Professor Robert Huggins was appointed as Chair of Economic Geography at Cardiff University and Director of its Centre for Economic Geography in September 2011. Prior to this he held a chair at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (2008-2011), and a Senior Lectureship at the University of Sheffield (2005-2008). He also has private sector experience managing a research and management consultancy.
Professor Huggins's areas of interest highlight regional economic development, in particular the study of clusters and competitiveness, knowledge flows, entrepreneurship, innovation, and inter-organisational networks. Research projects focus on regional competitiveness; inward investment; the knowledge economy and high-technology industry; the culture of entrepreneurship and business development; and the development and mobilisation of knowledge and skills. He is the originator of the European Competitiveness Index, the UK Competitiveness Index and co-founder of the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index.