Dr. Igor Calzada, Ph.D.


PostDoctoral Research Fellow at COMPAS & InSIS, University of Oxford (UK), Programme for the Future of Cities. In addition to this, he holds a PostDoctoral Research Fellow position at the Basque Foundation for Science, Ikerbasque and he is currently Lecturer & Senior Researcher at the University of Mondragon Unibertsitatea a part of the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation Group based in the Basque Country. He got his PhD at the Univ of Mondragon (Spain). He was the Scientific Director of City-Regions/Euskal Hiria 2012 Congress organized by the Basque Government.

Nowadays, he is working on the crossroads between:

Territory + Strategy + Social Innovation

Specifically, on his PostDoctoral Research project entitled "Benchmarking Future City-Regions", which is an territorial/regional strategies' comparative framework to implement urban transformability and resliient postcrisis socially innovative scalable solutions. The Framework (one of the key outputs of his doctoral research) consists of 5-Systems and it is based on their integration: URBS, CYBER, CIVITAS, POLIS & DEMOS. This follows the completion of his book and PhD, a case study of the spatial and political configuration of the Basque Country into a City-Region. He draws on theories of territoriality and network-formation to offer a comparative analysis of the Basque Country, Dublin and Portland. Currently he is carrying out ethnographic fieldword in Oresund, Iceland, Manchester/Liverpool, Scotland, Catalunya & Basque Country. Research Interests: City-Regions, Governance, Urban Change, PostGrowth Transition, Social Innovation, Participation, Smart Cities & Sovereignty. He was presented with a Research Award by the Spanish Princess. He has been Associate Researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno (USA); worked as Director of Research & Innovation at the Vice-Ministry of the Basque Government; has carried out research, on the 5th, 6th and 7th FP of the EU; has worked for 10 years in the Mondragon Coop, and has worked as a Strategic and Innovation Advisor for institutions & companies. He obtained the Advanced Studies degree at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He also has MBA from the Faculty of Economics & Business and the Dphil at Political Science & Sociology at the University of Deusto (Spain). Member of RSA Regional Studies Association, James Oxford Martin School & Basque Studies Society.

  • Work
    • University of Oxford
  • Education
    • Research
    • Lecture