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Karen Maguire is Head of the Regional Innovation Unit of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division. Her current work focuses on policies regarding regional innovation systems and clusters. She manages thematic reports in this field as well as the series OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation. She led reviews of: North of England-UK, 15 Mexican states, Catalonia-Spain and Basque Country-Spain (forthcoming). She is the main author of the OECD publication Competitive Regional Clusters: National Policy Approaches and co-author of Globalisation and Regional Economies: Can OECD Regions Compete in Global Industries? She has also contributed to OECD reports on rural and urban economic development issues. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Maguire worked as an international consultant in economic development, an investment banker in New York and a Research Analyst for the Urban Institute in Washington. She holds degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Chicago and Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Clusters & Networks