Alessandra Faggian

Alessandra Faggian

Professor of Applied Economics @ Gran Sasso Science Institute

Alessandra Faggian is Professor of Applied Economics, Director of Social Sciences and Vice Provost for Research at the Gran Sasso Science Institute. She is also past President of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), current co-editor of Journal of Regional Science and previous co-editor of the journal Papers in Regional Science.

Dr Faggian’s research interests lie in the fields of regional and urban economics, demography, labour economics and economics of education. Her publications cover a wide range of topics including migration, human capital, labour markets, creativity and local innovation and growth. She has co-authored over 80 academic publications. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Oxford Economics Papers, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Regional Science and The Journal of Economic Geography.

Dr, Faggian is the 2007 recipient of the Moss Madden Memorial Medal by the Regional Science Association International: Irish and British section (RSAIBIS) for the best paper published in the year 2006 and the 2015 recipient of the Geoffrey Hewings Award by The North American Regional Council for outstanding research contribution by a young scholar in the field of regional science. In a recent ranking of the top 100 regional scientists in the world (Rickman and Winters, 2016), she was ranked 19th.

Keynote speech at GEOINNO2020: Friday 31th January at 13:20 - 14:50, Energy Hall

Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps regions specialize in environmental technologies providing they already master the relative focal green knowledge, and directs regional innovations elsewhere otherwise. AI reinforces path-dependence in the regional development of eco-innovation, but it also attenuates the role of relatedness in that, and enables regions more explorative patterns of search in the green-tech domain.


  • University of Stavanger - Norway


  • Lyse Energi
  • Research Council of Norway
  • stavanger kommune
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