Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Along with these positions, he also carries out an Executive Director role at the World Capital Institute, Monterrey, Mexico, and an Adjunct Professor positions at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, and Open Innovation Academy, Daegu, Korea. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban and regional planning, development and management in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Korean, Finnish, Japanese and Turkish universities. The main foci of his research interests are clustered around the following interrelated and interdisciplinary themes: ‘Knowledge-Based Urban Development and Knowledge Cities’, ‘Sustainable Urban Development and Sustainable Cities’, ‘Intelligent Urban Technologies and Smart Cities’. He is an Editor-in-Chief of ‘Elsevier’s Smart Cities Book Series’, the Editor-in-Chief of ‘International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development’, a Section Editor-in-Chief of ‘Sustainability’, a Regional Editor of ‘Journal of Knowledge Management’, and an Associate Editor of ‘International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology’, ‘Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management’, ‘Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity’, ‘Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, and ‘Journal of Smart Cities’. Additionally, he is an editorial board member of ‘Journal of Urban Technology’, ‘Knowledge Management Research & Practice’, ‘Measuring Business Excellence’, ‘International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations’, and ‘Urban Science’. He undertakes the Chairman role of the annual ‘Knowledge Cities World Summit’ series, and organised conferences in many locations of the world since 2007. These locations include Monterrey (Mexico), Shenzhen (China), Melbourne (Australia), Bento Gonçalves (Brazil), Matera (Italy), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), Daegu (Korea), Vienna (Austria), Arequipa (Peru), and Tenerife (Spain). He also contributed in the organisation of other over two-dozen international conferences in various capacities. He has published his research findings extensively. These publications also include over 130 articles published in high-impact journals, and the following 11 key reference books published by esteemed international publishing houses: ‘Geographies of Disruption’ (Springer, 2019), ‘Urban Knowledge and Innovation Spaces (Routledge, 2017), ‘Technology and the City (Routledge, 2016)’, ‘Knowledge and the City (Routledge, 2014)’, ‘Sustainable Urban Water Environment (Edward Elgar, 2014)’, ‘Building Prosperous Knowledge Cites (Edward Elgar, 2012)’, ‘Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies (IGI Global, 2010)’, ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development (IGI Global, 2010)’, ‘Rethinking Sustainable Development (IGI Global, 2010)’ ‘Knowledge-Based Urban Development (IGI Global, 2008)’, ‘Creative Urban Regions (IGI Global, 2008)’.
Tommi Inkinen is a Professor and a Research Director at the University of Turku. His discipline is logistical systems of maritime transportation. Previously he has been the vice chair of the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where he worked as a Professor of Economic Geography and a Professor of Human Geography 2008 till 2016. He also holds a Docentship of Regional Studies and Economic Geography. His latest projects include “Geography and Innovative Competitiveness? Finnish Knowledge Regions in European and Global Economy” funded by the Academy of Finland. His research interests primarily cover the issues of maritime transport, logistical systems and port cities together with innovation and economic geography. These include the regional and social structuring of innovation systems, technology integration, regional development and logistics of transport. He and his research team have published extensively on these topics in international journals and collections. He is a current chairman of the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) Innovation, Information and Technology Commission and previously Editor-In-Chief of peer-reviewed quarterly journal Terra, Finnish Geographical Journal.