Dr Diana Gutiérrez Posada

Dr Diana Gutiérrez Posada

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Research Fellow

Contact details

Ash House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TY

Dr. Gutiérrez Posada became a member of City-REDI in January 2019. She is a quantitative researcher specialized in Regional Economic Analysis using Spatial Econometric techniques. Her research have explored territorial inequalities in various demo-economic aspects like population and industrial concentration, wage differentials, or income and poverty levels.

She is part of a project that analyses the spillovers from Creative Industries to the rest of the local economy.


  • PhD in Globalization Economics and Sociology. University of Oviedo (Spain), 2017.
  • MSc in Instruments of Economic Analysis. University of Oviedo (Spain), 2012.
  • BSc in Business Administration and Management. University of Oviedo (Spain), 2011.


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.


Research interests

  • Regional Economics and Economic Geography
  • Spatial Econometrics
  • Demo-economic Analysis
  • Income inequality

Current projects

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (https://www.pec.ac.uk/)


Gutiérrez Posada, D., Rubiera Morollón, F. & Viñuela, A. (2018). The Determinants of Local Employment Growth in Spain. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 11: 511-533. DOI: 10.1007/s12061-017-9226-6.

Gutiérrez Posada, D., Rubiera Morollón, F. & Viñuela, A. (2018). Ageing Places in an Ageing Country: The Local Dynamics of the Elderly Population in Spain. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 109(3): 332-349. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12294

Gutiérrez Posada, D., Rubiera Morollón, F. & Viñuela, A. (2017). Heterogeneity in the Determinants of Population Growth at the Local Level: Analysis of the Spanish Case with a GWR Approach. International Regional Science Review, 40(3): 211-240. DOI: 10.1177/0160017615589009.

Gutiérrez Posada, D. & Rubiera Morollón, F. (2017). Prima Salarial Urbana en España y su Evolución Durante la Crisis: Un Análisis Descriptivo. Papeles de Economía Española, 153: 34-47. ISSN: 0210-9107.

Rubiera Morollón, F. & Gutiérrez Posada, D. (2017). Dinámicas Demográficas en España (1951-2011): Una Revisión desde la Perspectiva de la Economía Regional. In: Mancha Navarro, T. (Ed.) Política Económica, Economía Regional y Servicios. Madrid: Civitas. ISBN: 9788491526452.

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