The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, are delighted to welcome you to the 7th Geography of Innovation Conference, which will take place at The University of Manchester on 10th – 12th January 2024.

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 six previous editions of the conference, held in Saint Etienne (France) in 2012, Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2014, Toulouse (France) in 2016, in Barcelona (Spain) in 2018, in Stavanger (Norway) in 2020, and most recently in 2022 in Milan (Italy), the main objective of this event is to bring together some of the world’s leading scholars from a variety of disciplines ranging from economic geography and regional science, to economics and management science, sociology and network theory, and political and planning sciences.

We have provided some information about the City of Manchester and the wider region, with links to helpful sites including some discounts for conference delegates, on our About Manchester page.

Our partners at Marketing Manchester have created a dedicated hotel booking portal with special prices for conference delegates. This will remain open until 13th December.

Up-to-date travel information can be found at the Visit Manchester website for conference delegates. For public transport in Manchester itself, visit the Bee Network website or download the Apple or Android app.


Local Organising Committee

  • Elvira Uyarra (Chair)
  • Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo (Co-chair)
  • Silvia Massini
  • Kieron Flanagan
  • Raquel Ortega-Argilés
  • Phil Shapira
  • Shukhrat Nasirov
  • Cornelia Lawson
  • Bruce Tether
  • Philip McCann

Other Committee Members

  • Corinne Autant-Bernard (University of Saint Etienne, France)
  • Jerome Vicente (University of Toulouse, France)
  • Koen Frenken (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Kristoffer Woldseth Moldekleiv (University of Stavanger, Norway)
  • Ron Boschma (Utrecht University, The Netherlands and University of Stavanger, Norway)
  • Rosina Moreno (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Rune Dahl Fitjar (University of Stavanger, Norway)
  • Andrea Morrison (University of Pavia and Bocconi University, Italy)


Committee Members

  • Alessandra Colombelli (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy)
  • Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Artur da Rosa Pires (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
  • Beatrice D’Ippolito (University of York, UK)
  • Bjørn Terje Asheim (University of Stavanger, Norway)
  • Canfei He (Peking University, China)
  • Carlos Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
  • Cesar Hidalgo (ANITI, University of Toulouse)
  • David Charles (Northumbria University, UK)
  • David L. Rigby (UCLA, US)
  • Davide Consoli (INGENIO-CSIC, Spain)
  • Dieter Kogler (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Elisa Giuliani (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Ernest Miguelez (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Francesco Lissoni (University of Bordeaux, France)
  • Francesco Quatraro (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edimburgh, UK)
  • Gaetan de Rassenfosse (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Heike Mayer (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Ina Drejer (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Jose-Luis Hervas-Oliver (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)
  • Josep Maria Arauzo Carod (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
  • Julie Le Gallo (Agrosup Dijon, France)
  • Lars Coenen (HVL The Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development, Norway)
  • Lisa de Propris (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Lorenzo Cassi (Paris-Sorbonne, France)
  • Luisa Gagliardi (Bocconi University, Italy)
  • Markus Grillitsch (Lund University)
  • Maryann Feldman (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Megan MacGarvie (Boston University, USA)
  • Mercedes Delgado (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Michael Fritsch (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Michaela Trippl (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Pierre Alex Balland (Utrecht University, The Netherlands and MIT, USA)
  • Rafael Boix (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Rhiannon Pugh (Lund University)
  • Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia, Italy)
  • Sami Mahroum (INSEAD Abu Dhabi UAE)
  • Shiri Breznitz (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Silvia Rita Sedita (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Simona Iammarino (London School of Economics, UK)
  • Stefano Breschi (Bocconi University, Italy)
  • Stefano Usai (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Tom Broekel (University of Stavanger, Norway)


Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, building on a more than 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester. With around 50 full members, approximately 40 PhD researchers, and a range of associated academics and practitioners, it is one of the world’s leading research centres in these fields.

Reflecting the ethos of rigour and relevance, engagement with key stakeholders is at the core of our work. The Institute informs science and innovation policy by engaging with key policymakers in the UK, Europe and further afield.



The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, as conference host and organiser, are delighted to have support from our partners at the Manchester Urban Institute and Creative Manchester, and from our partner and sponsor, the UKRI-funded Productivity Institute, in organising aspects of the conference programme.

Alliance Manchester Business School

Established in 1965 as one of the UK’s first two business schools, we are proud to be part of the prestigious University of Manchester and the UK’s largest campus-based business and management school.

As a full-service business School, we offer undergraduate, Master’s, MBA and Executive Education programmes. We also offer a highly-respected PhD programme.

A key moment in our history, in 2015 we were renamed Alliance Manchester Business School in recognition of Lord Alliance’s generous £15 million donation and his long-standing relationship with the University and the Business School.

At Alliance Manchester Business School, ‘Original Thinking Applied’ sits at the heart of everything we do.

With triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS, we provide world-class, industry-focused education to undergraduates, postgraduates and executives across the globe.

Our centres in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore open up a world of opportunities for our students, researchers and clients. All over the world, we engage with businesses of all sizes to share expertise and form rewarding partnerships.

Inspired by the city of Manchester’s history as a world-leader in enterprise, innovation and creativity, our research ethos can be defined as Original Thinking Applied. We undertake cutting-edge and influential research which has a transformative impact on policy and practice.

Our founding ethos places us at the frontiers of business and management. We have grown into one of the country’s largest business schools, with a range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives unrivalled in the UK.

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The University of Manchester

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of the Hallsworth Conference Fund of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.

With 25 Nobel Prize winners among our current and former staff and students, The University of Manchester has a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene. The University of Manchester is committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do.

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