Allan Cochrane is a Visiting Informal Academic Emeritus professor at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences of The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. During his over thirty years academic career at The Open University he held the positions of Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Head of Department. He chairs the Advisory Board of the ESRC funded Cities in Conflict project based at the universities of Cambridge and Exeter and Queen's University Belfast; he is a member of the ESRC's Peer Review College and a member of the Editorial Board of Territory, Politics, Governance. His main research interest is focused on the urban sites analysed in the context of workings of power, the possibilities of politics and changing forms of policy intervention.
Yonn Dierwechter is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His research focuses on the emerging geographies of comparative metropolitan planning practices; state/space relationships; and the links between urban growth management/smart growth, sustainability policies, internationalism, and city-regionalism. Yonn's recently published book is entitled ‘Urban sustainability through smart growth: planning, intercurrence and the geographies of regional development across Greater Seattle. He is currently working on another major book project: "Smart city-regionalism in transition," co-authored with Dr Tassilo Herrschel (Routledge).
Paweł Orłowski has graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk. He is a politician having a many years experience in local, regional and the state governance. In his political career he performed many functions. Among others he was the Deputy Mayor of the City of Sopot, the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Regional Development and in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. He is currently a member of the board of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. He specializes and has a broad practical experience in the problems of spatial planning, metropolisation and urban regeneration.
Maciej Smętkowski has a Ph.D. in earth sciences, specialty economic geography. He is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG) and Deputy Director of Institute of Americas and Europe, University of Warsaw. He has participated in number of research projects on metropolisation processes, instruments of regional policy, trans-border co-operation and evaluation of pre-accession aids and structural funds of the UE. He has a deep experience in evaluation of public policies including empirical analyses within ESPON Programme, UE Research Framework Programme and other Polish evaluations studies. He is a Member of the Board of the Polish Section of the Regional Studies Association. He published several articles as well as he is co-author of two books in English: "The European Metropolises and Their Regions: From Economic Landscapes to Metropolitan Networks" and "Cross-border Co-operation of Poland after Enlargement: Focus on Eastern Border".