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Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen completed her doctoral work at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are transdisciplinary in the fields of international business, innovation ecosystems, and urban-regional restructuring. In international business, she has worked on the spatial and temporal dynamics of foreign direct investment, internationalization of pharmaceutical companies, and the importance of collaboration in innovation in the bioeconomy. She was one of the first group of visiting faculty members at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is currently a member of the International Academic Advisory Council at the School of Business, Economics and Law.
She has undertaken NSF-funded research on various aspects of high technology industries. One of her first NSF-funded research projects was on understanding the importance of clusters and collaboration in innovation within small and medium companies in the biotechnology industry. An extension of this research was to study the evolution of ecosystems in biopharma in India and the United Kingdom. This was followed by another NSF-funded study of renewable energy firms and their competitive (innovation and collaboration) strategies. One of her interests has been to study energy transition patterns across the developing world to explore policy-practice mismatch.
In the area of high technology’s impact on society, her collaborative NSF research on workforce development in the United States was one of the first to offer an understanding of women in cybersecurity. In recent years, she has been studying urban and regional restructuring in the United States with a focus on the role of demographic, economic, and technological shifts. She published a book, based on collaboration with her students, entitled Shrinking Cities: An Understanding Urban Decline in the United States. Her recent work is focusing on a comparative analysis of growing and declining regions across the United States.
She has served as the Chief Editor of one of the flagship journals, The Professional Geographer, of the American Association of Geographers, and as Associate Editor of two other highly ranked journals, Applied Geography and Papers in Regional Science. She has served as a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation’s Human Environment and Geographical Sciences and the Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks programs. She also assisted with proposal evaluation with the new (2021) program on Build and Broaden 2.0: Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions.
She was a leadership fellow of the American Council on Education at the University of California – Los Angeles, where she worked closely with the Provost and his team to understand leadership challenges in higher administration, with a specific focus on internationalization. This fellowship sparked her research interest in studying the university’s role in regional development (e.g., technology transfer) as well as an interest in leadership positions at the university. She was the Chair of the Department of Geography for two terms, and was co-Director of the Gender Institute at SUNY-Buffalo. The directorship at ASU is an exciting opportunity for her to engage in a leadership role in a university that is deeply focused on innovation, inclusivity, and broader societal impacts.
PhD, University of Georgia