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Regional Economics Applications Laboratory


Visiting Scholars



Visiting scholars come to REAL from all over the world under various financial support schemes. During their stay at REAL they have the opportunity to exchange and discuss research views with REAL and University of Illinois faculty and students, which often leads to a joint publication of academic papers. In addition, at REAL faculty and students present their research in a weekly REAL seminar and visiting scholars are fervently invited to take part in it.

Below is a list of visiting scholars profile and contact information, by alphabetical order of their first names.

Current visiting scholars (Fall 2018)

Carles Mendéz Ortega

Fei Lan

Paulino Montes-Solla

Renata Caldas

Stefan Borsky

Volodymyr Riaboshlyk

Wander Plassa da Silva

Xiaoai Jia



 
Carles Méndez Ortega

Ph.D. Student
Department of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
e-mail: carles.mendez@urv.cat

Carles Méndez is a PhD Student at the Department of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain. He has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Economics from the same University. His thesis, entitled "Location of the Software and Videogames industry inside Metropolitan Areas" is trying to understand what determines the location of Software and Videogames firms within cities and the agglomeration processes with other creative using a wide range of methodological tools.

 

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Fei Lan

Associate Professor
Management School, Wuhan University of Technology, China
Period in REAL: Jul 2018 - Jul 2019
e-mail: flylancy@hotmail.com

She received her PhD. in Management Science and Engineering in 2009 from Wuhan University of Technology. Her research interests focus on regional and industrial innovation, especially regional synergy innovation. Her first contact with REAL was on June 2011, as a visiting scholar at REAL to do research on co-evolutionary game analysis on main actors of regional innovation system. In July 2018 she visited REAL again for one year to agglomeration and spillover effects of regional synergy Innovation – with a focus on cross-regional cooperation.

 

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Paulino Montes-Solla

R&D Manager and Associate Researcher
Jean Monnet Group of Competition and Regional Development, University of A Coruña, Spain
Period in REAL: Jul 2018 - Sep 2018
e-mail: paulino.montes.solla@udc.es

Paulino Montes-Solla is an R&D Manager and Associate Researcher of the Jean Monnet Group of Competition and Regional Development (C+D) of the Department of Economics at University of A Coruna, from 2013. He earned his Bachelor in Economics in 2011 from University of A Coruna and his Ph.D. in 2015. Since 2009 he is a member of the expert group in Regional Policy and a regular contributor to the reports on ERDF funds for the European Commission. His main research field are Regional Development, Economic Geography, Regional Policy, Innovation Management and Renewable Energy Economy. He has published the results of their research in different academic journals and specialized books.

 

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Renata Caldas

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept of Economics, UIUC
Ph.D. in Economics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2011 - Present
e-mail: rcaldas@illinois.edu

Renata received her PhD in Economics from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and currently she is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been part of REAL mafia since August 2011, when she came to UIUC as a visiting student for the first time. Her research interests are Development Economics, Impact Evaluation, Poverty and Inequality, focusing especially in Brazil. Her current researches are related to impact evaluation of public policies in Brazil, specifically irrigation and micro credit policies implementeed in the Brazilian semi-arid area, and the analysis of intergovernamental transfers and its impacts on regional inequalities in Brazil.

 

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Stefan Borsky

Assistant Professor
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria
Period in REAL: Jun 2018 - Oct 2018
e-mail: stefan.borsky@uni-graz.at

Stefan Borsky received his PhD in Economics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and is currently working in a multidisciplinary research center on climate and global change. He is environmental economist interested in the economic impact of climate change with a particular focus on the subnational level and how it transmits in space. Further, his research focuses on how sustainable product standard agreements affects international trade patterns in natural resources.

 

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Volodymyr Riaboshlyk (or Ryaboshlyk)

Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Center for Innovations Development at National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Aug 2018
e-mail: ryaboshlyk@ukr.net

Volodymyr Ryaboshlyk has a PhD in Economic Cybernetics from the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy, Moscow, Russia; and his M.Sc in Computer Aided Management Systems at Kharkiv Politechnic Institute, Ukraine. He also took the program for Senior Ukrainian Economists at the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Currently he works at the Center for Innovations Development at National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy". His research interests focus on upgrading the Intput-Output for an adequate reflection of radical technological changes like industrial revolutions, and on better forecasting of the impacts of these changes on an overall functioning of the economy. This also relates to the problem of advance capturing the turning points as at the recent economic crisis.

 

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Wander Plassa da Silva

Ph.D. Student
School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
e-mail: wanderplassa@usp.br

Wander Plassa is currently Ph.D. student at FEA/RP at University of São Paulo. His research interests focus on the relationship between crime and education. His thesis, entitled "The impact of violence on dropout and school repetition" is trying to understand how experiences with violence may affects educational outcomes among elementary and middle school students in Brazil.

 

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Xiaoai Jia

Associate Professor
Department of Statistics, Shandong Technology and Business University, China
Period in REAL: Dec 2017 - Dec 2018
e-mail: jxiaoai1314@gmail.com

Xiaoai Jia has a PhD in Applied Economics (Statistics) from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics of China, Dalian. Her research interests focus on National economic accounting, Methods for calculating financial intermediation services indirectly measured.

 

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