Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda:

Political Economy of Local Development in the Semi-periphery


Place: Professors Hall, 1st floor, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics and Business & Online (hybrid format)

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022 

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11:30 – 13:00h Panel I


“The International Political Economy of the Middle-Income Trap”

Adnan Naseemullah, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College London (in person)


“Tackling Economic Dualism in Central and Eastern Europe: State-led Functional Upgrading in Global Production Networks”

Alen Toplišek, Lecturer in International Political Economy, King’s College London (online)


13.00 – 14.00h Lunch


14:00 – 16:15h Panel II


“Leadership and the supply of local-level cooperative institutions in unfavourable settings”

Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, European Institute, LSE ) (in person)


“Regional economic integration and resourcefulness of smaller economic agents: Lessons from the Western Balkans”

Sonja Avlijaš, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics and Business (in person)


“Family firms using local ecosystems as compensating innovation assets to export”

Gerry McDermott, Professor, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina (online)


16:15h – 16:30h Coffee break


16:30h – 18:45h Panel III


“Dependent Growth and Local Economic Upgrading in East Central Europe”

Gergő Medve-Bálint, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in person)


“Constructing new innovation intermediaries in the Canadian tech industry”

Darius Ornston, Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto (online)


“Political Economy of Local Development in the Semi-periphery: Introductory theoretical chapter”

Sonja Avlijaš & Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni, Workshop conveners and Special Issue editors (in person)


This workshop has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 895519. The information on this website does not reflect the opinion of the European Union. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.