Urban Economic Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovative and Entrepreneurial Cities in the Global Economy

Meet the Urban Economic Development and Resilience lecturers

Dr. Jan Fransen

Dr. Fransen has over 20 years of experience in research, education and consultancy in the field of local economic development, with a particular interest in urban employment, global value chains and evolutionary economics and complexity theory. 

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Dr. Paula Nagler

Paula Nagler is an economic researcher at IHS with 10 years of experience in public policy analysis, impact evaluation and micro-data analysis in a developing context. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and labor markets, social protection policies and inclusive innovation.

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Prof. Dr. Frank van Oort

Frank van Oort obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2002 and has 16 years of experience since. He is specialized in agglomeration economies, urban economics, economic geography, planning and housing, economic networks and urban geography.

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Beatriz Calzada Olvera

Beatriz Calzada Olvera is an economic researcher at IHS and a PhD fellow at United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) since 2015. Beatriz holds an MA degree in International and Development Economics from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin).

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  • Together with its partners IHS works at the forefront of urban development. IHS advises local and national governments on urban issues, trains public works officials, contributes to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) discussion and much more. IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI. IHS also partners with leading Dutch universities in the Netherlands and around the world to deliver a comprehensive understanding of urban development. This comprehensive network allows us to arrange for inspiring guest lectures both from academic colleagues as well as professionals working in key organisations. Guest lecturers for this specialisation track include:

Dr. Serdar Türkeli - Researcher / Coordinator Innovation, Institutions & Development Specialisation