Luca Mora

luca mora

Dr Luca Mora BSc, PgCert, MSc, PhD (Double), FHEA, FRSA

Associate Professor of Urban Innovation | Head of MBA Programmes

Biography

Luca is a cum-laude graduate of Polytechnic University of Milan, where he obtained a BSc degree in Science of Architecture, a MSc degree in Architecture and, in conjunction with Polytechnic University of Turin and Polytechnic University of Bari, a Double PhD Degree in: (1) Innovation Management and Product Development; (2) Design and Technology for Cultural Heritage. In addition, Luca holds a PgCert in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education, awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and a member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA).

Having joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, Luca is an Associate Professor of Urban Innovation at the Business School, where he has also been appointed as Head of MBA Programmes. Luca is also a Research Associate at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Smart Cities. His other appointments include: Research Associate at the Smart City Institute at the University of Liège (Belgium); Visiting Professor at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, École de Management (France); and, Visiting Researcher at URENIO, a university lab at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) which focuses on technology-driven urban and regional innovation. Before arriving in Edinburgh, Luca spent 13 years at the Polytechnic University of Milan, working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer within the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC).

Over the course of his professional career, Luca has committed himself to improving the quality of knowledge production and dissemination processes related to urban and regional innovation management in the digital era. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and lies in the convergence space between urban studies, innovation studies and computer science. Luca’s main research interests include: technology-driven urban and regional innovation dynamics; technology-driven urban sustainability processes; smart city development projects and strategies; Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); and strategic planning for smart cities and RIS3.

Luca is offering a strong support to the emerging scientific and technical developments of urban and regional innovation management. He has a sustained track-record of producing high-quality publication outputs and has contributed to generate an overall University income of approximately £500,000 through research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (EAFRD, 7FP, Horizon 2020). These projects have resulted in the production of new knowledge and innovative products and processes which are helping industry, government, universities and civil society to exploit their collective intelligence and generate the collaborate ecosystems required for developing smart environments that enable infrastructures and people to operate effectively.

Luca is available to support and supervise PhD students interested in specialising in the above-mentioned research areas.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 4th Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition (SmartBlueCity 2020) | Athens, Greece
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions (SSPCR 2019) | Bozen, Italy
  • Academic adviser to the Zhejiang Provincial Government for smart city policy development
  • Academic Board Member at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition (SmartBlueCity 2018) | Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Member of the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities Action Clusters
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition (SmartBlueCity 2016) | Limassol, Cyprus

 

Conference Activity

  • Organiser of the RSA Scotland Annual Conference 2019 | Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Chair of the Track "Thriving Governance and Citizenship in a Smart World" at the 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions (SSPCR 2019) | Bozen, Italy
  • Organiser of the "Online S3 Final Workshop" at European Commission | Brussels, Belgium
  • Organiser and Co-Chair of the "Circular & Smart Cities Workshop" at European Commission - European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 | Brussels, Belgium
  • Organiser and Chair of "Meet the Innovation Guru - Edinburgh Napier University's Lecture Series on Innovation Management" | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Organiser and Co-chair of the 2nd Annual International Conference of the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Organiser of a Discussion Panel on Smart Specialisation at Trinity College Dublin - RSA Annual Conference 2017 | Dublin, Ireland
  • Organiser and Chair of the conference "Smart Culture: ICT and the Enhancement of Cities' Cultural Heritage" | Bologna, Italy
  • Organiser and Chair of the conference "Funding the Smart City: Comparing Alternative Solutions" | Bologna, Italy
  • Organiser of the 7th Summer Workshop of Italian PhD Programmes in Architectural Technology | Mantua, Italy

 

Editorial Activity

  • Lead Guest Editor for Organization Studies (SAGE, ISSN: 0170/8406) - Special Issue "Boosting Urban Sustainability through Organizing Collaborative Ecosystems for Smart City Development", in collaboration with Dr Francesco Paolo Appio (Université Côte d'Azur), Prof Nicolai J. Foss (Bocconi University), Prof David Arellano Gault (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics), Dr Xiaoling Zhang (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Lead Guest Editor for Regional Studies (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 0034-3404) - Special Issue "Towards a Technology-enabled Approach to Smart Specialisation Development", in collaboration with Dr Anastasia Panori (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Prof Mark Deakin (Edinburgh Napier University), Prof Raquel Ortega-Argiles (University of Birmingham)
  • Guest Editor for the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (Springer, ISSN: 1554-7191) - Special Issue "The Strategic, Organizational, and Entrepreneurial Evolution of Smart Cities", in collaboration with Dr Francesco Schiavone (Parthenope University of Naples), Dr Francesco Paolo Appio (Université Côte d'Azur)
  • Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE, ISSN 0018-9391) - Special Issue "Strategies to reach convergence: A multiple perspectives assessment", in collaboration with Dr Francesco Paolo Appio (Université Côte d'Azur), Dr Sungjoo Lee (Ajou University), Prof Stefanie Bröring (University of Bonn), Dr Nathalie Sick (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, ISSN: 1063-0732)
  • Editorial Board Member - Sustainability (MDPI, ISSN: 2071-1050)
  • Lead Guest Editor for the Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, ISSN: 1063-0732) - Special Issue "Smart city Development as an ICT-Driven Approach to Urban Sustainability ", in collaboration with Prof Mark Deakin (Edinburgh Napier University), Dr Xiaoling Zhang (City University of Hong Kong), Prof Michael Batty (UCL), Prof Martin de Jong (Delft University of Technology), Dr Paolo Santi (MIT), Dr Francesco Paolo Appio (Université Côte d'Azur)
  • Editorial Board Member - IET Smart Cities (Institution of Engineering and Technology)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Nominated for the Partnership Award - Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2019-20
  • Nominated for the Leadership Excellence Award - Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2019-20
  • Winner of the Research and Innovation Award - Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2019-20
  • Winner of the Enterprise Award - Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2018-19
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Shortlisted for the Partnership Award - Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2017-18
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Winner of the Best Dissertation Award (Polytechnic University of Milan)

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Grant Funding Panel Member for the High North and Arctic Smart City Development Competition 2020 | Nord University, Norway

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant reviewer for the French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Grant reviewer for the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker at 36th EGOS Colloquium - Organizing for a Sustainable Future: Responsibility, Renewal, and Resistance | Hamburg, Germany
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at Smart City Research Seminar of University of Liège - Smart City Institute | Liège, Belgium
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at High North Dialogue 2020 | Bodø, Norway
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at RSA Edinburgh Area: Shaping New Places Through the Human-Centred Smart City | Edinburgh, UK
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at Kristianstad University - GRIP Seminar Series | Kristianstad, Sweden
  • Invited Speaker at the China-UK Bilateral Workshop organised by University of Cambridge and Huazhong University of Science Technology | Wuhan, China
  • Invited Speaker at the 27th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development | Rome, Italy
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at Nordic Smart Cities 2018 | Malmo, Sweden
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at The University of Edinburgh - New Thinking Group (NTG) Interdisciplinary Seminar Series | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Invited Speaker at University of Exeter - Future Cities Research Directions Workshop | Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Invited Speaker at the 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development | Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Invited Speaker at the RSA Annual Conference 2017 | Dublin, Ireland
  • Invited Speaker at the 3rd Conference of the RSA Research Network on Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability | Gdansk, Poland
  • Invited Speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions | Bozen, Italy
  • Keynote Speaker at Innovation Day | Pisa, Italy
  • Invited Speaker at the 1st International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions | Bozen, Italy
  • Invited Speaker at the 1st International City Regeneration Congress | Tampere, Finland
  • Invited Speaker at the Smart City Exhibition 2013 | Bologna, Italy
  • Invited Speaker at RSA Winter Conference 2012 | London, United Kingdom
  • Invited Speaker at International Conference Artists in Industry: The Role of Design in the Digital Age | Bucharest, Romania

 

Media Activity

  • Magazine article: Collaboration crucial to increase offsite adoption | Project Scotland
  • News: Dr Luca Mora collaborates with Zhejiang provincial government | Edinburgh Napier University News
  • Magazine article: Developing smart and sustainable cities | The Red Triangle, Edinburgh Napier University
  • News: Luca Mora, Visiting Professor: “As a researcher, mobility is part of the game” | EMLV Paris
  • News: Prof Mark Deakin and Dr Luca Mora complete the U!REKA bibliometric analysis | Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) News

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
  • Member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA)

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited by University of Cambridge to collaborate in delivering a China-UK bilateral workshop | Wuhan, China

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for Environmental Development (Elsevier, ISSN: 2211-4645)
  • Reviewer for IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IEEE, ISSN: 2327-4662)
  • Reviewer for Futures (Elsevier, ISSN: 0016-3287)
  • Reviewer for Environment, Development and Sustainability (Springer, ISSN: 1573-2975)
  • Reviewer for Annals of the American Association of Geographers (Taylor & Francis, ISSN 2469-4452)
  • Reviewer for Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier, ISSN: 2210-6707)
  • Reviewer for Urban Studies (Sage, ISSN: 0042-0980)
  • Reviewer for Nature Communications (Springer Nature Publishing AG, ISSN: 2041-1723)
  • Reviewer for Public Management Review (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 1471-9037)
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE, ISSN: 0018-9391)
  • Reviewer for Oxford University Press
  • Reviewer for The Canadian Geographer (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 0008-3658)
  • Reviewer for Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science (Sage, ISSN: 2399-8083)
  • Reviewer for European Planning Studies (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 0965-4313)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier, ISSN: 0959-6526)
  • Reviewer for Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Reviewer for Journal of Intellectual Capital (Emerald, ISSN 1469-1930)
  • Reviewer for Urban Research & Practice (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 1753-5069)
  • Reviewer for World Development (Elsevier, ISSN: 0305-750X)
  • Reviewer for Elsevier’s book series on Smart Cities
  • Reviewer for Technological Forecasting and Social Change (Elsevier, ISSN: 0040-1625)
  • Reviewer for Regional Studies (Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 1360-0591)
  • Reviewer for Scienze Regionali: The Italian Journal of Regional Science (Il Mulino, ISSN: 1720-3929)
  • Reviewer for Sensors (MDPI, ISSN: 1424-8220)
  • Reviewer for Sustainability (MDPI, ISSN: 2071-1050)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Smart Cities (Whioce Publishing, ISSN: 2382-6401)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Knowledge Economy (Springer, ISSN: 1868-7865)
  • Reviewer for Building and Environment (Elsevier, ISSN: 0360-1323)
  • Reviewer for Cities (Elsevier, ISSN: 0264-2751)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, ISSN: 1063-0732)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (Universidad de Talca, ISSN: 0718-1876)
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Electronic Governance (Inderscience, ISSN: 1742-7517)
  • Reviewer for European Journal of Innovation Management (Emerald, ISSN: 1460-1060)

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, École de Management Léonard de Vinci | Paris, France
  • Visiting Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Centre for Smart Cities | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Visiting Researcher at Aristotle Univeristy of Thessaloniki, Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) | Thessaloniki, Greece

 

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Smart Systems of Innovation for Smart Places: Challenges in Deploying Digital Platforms for Co-Creation and Data-Intelligence

Journal Article
Panori, A., Kakderi, C., Komninos, N., Fellnhofer, K., Reid, A., & Mora, L. (in press)
Smart Systems of Innovation for Smart Places: Challenges in Deploying Digital Platforms for Co-Creation and Data-Intelligence. Land Use Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104631
The effect of digital transformation towards more efficient, place-based and bottom-up innovation policies at different spatial scales has proven significant, as digital techn...

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems

Report
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Reid, A., Hairstans, R., Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., …Lang, V. (2020)
Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems. Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Enterprise. and the Scottish Government
The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector i...

Developing Synergies Between Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Planning: Evidence from Six European Cities

Journal Article
Margarita, A., & Mora, L. (2020)
Developing Synergies Between Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Planning: Evidence from Six European Cities. disP - The Planning Review, 55(4), 28-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2019.1708068
For more than two decades, entrepreneurship has been promoted as an effective means to advance the aims of urban development. Social entrepreneurship, more specifically, is se...

Exploring the relationship between smart cities and spatial planning: star cases and typologies

Book Chapter
Mora, L., & Angelidou, M. (2019)
Exploring the relationship between smart cities and spatial planning: star cases and typologies. In Smart Cities in the Post-algorithmic Era: Integrating Technologies, Platforms and Governance, (217-234). Edward Elgar Publishing

The current status of smart city research: exposing the division

Book Chapter
Mora, L., Reid, A., & Margarita, A. (2019)
The current status of smart city research: exposing the division. In Smart Cities in the Post-algorithmic Era: Integrating Technologies, Platforms and Governance, (17-35). Edward Elgar Publishing

Smart cities: the metrics of future internet-based developments and the renewable energies of urban and regional innovation

Journal Article
Deakin, M., Reid, A., & Mora, L. (in press)
Smart cities: the metrics of future internet-based developments and the renewable energies of urban and regional innovation. Journal of Urban Technology,
This paper studies smart cities as the metrics of future internet-based developments and the renewable energies of urban and regional innovation. It fills a gap that has opene...

Exploring Current Trends in Scientific Research on Smart Specialisation

Journal Article
Mora, L., Deakin, M., & Reid, A. (2019)
Exploring Current Trends in Scientific Research on Smart Specialisation. Scienze Regionali-The Italian Journal of Regional Science, 18(3), 397-422. https://doi.org/10.14650/94657
This paper describes current trends in scientific research on Smart Specialisation by answering the following questions: (1) How many scientific publications on Smart Speciali...

Five decades of research on urban poverty: Main research communities, core knowledge producers, and emerging thematic areas

Journal Article
Panori, A., Mora, L., & Reid, A. (2019)
Five decades of research on urban poverty: Main research communities, core knowledge producers, and emerging thematic areas. Journal of Cleaner Production, 237, 117850. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.117850
Urban poverty represents one of the greatest and most urgent challenges that modern society is facing. The criticality of this global issue is represented by a rapidly growing...

Untangling Smart Cities: From Utopian Dreams to Innovation Systems for a Technology-Enabled Urban Sustainability

Book
Mora, L., & Deakin, M. (2019)
Untangling Smart Cities: From Utopian Dreams to Innovation Systems for a Technology-Enabled Urban Sustainability. Elsevier

Smart City Development: ICT Innovation for Urban Sustainability

Book Chapter
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Aina, Y. A., & Appio, F. P. (2019)
Smart City Development: ICT Innovation for Urban Sustainability. In W. Leal Filho, A. M. Azul, L. Brandli, P. G. Özuyar, & T. Wall (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities,, 1-17. Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71061-7_27-1
Item is living reference work. No abstract available.

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • RESTART (Roadmap for European Smart City Strategies) | Funder: Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation - Early Career Research Grant Scheme | Overall value: £28,000 | Role: Principal Investigator and Project Manager
  • MA-IN (Mantua Innovation Center) | Funder: Cariverona Foundation | Overall value: £50,000 | Role: Co-Investigator and Project Manager
  • Census of the Oglio Po Region’s Landscape Heritage | Funder: European Commission - EAFRD | Overall value: £60,000 | Role: Co-Investigator
  • PEOPLE | Funder: European Commission - FP7 | Overall value: £3,200,000 | Role: Co-Investigator

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • External supervisor: Rabia Tabbassum, Ambiguities in Measuring and Visualizing Performance in Nordic Smart Cities, PhD Degree, Nord University (Expected award year: 2022)
  • External supervisor: Xinyi Wu, Social Anthropology and Smart Cities, PhD Degree, The University of Edinburgh (Expected award year: 2022)
  • External supervisor: Natasha Panori, Education as a Main Component of the Developmental Dynamics of the Regions, PhD Degree, Panteion University (Award year: 2018)