PhD School in Economics, University of Rome La Sapienza, 2021-2022
Teachers: Filippo Celata, Sapienza; Andrea Ascani, GSSI; Raffaella Coletti, CNR; Cesare Di Feliciantonio, Manchester Metropolitan University, Federico Martellozzo & Filippo Randelli, Unifi; Venere Stefania Sanna, Sapienza.
Objectives: The course introduces participants to some of the most recent theoretical and methodological advancements in the field of economic geography and related disciplines, focusing on local and regional development; spatial agglomeration and regional disparities; transnational enterprises and global production networks; urban and regional economic policies; environmental and sustainability issues; research methods and publication strategies. It will include lectures and engage participants in the discussion of specific research papers and challenges.

1. Geographies of regional disparities and sociospatial inequalities (Celata | 8 April 2022 | 11-18): the aim is to provide an overview of contemporary dynamics of regional economic divergence, of their geographies and implications, and an intellectual history of how scholars have dealt with the issue through classical, radical, institutional, relational and neoliberal perspectives. 
- Storper M (2018) Separate worlds? Explaining the current wave of regional economic polarization. Journal of Economic Geography.
- Rodríguez‐Pose A (2020) Institutions and the fortunes of territories. Regional Science Policy & Practice 12(3): 371-386.
- Kemeny-Storper (2020) Superstar cities and left-behind places: disruptive innovation, labor demand, and interregional inequality. LSE III Working paper 41.

2. Challenges in data collection methods and analysis (Di Feliciantonio | 13 April 2022 | 11-18) 
The module invites students to engage critically with some of the key-questions related to data collection methods and analysis in geography (and the social sciences): i) the benefits and limits of ‘mixing methods’; ii) the positionality of the researcher and research ethics. 
Note: in preparation for the module, students are asked to prepare a 2 minute presentation (no need for ppt) of their main idea for their PhD research, including research question and methodology.
- Elwood S (2010) Mixed Methods: Thinking, Doing, and Asking in Multiple Ways. In: D. DeLyser et al., The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Geography, pp. 94-114. Sage. 
- Ferreri M (2021) Politicising vacancy and commoning housing in municipalist Barcelona. In: O’Callaghan-Di Feliciantonio, The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy, Urban Politics and International Experiments in the post-Crisis City, pp. 181-196. Policy Press.
- Dyer-Demeritt D (2009) Un-ethical review? Why it is wrong to apply the medical model of research governance to human geography. Progress in Human Geography.
- England K (1994) Getting Personal: Reflexivity, Positionality, and Feminist Research. The Professional Geographer 46(1): 80-89.

3. Public policies and regional development (Coletti | 15 April 2022 | 9-13): the aim is to provide an overview and introduce participants to the analysis of regional development policies, with a focus on the evolution and future perspectives of the European Cohesion Policy, and particularly Territorial Cooperation.
- Farole T, Rodrìguez-Pose A & Storper M. (2011) Cohesion Policy in the European Union: Growth, Geography, Institutions. Journal of Common Market Studies.
- Medeiros E (2018) The Role of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) in EU Cohesion Policy, in Medeiros E, European Territorial Cooperation. Theoretical and Empirical Approaches, pp. 69-93. Springer. 
- Celata-Coletti (2014) Place-based strategies or territorial cooperation? Regional development in transnational perspective. Local Economy.

4. Global production networks, multinational enterprises and regional development (Ascani | 22 April 2022 | 11-18): this module aims at developing conceptual and empirical understanding of the interplay between globalization and territorial development, with an emphasis on multinational enterprises within global production networks and on global-local linkages.
- Yeung H W (2020) Regional worlds: From related variety in regional diversification to strategic coupling in global production networks. Regional Studies.
- Ascani A, Bettarelli L, Resmini L and Balland P-A (2020) Global networks, local specialisation and regional patterns of innovation. Research Policy.
- Iammarino S, Padilla-Perez R and von Tunzelmann N (2008) Technological capabilities and global–local interactions: the electronics industry in two Mexican regions. World Development.

5. Geographies of sustainability transitions (Martellozzo-Randelli | 26 April 2022 | 11-18): this module aims at highlighting the funding assumptions onto which the dynamic theoretical rationale disentangling the concept of sustainability and its intrinsic linkages with human development are based.
- Geels F W (2002) Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: a multi-level perspective and a case-study. Research Policy.
- Häyhä T et al (2016) From Planetary Boundaries to national fair shares of the global safe operating space.  Global Environmental Change.
- Landholm D M et al. (2019) Climate change mitigation potential of community-based initiatives in Europe. Regional Environmental Change.

6. Environmental policy and the circular economy (Sanna | 28 April 2022 | 11-13) This module aims at providing an overview of EU environmental policy debating the integration of the circular economy paradigm within the environmental sustainability framework, and discussing the growing role of its external and international dimensions.
-    Hobson K. (2015) Closing the loop or squaring the circle? Locating generative spaces for the circular economy. Progress in Human Geography.
-    Geissdoerfer M et al. (2017) The Circular Economy. A new sustainability paradigm? Journal of cleaner production.
-    Hartleya K, van Santenb R, Kirchherrb J, (2020) Policies for transitioning towards a circular economy: Expectations from the European Union. Resources, Conservation & Recycling.

7. Research and publication strategies (Celata | 29 April 2022 | 10-13): the aim is to provide a map of publishers, scientific journals, peer-review and evaluation systems, and of contemporary publication practices in economic geography, in order to assist participants in defining their research strategies.

Classes will take place in the 'Aula Master' of the Department MEMOTEF, Faculty of Economics, Via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 5th Floor, 'Economic Geography' corridor. Online classes will be at this Zoom link

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