Prof. Daniela L. Constantin
Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Daniela L. Constantin is a Full Professor of Regional Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest and the Director of the Research Centre for Macroeconomic and Regional Forecasting of this university. She’s also President of the Romanian Regional Science Association, Member of the Evaluation Committee of Romania’s Regional Operational Programme co-funded by the EU. Her main scientific interest concentrates on regional policies, regional convergence and competitiveness, EU structural assistance, migration, SMEs and entrepreneurship, environmental issues and human security.  She carried out numerous research stages abroad as Fulbright, DAAD and Phare-Tempus scholar. Daniela Constantin has authored or co-authored a large number of books and an article published in Romania and abroad and has participated in various national and international research project teams.


Prof. Manfred M. Fischer
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Manfred M. Fischer (born February 25, 1947) is an Austrian and German regional scientist, Professor Emeritus at the Vienna University of Economics and Business [WU Vienna] and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Fischer earned his Dr. rer. nat. degree summa cum laude in geography and mathematics from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany) in 1975 and his habil. degree (venia docendi) in social and economic geography from University of Vienna in 1982 with a thesis entitled A Methodology of Regional Taxonomy.

He was visiting professor at the Oskar Lange Academy of Economics in Wroclav (Poland) in summer 1978, and at the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1988 before he joined the faculty of WU – as chair of economic geography – at the end of 1988. He is founding co-editor of both the Journal of Geographical Systems and the Springer book series Advances in Spatial Science.

Manfred M. Fischer is known in academia for his work on quantitative methods and models in regional science and related fields. He has published 40 books (monographs and edited volumes) including the prestigious Handbook of Regional Science (three volumes) and over 200 scholarly articles in academic journals and edited volumes. Some of his books have been translated into Chinese.

In 2015, he was awarded the Jean Paelinck RSAI [Regional Science Association International, an association with over 5,000 members] Award for distinguished lifelong scholarship in regional science methods, and in 2016 the Founder’s Medal, the highest accolade of the RSAI, awarded every four years to scholars who have made significant lifelong contributions to regional science.

Prof. Peter Nijkamp
Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam

Prof. Peter Nijkamp is Dutch economist and unquestionably a top-class scientist of international renown. He belongs to the top 100 economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc (currently the position 15). He is an author or co-author of more than 500 scientific papers and 70 books with extremely high number of citations (more than 40 000 citations on Google Scholar). In 1995 his research group was evaluated as an international pioneering centre in spatial development research. The importance of his work lies not only in enriching international theoretical knowledge but also in their practical implications. About the quality of Nijkamp work, among many other things, testify membership in of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and World Academy of Arts and Science. He has honorary doctorate from Free University Brussel, National Technical University of Athens, and Poznan University. He is a holder of the most prestigious academic award in the Netherlands – Spinoza Prize.

Assoc. prof. John Östh
University of Uppsala, Sweden

John Östh is a senior lecturer in Geography with GIS at the department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University. His primary research is oriented towards Spatial Analysis and GIS, software development and quantitative analysis in population and economic geography with special focus on demography and migration, school choice and labour market opportunities, and more recently also the geography of human interaction on the Internet and through mobile phone usage. His software project EquiPop has got users in 22 countries (EquiPop is a software-program developed for the calculation of k-nearest neighbourhoods/contexts. The software is specifically designed to work with datasets that contain thousands or millions of observations and offers viable solutions to Knn questions also where large areas and complex geographies are involved.)