Visiting scholars come to REAL from all over the world under various financial support schemes. During their stay at REAL they have the opportunity to exchange and discuss research views with REAL and University of Illinois faculty and students, which often leads to a joint publication of academic papers. In addition, at REAL faculty and students present their research in a weekly REAL seminar and visiting scholars are fervently invited to take part in it.
Current visiting scholars (Spring 2020)
Augusto Mussi Alvin
Business School Pontifical University Catholic of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil
Period in REAL: Oct 2019 – Feb 2020
PhD in Economics (2003) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He completed his postdoctoral at Massey University in New Zealand (2007), with CAPES scholarship. Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in England (2012); and consultant to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA (2009). He is currently Full Professor at the Business School of the Pontifical Catholic University, Coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program in Economics at PUCRS and a Visiting Scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (funding by CAPES). He has experience in agriculture economics and environment and works mainly in the following subjects: agribusiness, environmental policies, international trade and trade agreements.
Beatriz de Almeida
School of Economics, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Oct 2019 – Aug 2020
Beatriz de Almeida is a Ph.D. Student at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and a member of the Territorial and Sectoral Analysis Laboratory (LATES). Her main research interests lie in regional innovation and regional development. Her current research is related to the absorption of external knowledge by regions using data from patent citations, econometric tools and Social Network Analysis.
School of Public Finance and Taxation, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2019 – Aug 2020
Bingbing Zhang holds a B.A. and PhD both in Economics from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. She is interested in environmental economics and regional economics. Her research now focuses on virtual water trade among regions using multi-regional input-output analysis.
Institute of Regional Economics, Jilin University, China
Period in REAL: Sep 2019 – Sep 2020
Dongliang Yang received PhD. in Quantitative economics in 2009 from Jilin University. He is interested in regional economics and spatial econometrics. His research now focus on the cause and result of population agglomeration, such as the effcet on economic growth, human captial, labor productivity, and innovation.
School of Economics, Shanghai University, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 – Aug 2020
Menger Tu is a PhD Student at School of Economics, Shanghai University. His main research field are regional innovation, regional development, innovation network. His current researches are related to the impact of multilevel innovation network on cities’ innovation output – based on spatial cooperation innovation network of interregional. Further, his research focuses on the impact of regional innovation policies on growth of regional economy.
Renmin University of China
Period in REAL: Oct 2019 – Oct 2020
Menghan Xia is a PhD candidate in School of Applied Economics,Renmin University of China. She is interested in regional economics and innovation development. Her main research field is input-output analysis and regional economics.
Pietro Andre Telatin Paschoalino
State University of Maringá, Brazil
Period in REAL: Nov 2019 – May 2020
Pietro Andre Telatin Paschoalino is a Ph.D. candidate from the State University of Maringá. He holds a master’s degree in Economics Sciences from the same university. His main research field is Regional Economics, Agricultural Economics, and Industrial Organization. His current research seeks to analyze the impact of crop diversity on agricultural productivity through the tools of econometrics and spatial econometrics.
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, China
Period in REAL: Sep 2019 – Feb 2020
Ran Xu is a PhD candidate in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Sciences, Chinese Academy of Science. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Beijing Jiaotong University. Her research field is the Input-Output technique and the Global Value Chain. She has done some work on the price transmission model in trade. Recently, her research focuses on the topic of foreign-invested enterprises in China.
Tauã Magalhães Vital
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Nov 2019 – Oct 2020
Tauã Vital is currently a second year Ph.D. student in Economics at Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He holds a B.A. in civil engineering (2015) and an M.Sc. in Applied Economics (2018), both from Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He is interested in quantitative methods, spatial econometrics, statistical learning, artificial neural networks, and their many applications in economics. His research is mainly focused on crime in Brazil.
Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing, China
Period in REAL: Nov 2019 – Nov 2020
Xianning Wang obtained a Ph.D. in applied economics from Chongqing University in 2016. Now he works at Chongqing Normal University. His research interests include regional economic development and external environment, spatial data analysis, and economic forecasting and decision-making methods for multiple types of data.
Jimei University, China
Period in REAL: Jan 2020 – Jan 2021
Xiaoli Shi received her Ph.D. in Regional Economics from Renmin University of China in 2012. She is interested in Regional Economics and Regional Sustainable Development. Her research now focuses on regional growth spillovers and the spatial effect of regional innovation.
Renmin University of China
Period in REAL: Oct 2019 – Oct 2020
Xiaoyu Cui is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Regional and Urban Economics,School of Applied Economics,Renmin University of China.Her main research field are regional development,industry agglomeration and Total Factor Productivity(TFP).Her current research focus on the impact of agglomeration to factor misallocation-seeking to analyze how the spatial spillover effect, different types and intensities of agglomeration influence the free flow of factors between sectors and regions and the imbalance of spatial allocation of factors, using econometric tools, spatial econometrics and input-output analysis.
Xiuli Liu Cui
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Period in REAL: Jan 2020 – Jul 2020
Xiuli Liu is a Professor from the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She was a visiting scholar of REAL in 2008 and 2012. Her research fields are mainly focused on input-output analysis linked with econometric model; water and energy management and sustainable development; forecasting on China’s final demand, China’s grain production, China’s water demand, China’s population size and structure, etc. Her current research focuses on the natural resource-environmental-industrial economics feedback loop analysis (IFBL) method and its application in China.