Speaker Profile


Philip McCann, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Groningen

Philip McCann holds The University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015-2018. Educated at Cambridge University, Philip has held teaching positions in four different continents.

He has published in almost every area of economic geography, regional and urban economics, and his highly-cited research has won academic awards in several countries. Philip has been an invited keynote speaker in numerous conferences all over the world.

In terms of economic and policy analysis, as well as being an adviser to the European Commission, Philip has also advised various directorates within the OECD, the European Investment Bank and government departments and commissions in several countries on matters relating to regions, cities and globalisation.

He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Regional Science Association International, and the Regional Studies Association.


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