International Conference
Innovation, creativity and culture: outline of a new socio-economic post-crisis model for cities and regions

December 10-11, 2015. Barcelona
Venue: Faculty of Economics and Business. University of Barcelona. Avinguda Diagonal, 696. Sala de Juntes. 08034 Barcelona
Organization: University of Barcelona (Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway), University of Valencia (Pau Rausell) and University of Lleida (Joan Ganau)

The conference is free of charge and the conference language will be English.

This International Conference, open to all researchers and practitioners, will serve as the closure of the Spanish research project INNOVA. This project combines different disciplinary and territorial sensitivities addressing the complex problem of the socio-economic model for the Spain in the aftermath of the economic crisis, through the perspective of innovation, creativity and culture. The University of Valencia, University of Lleida and University of Barcelona are the research teams of INNOVA.


Keynote speakers

Bastian Lange: Makerspaces – The role of manufacturing 2.0 in post-crisis cities

BastianLange_sw_850x567Bastian Lange, Dr. phil., is an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. He spearheads the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. Since 2014 he is commissioned within the project COWERK (peer-production in open workshops, funded by the German ministry of education and research between 2014-2017 (see He is particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes. Bastian Lange studied geography, ethnology and urban development in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained his doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Xavier Castañer: Creativity, innovation and culture for cities and regions: Recap and reflections for a post-crisis model?

Castaner XavierBachelor and MBA by ESADE and PhD in Business Administration by the University of Minnesota, he is Professor of Strategy at the Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. Previously he was Assistant Professor at Business Policy Departments of ESADE and HEC Paris and he has also taught at the University of Geneva and the London Business School, among others. At ESADE he also was executive secretary of the Institute of Public Leadership and Management. He has been co-director of the Cultural Management of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne. He currently teaches and conducts research about organizational governance, strategy, design and development as well as innovation and alliances, in the cultural sector among others. His research has been published at Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Cultural Economics. He is a coauthor of The competitiveness of the industrial firm in Catalunya. Environment, strategies and public policies (1996), published by Fundació Empresarial Catalana and Edicions 62. He was elected member of the Executive Board of the Association for Cultural Economics International (2004-2008).

Lecturers and Round table

Rafael Boix
Rafael Boix
Rafael Boix is an Associate Professor at the Departament d’Estructura Economica, Universitat de València. Born in Spain, he previously held academic position at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has been visiting researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, visiting professor at the European Business Module of the Università degli Studi di Firenze and teacher in the master courses of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya. He has been external consultant for the OECD and has participated in applied research for the Barcelona City Hall, Barcelona’s Province Government and the Spanish Ministry of Industry.
Marianna D'Ovidio
Marianna D'Ovidio
Marianna d´Ovidio is an urban sociologist based at the Dept. of Sociology and Social Research of Università Milano – Bicocca where she is working on urban cultural economy, innovation and creativity. Her research interests range from social and cultural innovation, creativity (and in particular their relation with the urban space) to territorial analysis and the urban change; to micro-mobility and technology to the methodology for the urban analysis.

Her lecture is titled: The embeddedness of Digital Craftsmanship. Maker spaces in Milan, Italy

Ivan Tosics
Ivan Tosics
Dr. Tosics is one of the principals of Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest. He is mathematician and sociologist (PhD) with long experience in urban sociology, strategic urban development, housing policy and EU regional policy issues. Since 2011 he is one of the four Thematic Pole Managers of the URBACT programme. He teaches at the University of Pécs, Department of Political Studies, Doctoral School.

His lecture is titled: Urban regeneration after the crisis: to what extent can innovation replace public money?





9.45-10 OpeningDean FEE Elisenda Paluzie
10-10.45 Bastian Lange, MultiplicitiesMakerspaces – The role of manufacturing 2.0 in post-crisis cities
10.45-11.15 Break
11.15-12.45 INNRED-Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway

INNOCULT- Pau Rausell

INNTER- Joan Ganau

12.45-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.15 Iván Tosics, Metropolitan Research InstituteUrban regeneration after the crisis: to what extent can innovation replace public money?
15.15- 16.45

Modera: Ramon Marrades

1. Georgios Adamopoulos. Project “KEMP”, A Digitally Augmented Participatory Design Process Through Social. Networking & Urban Analysis Tools

2.Josep Sorribes Monrabal and Joan Sanchis Muñoz  Valencia and its Metropolitan Area: A Post-Crisis Economic Perspective on Functional and Spatial Interlinkages

3 Daniel Screpanti. Urbanism and Economic Activities Geodata. Toward innovative Geographies of Work for Pre-industrial Landscapes.

4 Phillip Speranza. Social Interaction and Cohesion Tool: A Dynamic Design Approach for Barcelona’s Superilles

5 Chwan Li Sectoral System Of Innovation in Museums: a case Of Valencia

16.45-17 Break
17 -18.30

Modera:Raúl Abeledo


6. Boyd Cohen. The Emergence of Urban Entrepreneurship

7. Antonio Paolo Russo, Pier Luigi Sacco & Elsa Soro. The EcoC (European Capital of Culture) process as an opportunity to re-think urban regeneration

8. Diana Pochettino. Creative cultural management policies: A small-town view “from the end of the world

9.   Luis Antonio Sáez. Teruel and the legend of Los Amantes: Innovation, creativity and culture in a minimum city

10. Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio Towards Valletta 2018. Community, Mapping and Cultural Regeneration.


9-9.45 Marianna d’Ovidio, University of Milan-BicoccaThe embeddedness of Digital Craftsmanship. Maker spaces in Milan, Italy

Modera : Marc Pradel


11. Álvaro Fierro: The Transformation of a Post-fordist City into a Cultural One Suffering two Crisis: The Case of Barakaldo (Spain)

12. Letizia Chappini. What does the ‘sharing economy’ entail?

13. Sigrid Yanara Palacios Castillo. Pacific Music Festival as Catalyst for Social Integration

14. Maria Moreira. Culture and heritage, a tool to the regeneration in Vila Franca de Xira and Alhandra

15. Sonja Latik. In arts we trust, so help us art: the new urban imaginaries of divided city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

11.15-11.45 Break

Modera: Daniel Paül


16. Carles Baigues. Pla Buits. Social Innovation in the community

17. Katja Majcen. Self-managed housing as a sustainable solution to address affordable housing shortage: The case of Rio de Janeiro

18. Jordi Nofre. Exploring nightscapes in the ludic city: The interplay between studentification, touristification and gentrification in Bairro Alto, Lisbon

12.30-13.15 Xavier Castañer, University of LausanneCreativity, innovation and culture for cities and regions: Recap and reflections for a post-crisis model?

Round table: Rafael Boix, University of Valencia (moderator)

Ramon Marrades (Econcult / Urbego)

Giulia Maci (IFHP / Urbego)Farah Makki (EHESS / Urbego)

Simona Dobrescu (Steer Davies Gleave / Urbego)

Clenn Kustermans (OMGEVING/ Urbego)



For registration and any other inquiries, please contact Montse Simó ( Please state in the mail subject: ‘INNOVA conference’

For abstract submissions, please contact Ramon Marrades ( Please state in the mail subject: ‘INNOVA conference submission’ and your preferred track.