Ugo Fratesi is Professor of Regional Economics and Policy (applied economics, SECS-P/06) at Politecnico di Milano since January 2018. Previously he was an Associate Professor of Regional Economics within the same institution. His research has focused on regional economics and in particular on the role of the different regional growth factors and on how and under what conditions regional policy can successfully affect regional performances. He is Editor of main section papers and Book Review Editor of Regional Studies (Taylor and Francis) since 2013. He holds a Phd in Economics, a MSc in Local Economic Development and a MSc in Economics. He has been involved with various roles in a large number of research project, especially at European level, financed by the programmes Espon, Horizon 2020, FP5, FP7 and the European Commission directly. He also worked as consultant for bodies such as the European Commission and the London School of Economics. He is author or editor of several books and papers published in refereed journals in the field of regional economics, primarily on the themes of regional growth, regional policy and the models for forecasting regional growth.