Heike Mayer is professor of economic geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland and an adjunct professor in urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech in the United States.

Her research is in local and regional economic development with a particular focus on dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship, place making and sustainability.

Heike started her academic career in the United States, where she completed a Ph.D. in Urban Studies (Portland State University) and held a tenured professorship at Virginia Tech University.

She is author of the book Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Second Tier Regions (published by Edward Elgar, Cheltenham) and co-author of the book Small Town Sustainability (with Prof. Paul L. Knox, Birkhäuser Press, Basel).

She has published articles in the field of economic geography and urban planning in various journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Affairs, Economic Development Quarterly, Regional Studies, Economic Development Journal, European Planning Studies, and with the Brookings Institution.

A complete CV is available here.