Dima Yankova

POLISS research theme

Coordination and Local Networks

Host institution

Spanish National Research Council

Secondment institutions

University of Pécs
Consellería de Innovación, Universidades, Ciencia y Sociedad Digital de la Comunidad Valenciana

Supervisory team


Dima holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from Cambridge University (UK) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a combined minor in Environmental and Political Science from Union College (USA). Before joining academia, she worked as an Analyst for an international consulting company and as a Project Associate for a public authority with a focus on placemaking projects.


I analyze the economic specialization of regions by zooming in on the key actors and forces which drive the evolution of local collaborative knowledge networks

Current Research Question

What determines tie formation in a regional R&D network? How do exogenous shocks alter the collaborative behavior of local actors?

Data & Methods

I employ a combination of Social Network Analysis and econometric models to an original dataset reflecting formal R&D collaboration between firms, universities and research centers in the region of Valencia.

Societal interests

Mapping the evolution of collaborative networks gives policymakers an insight into how local knowledge is produced and distributed, how it can be recombined with novel advancements and ultimately converted into competitive advantage.