Since April 2014 prof. Revilla Diez holds a Chair in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography at the University of Cologne. He was appointed within the framework of the key profile area "Socio-economic, Cultural, and Political Transformations in the Global South" at the University of Cologne, supported by the German Excellence Initiative.
Before, prof. Revilla Diez holds a Chair in Economic Geography at the Institute for Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hannover and is member of the advisory board of the Lower Saxonian Institute for Economic Research (Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung). Revilla Diez graduated at Hannover University in Geography (1991) with economics and regional planning as a minor. In 1995 he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Hannover on the regional transformation process in Vietnam. In 2001 he finished his "habilitation" on metropolitan innovation systems in Europe. From 1991 until 2002 he was employed at the University of Hannover. From 2002 until 2006 he was Professor (C3) at the Geography Institute at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel. After his Ph.D. on the economic and regional transformation processes in Vietnam he focused on knowledge based regional development (especially regional innovation systems), and vulnerability research in Europe and Asia. Recently he worked on regional growth in the Greater Pearl River Delta (China), on economic restructuring and responses to crisis in rural Vietnam/Thailand, Tsunami risks, vulnerability and resilience in the Phang-Nga Province, Thailand.
His research publications have appeared in World Development, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Technovation, European Planning Studies, International Regional Science Review, Papers in Regional Science, Natural Hazards, and Applied Geography.
Research Interests: knowledge based regional development in Europe, Southeast Asia and China; vulnerability and poverty research in Thailand and Vietnam; megacity research in China; regional labour markets; regional economic impact assessment of large investments.
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