Dr Marcin Baron is a faculty of the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland (Department of Strategic and Regional Studies). He was granted a Stefan Batory Trust / Foreign Commonwealth Office Scholarship in Oxford to write his master thesis in urban and regional economics. Marcin also completed the postgraduate course “Knowledge Intensive Partnerships for Entrepreneurship” at Södertörn University in Stockholm and the International Management Teachers Academy (track: Strategic and International Management).
As an academic, for around 20 years, Marcin has participated in numerous mobility actions and international research projects with universities, policy-makers and liaison institutions. Innovation and regional policy, especially related to technological game-changers, industrial applications and open innovations are his focus of interest. Having a strong belief in the power of proximity, Marcin is keen on supporting territorial approach to innovation and networking of different ranges. He deals with the application of strategic management tools to policy programming. Being anchored in regional studies, Marcin has a vast experience concerning the EU cohesion policy and European funding.
He has got a sound track record of advisory to public authorities. He co-created, often as a principal facilitator, strategies and programs for the economic development of large Polish cities and regions. Recently he was also an expert of the ministerial task force on the industrial policy of Poland. Marcin is a member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the European Regional Science Association.
Currently, he is involved in research projects on just transition towards the green economy (within the Horizon programme) as well as on Industry 4.0 and digital entrepreneurs (funded by the Polish National Science Centre).