GEN - Governance and Economics research Network


GEN focuses on four fields: Public economics and governance, circular economy, regional and sectoral economics and family businesses. Concerning the first vector, GEN adopts an interdisciplinary perspective which integrates expertise in political science and economic geography. Our analysis of both public expenditure and revenues pays special attention to federal intergovernmental relationships and decentralization processes. Among other current projects, GEN is a partner of the FRESHER consortium (H2020). Knowledge transfer activities in this area, include networks DERNET (Fiscal and Political Decentralization Research Network), RIFDE and Red Localis. Our Circular Economy vector follows the same kind of interdisciplinary view, devoted to increasing materials productivity and efficiency, and to develop new perspectives to decoupling economic growth and environmental impacts from energy consumption, water and raw materials. Our interest in regional and sectoral economics includes a mix of topics, but our efforts are focused on the analysis of the Galician economy and on sport economics, joining economists and specialists in sport sciences. Our knowledge transfer in this area is managed by the Galician Economic Forum. Finally, research and teaching activities of GEN on family businesses are performed under the umbrella provided by the Chair of Family Business of the University of Vigo. This chair is integrated into the Spanish Family Business Institute. GEN is a Competitive Research Group of the Xunta de Galicia and member of ECOBAS.


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The University of Alcalá in cooperation with RIFDE-GEN, held a conference in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) on September, 12, 2018, which has focused on pending reforms in the Spanish public sector.

2nd Red Localis Congress

Red Localis and GEN, organized the second edition of the Red Localis Congress, with the title "Present and future of the municipal public services: optimal size". It was held in Ourense on June 21-22, 2018, with the funding of Deputación Provincial de Ourense, Vicepresidencia e Consellería de Presidencia, Administración Pública e Xustiza, Wolters Kluwer, Ecobas, Eudita, Vortal, Banco Sabadell, Concello de Ourense.

Workshop Family Business

The Chair of Family Business in collaboration with GEN, organized the first workshop on Family Business held in Ourense on May 24, 2018. This seminar with the aim of promoting research and collaboration between different institutions, joined relevant researchers on this topic.

OECD Review
of AIReF

The report that was prepared by 5 international experts, including the director of the GEN research group of the University of Vigo, Santiago Lago-Peñas, was published on December 21, 2017.

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