Ilaria Mariotti is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies – Politecnico di Milano (Italy). She achieved a M.Sc. degree in Regional Studies at the University of Reading (UK), a Ph.D in Economic Geography at the University of Groningen (NL) and a Ph.D in Transport Economics at the Università degli Studi di Genova. She teaches regional economics and environmental economics in undergraduate and graduate courses. She is member of the Urban Planning and Policy Design Ph.D programme at Politecnico di Milano. Her main research interests concern: firm location, industrial districts and clusters; firm internationalisation and the impact on the local context; new working spaces and their effects on the urban context (i.e. enhancing innovation, urban regeneration, etc.). She is Chair of the Cost Action 18214 “The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery” (2019-2023), and Project coordinator for the Politecnico di Milano team of the CORAL “Exploring the impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas in the EU” Project, Horizon 2020 – Marie Curie -ITN-2020 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks) (2021-2024).