Camelia Turcu

Laboratoire d'Economie d'Orleans

University of Orleans

Camelia Turcu is Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Orléans (France) and a research affiliate at the Laboratoire d'Economie d'Orléans (LEO - CNRS). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Poitiers where she was a research assistant. Camelia also held a lecturer position at the University of Poitiers. Her research areas include economic geography, international macroeconomics and transition economics. Her current work is related to firms location choices, exchange rate regimes effects on countries production structure and sovereign debt analysis. She has published articles in national and international journals, several book chapters and a book. Currently Camelia is also involved in the management (Conseil d’Administation) of the French Regional Science Association (ASRDLF). As INFER chair Camelia coordinates the board and represents the network worldwide.


First Vice-Chair


Alberto Bagnai

Faculty of Economics

University Gabriele d'Annunzio

Alberto Bagnai is Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the Faculty of Economics of the Gabriele d’Annunzio University in Pescara (Italy), and research fellow at the CREAM (Centre for Globalization Research) of the University of Rouen (France). He received his PhD at the University of Rome I. His research activity focuses on the sustainability of fiscal and external imbalances in emerging and developed countries, on the relations between trade and growth, and on the Eurozone crisis. The results of his research have been published in international journals and in chapters of books, and presented in a number of international conferences. 


Second Vice-Chair

Andreea Stoian

Department of Finance and CEFIMO

Bucharest University of Economics

Andreea Stoian is Professor of Finance at the Department of Finance in Bucharest University of Economics - BUES (Romania). She holds a PhD in Finance at BUES. Currently she is also the director of Center for Financial and Monetary Research (CEFIMO). She was visiting scholar between 2010-2013 at Universite Paris 1 Pantehon-Sorbonne (CES), Universite Libre de Bruxelles (DULBEA) and Universidade do Porto (FEP). Her main research interests are in fiscal policy, mainly focused on fiscal sustainability and vulnerabilty, public debt and budgteray deficit, but also on financial markets. Andreea Stoian is the Executive Editor at the Romanian Journal for Fiscal Policy (RJFP). She is also affiliated to Nucleo de Investigacao em Financas Publicas e Politica Monetaria (NIFIP) at Faculty of Economics (FEP) in University of Porto and a research fellow at Centre for Financial and Monetary Research in Romanian Academy.


Third Vice-Chair

Josep-Maria Arauzo Carod

Universitat Rovira I Virgili

Josep-Maria Arauzo Carod is an Associate Professor at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili and he is member of the research group Quantitative, Urban and Regional Economics (QURE), research center CREIP, and the Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB). He has a Bachelor Degree in Economics (Universitat de Barcelona) and a PhD in Economics (UniversitatRovira I Virgili). He has been a Visiting Fellow at University of Reading (United Kingdom). His thesis analyzed location decisions of manufacturing firms in Catalan municipalities. He has published several articles, book and book chapters about firm demography, industrial location and some spatial economic issues.


Other Board Members

Christian Oberst

Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior

E.ON Energy Research Center 

RWTH Aachen University

Christian is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Before joining FCN in 2012, he worked at the Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics (University of Münster), where he gained his doctoral degree in Economics. Christian's research areas of interest include Spatial and Resources Sciences, Applied Spatial Statistics and Econometrics with Applications to Housing-, Labor- and Energy Markets.


Florina Cristina Badarau

Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Recherche en Èconomie et Finance Internationales

Cristina is an Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux and a researcher affiliated at the LAREFI (Laboratoire d’Analyse et de Recherche en Economie et Finance Internationales). She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Orléans and received the ninth Monetary, Financial and Banking Thesis Prize of the Foundation Banque de France in 2010. Her research interests are: monetary policy, financial economics and European economy. Her research activity mainly focuses on the coordination of macroeconomic policies in a heterogeneous monetary union like the euro area. The results of her research have been published in national and international journals. She organized one INFER workshop and will be the principal organizer of the INFER Annual Conference in 2017.


Pedro A. Cerqueira

Faculty of Economics

University of Coimbra 

Pedro is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, Portugal and is also affiliated to the CeBER (Centre for Business and Economics Research – Coimbra).  He holds a PhD in Economics (2007, European University Institute, Florence, Italy), an MSc in Monetary and Financial Economics (2000, ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal) and a BSc in Economics (1996, University of Coimbra, Portugal). He was, also, a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA in 2013-2014. His research interests include the Economics of European Integration, Business Cycles, Economic Growth and Energy Economics. He has published in several peer reviewed international journals, book chapters and proceedings of professional meetings.



Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

Center for Statistics, the Ibero-American Institute for Economic Research

Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research

University of Göttingen 

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso is currently Apl Professor of Economics and a research fellow at the Center for Statistics, the Ibero-American Institute for Economics Research, and the Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research at the University of Göttingen in Germany. She is also Professor of Economics and research fellow in the Institute of International Economics at the University Jaume I in Spain since 2012 and 1995, respectively. She has a master degree and a PhD in economics from the University of Birmingham and has advised the World Bank, the OECD, the German Ministry of Development, and the Spanish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso has published widely on a range of economic subjects, including international trade, development aid, economic integration, environmental economics, and transport economics. She is the author of numerous articles in international journals including the Journal of International Economics, Review of International Economics, World Development, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Journal of Common Market Studies, and Transportation Research. Her current research interests are in the areas of environmental provisions in trade agreements, on migration, networks and trade and on the economic effects of 3D printing.


Honorary Chairs

Jan van Hove 

University of Leuven

Center for Economic Studies

(Honorary Chair)

Jan Van Hove is Associate Professor in international and European economics at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) and the HU Brussels (HUB). He is currently also visiting professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Previously he held visiting positions at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) and at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). His main research interests are European integration and international trade, in particular the analysis of firm and product heterogeneity in trade, economic geography and the relationship between trade and technological innovation. Jan Van Hove is also the research director for economic research at the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, one of the INFER institutional members and strategic partners. 



Christian Richter

German University in Cairo

(Honorary Chair)

Christian is an Economics graduate of the Universities of Mainz (Germany) and Glasgow and he obtained his PhD from the University of Strathclyde. From 2000 to 2002 Christian worked as a research fellow at  University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with Prof Andrew Hughes Hallett. In 2002, he won a lectureship in economics at Cardiff University. From 2004 to 2008, Christian was a Lecturer in economics at Loughborough University. From 2008 to 2010 he was a Senior lecturer at Kingston University where he was also acting director of studies. From 2010 to 2013, Christian was Principal Lecturer and Field Leader for Finance, Economics and Accounting at UEL. Since 2013 he is Principal Lecturer in Transnational Education, Economics and Management at the University of Bedfordshire. Christian’s research areas are Macroeconomics, Financial Economics and Econometrics.



Michael H. Stierle

European Commission

(Founder and Honorary Chair)

Michael H. Stierle works for the European Commission, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affaris. He studied economics at Trier University and UNAM, Mexico City, and holds a PhD from Speyer University. He has worked in economic departments in the private financial sector as well as in academic research. He initiated the foundation of INFER and chaired the network from 1998 to 2005. Michael´s policy oriented research and publications are janoncentrated on international economics, financial markets, growth and business cycles as well as regional economics.



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