Dr. Diana Gutiérrez Posada became a member of City-REDI in January 2019. Her research interests are focused on the spatial distribution of demographic and economic phenomena. In her Ph.D. dissertation (Outstanding Doctorate Award) she studied the differences in population and employment concentration at the local level for Spain, taking into account the interplay between areas across the urban system. She also looked into the territorial dynamics related to the ageing process and the wage gap between tiers of the urban hierarchy. Additionally, she has participated in studies about the relationship between the industrial structure and the growth of youth unemployment in European regions, and about the location of second homes in Spain.
In her previous post, Dr. Gutiérrez Posada worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the IMAJINE Project (Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe - H2020) in the Aberystwyth University, reviewing the existing evidence on wellbeing, income and poverty disparities across regions in Europe. In this framework, using the new local (NUTS3 or lower) income data estimated in the course of the project, she analysed the level, depth and inequality in poverty for Local Authorities in the UK, and the effect of relative income differentials between neighbouring localities on the Brexit Referendum results. Regarding other projects, she assisted in the elaboration of a report on the regional demographic trends and prospects for the Government of the Principality of Asturias (Spain), and participated in the revision of the General Urban Development Plan of the municipality of Gijon (Spain).
Currently, she is studying the local spillover effects generated by the clustering of creative industries in the UK, as part of a project led by the Policy and Evidence Centre of Nesta.
Dr. Gutiérrez Posada spent 9 months as a visiting researcher in the Regional Economics Application Laboratory (REAL – University of Illinois), and 3 months in the Global Economics and Management department (GEM – University of Groningen). She is a member of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), the Spanish Regional Science Association (AECR), and the EU-REAL network.