opens: January 31st, 2017