Lucia Gomez Charry
MSc. Urban Management & Development

Project Researcher, Geography (Department of Geography and Geology)
Doctoral Student, Economic Geography (Department of Marketing and International Business)
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Areas of expertise
Foreign direct investments in the global South; Urban economic development; Technological advancement​​​; Urban sustainability


Ms. Gómez is a Ph.D. candidate in economic geography at Turku School of Economics. In her doctoral dissertation, she analyses global trends in foreign direct investments (FDI) targeting the global South and possibilities for technological advancement through FDI in Medellín, Colombia. Her Medellín case study focuses on the planning process of a recently established innovation district as well as the potential of foreign IT investments to generate local technological capabilities. Her earlier professional experience includes work in architectural and development cooperation projects in Latin America, Africa, and East Europe.


Her research examines the factors, at country and urban scales, promoting the competitive advantage of foreign firms, explaining the emergence of some cities as important nodes for foreign investments, and the role of these investments in the technological catch-up taking place in the global South. At the local scale, the research takes place in the context of an emerging investment hub in Medellín, Colombia. There, I focus the study on information technology (IT) investments and their role in advancing local technological capabilities and economic development.

Ms. Gómez is currently involved in the research project (IDeaS): Innovation Districts in Emerging and Advanced Economies for Sustainable urban development


The State of African Cities 2018 : The geography of African investment : Foreign Investments in the Peripheral Global South (2018) The State of African Cities Report 2018: The Geography of African Investment Lucia Gómez, Ronald Wall, Päivi Oinas
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Technology-Driven Foreign Direct Investment within the Global South (2016) Cristina Chaminade, Lucía Gómez
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Undercurrents in the global economy: repositioning the other half of the world-system in global investment flows
(2016) Extreme geographics: Maantieteen päivät 2016, The Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers 2016 Lucia Gómez
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The other half of the World System (2015) Lucía Gómez Charry, Ronald Wall, Päivi Oinas
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Last updated on 2019-21-07 at 02:23