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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 (Spring 2018)

Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón

Mi Zhou

Nikolaos Kalyviotis

Orsa Kekezi

Raissa Carvalho Bragança

Renata Caldas

Volodymyr Riaboshlyk

Xiaoai Jia



 
Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón

Researcher
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia
Period in REAL: Feb 2018 - Present
e-mail:

Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón has been a research assistant for 5 year in the area of Impact Evaluation and Strategic Studies in the department of Decision and Policy Analysis-DAPA of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture-CIAT, Colombia. She has a Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad del Valle-Cali, and a Masters in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario-Bogotá, Colombia. Her research focuses on the adoption of varieties, agronomic practices and new agricultural technologies and impact of the climate variability mainly on rice cultivation in Latin America. Her research interest are Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy and Climate Change.

 

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Mi Zhou

Associate Professor
Chinese Urban and Regional Economic Research Center, Nankai University of China, Tianjin
Period in REAL: Aug 2017 - Aug 2018
e-mail: nkzhoumi@nankai.edu.cn

Mi Zhou has a PhD in Applied Economics (Regional Industry Analysis) from Nankai University of China, Tianjin. She is deputy director of Chinese Urban and Regional Economic Research Center in Nankai University of China. Her research interests focus on regional growth theory and policy, regional absorptive capability, spatial collaboration innovation network.

 

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Nikolaos Kalyviotis

Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham, UK
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
e-mail: nkalyvio@illinois.edu

Nikos is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering of University of Birmingham, a Dipl.-Ing. (equivalent of MSc) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a holder of three Masters Degrees: MSPM from Politecnico di Milano, MBA from Umea University and MSc from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. At the present time, he is working on his PhD dissertation, which is related to infrastructure management, and he is engaged with the US Army Corps of Engineers to examine infrastructure's post-recovery from unexpected events. One third of his doctorate will be held at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a smaller part at University of Melbourne.

 

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Orsa Kekezi

Ph.D. Student
Jönköping University, Sweden
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Oct 2017; Feb 2018 - Jul 2018
e-mail: orsa.kekezi@ju.se

Orsa Kekezi has obtained her BA and MSc in Economics from Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. In fall 2015 she started her PhD studies in the same university. Her research interests lie in regional economics with specific focus on agglomeration economies, labor mobility, and knowledge spillovers. In her thesis she applies these theories in the cultural and creative industries in Sweden.

 

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Raissa Carvalho Bragança

Ph.D. Student in Economic Development
Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2017 - May 2018
e-mail: raissa@illinois.edu

Raissa is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in Economic Development at Federal University of Parana, Brazil. Her research interests are regional economy development and labor economics. Her PhD dissertation is focused on the expansion of higher education institutions (HEI) in Brazil and its impacts on regional development and labor markets.

 

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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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Volodymyr Riaboshlyk (or Ryaboshlyk)

Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Center for Innovations Development at National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - May 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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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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