Dr Martin Sokol is an economic geographer whose primary research interests revolve around regional and urban development, knowledge economy and transformations in Eastern and Central Europe.
is particularly interested in the rise of the 'new knowledge-based economy' in the 'West', the fall of state-socialism in the 'East' and the implications of these two processes for social and spatial inequalities in the context of the 'New Europe'.
Martin's work included research on the 'knowledge economy', 'learning regions' and 'institutional thickness' in the UK and East-Central Europe, the geography of telecommunications services and networks in Ireland and Slovakia, and knowledge-intensive financial and business services in globalising mega-city regions of north-western Europe.
In TRANSFORM, Martin
contributes to all work packages, with a clear focus on adding the perspective of regions from the New Member States of Central and Eastern Europe.