Professor Philip McCann holds The University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015-2018. He is one of the world’s most highly cited and widely published economic geographers and spatial economists of his generation.
In 2002 Prof. McCann won the Hewings Award from the North American Regional Science Association, an academic body of over one thousand members. The award is for sustained outstanding scholarship by a scholar under the age of forty-five, and Philip was the first non-North American to win the award. In 2006 he won the Moss Madden Memorial Medal from the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association for the best paper published in the field, and in 2008 was elected as a Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
Prof. McCann has an impressive list of publications, including 6 Authored Monograph Books, 8 Edited Books, 88 Journal Articles, 56 Book Chapters. He is co-editor of Papers in Regional Science, co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis, and Series Editor of the Edward Elgar book series New Horizons in Regional Science.
Prof. McCann acted as Special Adviser to Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2013. As Special Adviser, Professor McCann provided expert economic advice and analysis to Commissioner Hahn on matters relating to the reform of Cohesion Policy and its alignment with the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Between 1st April 2010 and November 2011, he worked alongside Special Adviser Fabrizio Barca, who before his appointment as a Cabinet Minister in the Italian Government of Mario Monti, was at the time a Director General of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, and author of the 2009 Independent Report An Agenda for a Reformed Cohesion Policy. In 2013 Philip was appointed as Chief Independent Economic Advisor on the Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Brussels
Prof. McCann was also appointed as Special Adviser to Commissioner Corina Creţu, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 5th March 2015 to 31st March 2016. As Special Adviser, Professor McCann’s role was to provide expert economic advice and analysis to Commissioner Creţu on matters relating to the Evaluation of Cohesion Policy and on the EU Smart Specialisation Strategy.
Prof. McCann trained as an economic geographer. He studied at and gained his PhD (1993) from the University of Cambridge (UK) and then worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the US (1993-1995), the University of Reading (UK) (1995-2005) and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. At Reading he was a professor of Urban and Regional Economics, in Waikato a professor of Economics. He has also been a guest professor in the US, Japan, Thailand and Italy. He has long had an intensive relationship with the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in Groningen, which he regularly visits for guest lectures, seminars and PhD ceremonies.