Mariangela Lavanga is Assistant Professor Cultural Economics at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is a member of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC), co-ordinator of the MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship (ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in the Netherlands among cultural management programs), and co-founder and co-ordinator of the first Minor Fashion Industry in the Netherlands.
Mariangela holds a PhD in Communication Economics / Cultural Economics from IULM University in Milan, a MSc in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a BA/MSc in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Between 2006 and 2010, Mariangela was post-doc researcher in economic geography at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Mariangela Lavanga's expertise lies in the analysis of the interrelations between creative industries and cities. She focuses on locational choices, labour market, mobility and entrepreneurship; fashion trade fair events as intermediaries and temporary clusters; local and global networks; value-creation, sustainability and slow fashion; fashion retail. Her last project “Behind the scenes in Dutch fashion; Bridging the gap between independent fashion designers, craftsmen and fashion intermediaries” received a grant from the NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) - Creative Industry - Knowledge Innovation Mapping (KIEM).
She lectures a variety of courses: Economic Geography of Creativity and Urban Development, Economics of Fashion, and the Honours program in the International Bachelor in Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS), Cultural Economics: Empirical Research and Economics of Fashion, Design and Architecture in the MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship. She is currently co-supervising two PhD students: Alice Janssens on Berlin as a fashion capital in the interwar period, and Shirley Nieuwland on entrepreneurship and creative tourism.
She has over 15 years of academic and professional experience as a researcher, lecturer and consultant. She has provided research and consultancy services for government authorities, foundations and organisations across Europe.
She has recently co-organized fours sessions on the geographies of fashion in the digital age at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017 in London and an international seminar on fashion capitals in the long twentieth century at at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.