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University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, UK

Partner description:

The University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation is a University formed under statute (Education Reform Act 1988), and delivers transformational education, research and innovation. Portsmouth offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees and 150 postgraduate degrees, as well as 65 research degree programs. The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 classed research in eight departments contained elements of ‘world-leading’ research, with ‘European Studies’ among the top ten in the UK for research quality.

What they do for Perceive:

The Department of Economics and Finance of the University of Portsmouth (PBS) will lead the effort to identify possible complementarities and synergies between EU Cohesion Policy, rural and urban policies supported by EU funds in order to improve the EU citizens’ perceptions of European Policy performance. This activity implies the analysis of synergies and conflicts between regional and agricultural policies of the European Union and the analysis of the self-enforcing circular process of the perceived contribution of the EU discourse to the social and economic development and, in turn, its contribution to the economic resilience. The outcome of this activity will lead to the generation of policy recommendations on how to integrate Cohesion Policy with urban and rural policies to address spatial discrepancies in EU territorial policy. A fundamental idea is to compare citizens’ and practitioners’ views of the EU Cohesion Policy.

Academic Staff

Gianpiero Torrisi

Department: Economics and Finance
Title: Dr.
Role in PERCEIVE: Principal Investigator

Bio

Gianpiero Torrisi is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Portsmouth Business School. He graduated in Economics and holds a PhD in Public Economics at University of Catania, Italy, and a MA in International Political Economy at the Newcastle University, where he worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies.

Adam Cox

Department: Economics and Finance
Title: Dr.
Role in PERCEIVE: Co-Investigator

Bio

Adam Cox earned a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Portsmouth, an MSc in Economics from the University of Southampton, and a PhD on 'Sports Economics' from the University of Portsmouth. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance, his research focuses on environmental policy and economics of professional team sports. Within Portsmouth Business School he is Business Services Leader.

Alan Collins

Department: Economics and Finance
Title: Prof.
Role in PERCEIVE: Co-Investigator

Bio

Alan Collins is Professor of Economics and Head of the Economics and Finance Subject Group at PBS. He previously was a Research Fellow at Strathclyde University and an Engineer/Planner with Babtie Consulting Engineers based in West Yorkshire. He is an active researcher in a number of fields, mostly environmental and natural resource economics, urban and transport economics, social and cultural economics.

Alan Leonard

Department: Economics and Finance
Title: Dr.
Role in PERCEIVE: Co-Investigator

Bio

Alan Leonard worked first in the public sector as strategy adviser and crime analyst, then as Research Assistant in economics at the International College Portsmouth. He is specialized in Economic Impact Assessments (EIA) of events, festivals and institutions, in economics and crime prevention. Through his PhD research he addresses the issues of youth crime and the supporting of vulnerable people in the community.

Salvatore Greco

Department: Operations and System Management
Title: Prof.
Role in PERCEIVE: Co-Investigator

Bio

Salvatore Greco graduated at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Catania in 1998 where he became full professor in 2001. He teaches Decision Theory, General and Financial Mathematics. His research regards Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA) and with other colleagues he proposed the Dominance-based Rough Set Approach (DRSA) and the Robust Ordinal Regression (ROR).

Latest contributions:


Cities and countryside: a different perception of Europe


4th September 2017 | By University of Portsmouth | Research

Voting preferences on Brexit showed a great divide between rural and urban areas. Should the European Union reconsider its approach and lean towards less spatially blind policies? This is still an open debate, yet it has to be clearly addressed in the future. Read on to find out more about our research findings from University of Portsmouth‘s team.


European cities are smart!


29th August 2017 | By University of Portsmouth | Research

Smart cities projects have increased their popularity worldwide since their very first implementation. But how and to what extent have they expanded in the European Union? On which topics they have been focusing on? Read further for fresh findings from University of Portsmouth‘s team.