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Regional Upgrading in Southern Europe

Spatial Disparities and Human Capital

  • Madalena Fonseca
  • Ugo Fratesi


  • Seeks to present a new concept of regional upgrading in lagging regions and to detect a critical link between regional disparities and human capital

  • Unique in its focus on economic geography and regional development patterns in Southern Europe

  • Combines profound theoretical discussion with strong empirical and comparative content

  • Offers great diversity of the scientific (and regional) background of contributors


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Regional Upgrading in Southern Europe and its Regions: The Context

  3. Regional Upgrading I: Innovation, Productivity, FDI, Infrastructure and Policies

  4. Regional Upgrading II: Human Capital, Education, Labour Market and Migration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Enrique López-Bazo, Vassilis Monastiriotis, Elisabet Motellón
      Pages 215-244
    3. Ricardo Biscaia, Pedro Teixeira, Vera Rocha, Margarida Fonseca Cardoso
      Pages 323-344
  5. Postscript

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345

About this book


The book is aimed at a wide audience, including academics, economic geography, spatial planning and regional policy researchers, institutional leaders and managers, national and institutional policy makers, practitioners, administrators, master's and senior bachelor's students on related courses, general readers. A list of courses and corresponding programmes in Geography, Planning, Economics and Management will be prepared later.


Regional Upgrading Southern Europe Regional Disparities Human Capital European Regional Policy Socio-Economic Structures

Editors and affiliations

  • Madalena Fonseca
    • 1
  • Ugo Fratesi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PortoLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Department ABCPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

About the editors

Madalena Fonseca is a Geographer and Assistant Professor at the University of Porto, Department of Geography. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography. Currently, she is the General Secretary of the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES (Lisboa). Her main research topics are currently linked with higher education and human capital: offer and demand of higher education, access, the Portuguese higher education system, higher education and regional development and quality assurance. She is a member of the Board of the European Consortium for Accreditation – ECA (The Hague) and the international expert for international accreditations of the German agency ZEVA (Hannover). She takes part in two Erasmus+ research projects on strategic partnerships for higher education. She is the author and co-author of a large number of papers and chapters of books in the field of economic geography and regional development.

Ugo Fratesi> is Associate Professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico di Milano since December 2010. He is Editor of main section papers and Book Review Editor of Regional Studies since 2013. Previously, he was member of the editorial board of the Italian Journal of Regional Science. He was member of the Council of the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International (AISRe) for the period 2010-2016 and was its Treasurer for the period 2010-2013. He has been involved with various roles in a large number of research project, especially at European level, financed by the Espon programme, the FP5, FP7, Horizon 2020 or the European Commission directly. He is co-author of several books and author of a large number of papers published in refereed journals in the field of regional economics, primarily on the themes of regional growth and development, the models for forecasting regional growth, regional policy, the theory and measurement of regional disparities, the territorial aspects of human capital and innovation.

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