Simona Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was Head of Department (01/01/2014 – 31/08/2017), and she is academic member of the LSE Council and Court of Governors (2016-2019). Simona’s main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local impacts; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional and local economic development and policy. She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013), and she is currently member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Publication Committee and of the RSA Research Committee. Simona has published more than 50 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, around 30 book chapters, and numerous working papers, policy reports and other publications. She co-authored two books widely cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation (with P. McCann, 2013). Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, and in consultancy projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.