Raquel Ortega-Argilés holds the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the Department of Strategy and International Business and the City-REDI research institute at Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK. Her current research work focuses urban and regional inequalities and development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and current issues such as the uneven regional impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 or the regional effects of the digital economy and automation. She is an editor of Regional Studies.
Previously, Raquel has held positions at the University of Groningen, Technical University of Lisbon, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Max-Planck Institute of Economics, and the University of Barcelona. She is the holder of the 2019 Martin Beckmann Prize for the Best Paper published in Papers in Regional Science for her work on the economic exposure to Brexit in European regions and the 2016 Regional Studies Best Paper Award for her work on the regional dimensions of Smart Specialisation. This year, she has received the 2021 Martin Beckmann Prize for her work on the optimisation of Smart Specialisation policies using the Regional Entrepreneurship and Development index.
Her work has been published in international journals such as Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Empirical Economics, Science and Public Policy, Small Business Economics, Regional Studies, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Economic Geography and the Journal of Regional Science and in refereed books on innovation and entrepreneurship, European policy or regional economic development topics.
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