Luca Mora

luca mora

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

Lecturer in Urban Innovation Dynamics

Biography

Luca is a cum-laude graduate of Politecnico di Milano, where he obtained a BSc degree in Science of Architecture, a MSc degree in Architecture and, in conjunction with Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di 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).

Luca joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, after working for 13 years at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC) of Politecnico di Milano, where he covered Research Fellow and Lecturer roles. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Urban Innovation Dynamics at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University and a Research Affiliate of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Smart Cities. Luca has also been appointed as Visiting Professor by Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci - École de Management, Paris, and is a Visiting Research at URENIO (Urban and Regional Innovation Research), a university lab at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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: urban and regional innovation dynamics; urban sustainability; 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 income of about € 600,000 through research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+). 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

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Nominated for the Partnership Award (Edinburgh Napier University's Above and Beyond Awards 2017-18)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Award for the Best BSc Dissertation - Politecnico di Milano

 

Editorial Activity

  • Guest Editor for the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (Springer, ISSN Print: 1554-7191) - Special Issue "The Strategic, Organizational, and Entrepreneurial Evolution of Smart Cities"
  • Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE, ISSN 0018-9391) - Special Issue "Strategies to reach convergence: A multiple perspectives assessment"
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, ISSN: 1063-0732)
  • Editorial Board Member - Sustainability (MDPI, ISSN: 2071-1050)
  • 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 "

 

Conference Activity

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition (Smart Blue City 2018) | Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Organiser of the Online S3 Final Workshop | Brussels, Belgium
  • Organiser and Co-Chair of the workshop Circular & Smart Cities - Innovating Sustainability and Resource Efficiency in European Cities and Regions @ 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 - RSA Annual Conference 2017 | Dublin, Ireland
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition (Smart Blue City 2016) | Limassol, Cyprus
  • 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

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci | Paris, France
  • Visiting Researcher at Aristotle Univeristy of Thessaloniki, Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) | Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Invited Speaker

  • 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

 

Reviewing

  • 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 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)

 

Membership of Professional Body

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

 

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Smart Kids Project | Funder: European Commission - Erasmus+ | Income generated: £35,000
  • RESTART (Roadmap for European Smart City Strategies) | Funder: Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia (Early-Career Research Grant Scheme) | Generated income: £ 28,000
  • MA-IN (Mantua Innovation Center) | Funder: Cariverona Foundation | Generated income: £ 40,000
  • Census of the Oglio Po Region’s Landscape Heritage | Funder: European Commission - European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development | Income generated: £ 51,000

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Designing the Smart City: A Comparative Analysis - Paolo Gialdini, Prof Roberto Bolici (Director of studies), Dr Luca Mora | MRes at Politecnico di Milano
  • Smart Cities: Deploying an Integrated Strategic Approach - Serena Sembiante, Dr Matteo Gambaro (Director of studies), Dr Luca Mora | MRes at Politecnico di Milano