Patricia Canto is a researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences (University of Deusto); an MPhil in Development Studies (IDS-University of Sussex); an MA in International Relations (University of Sussex) and a BA in International Relations from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM).

She investigates the role that communication plays in articulating academic knowledge in territorial development processes and international knowledge networks. Her research areas include the social impact of research; scholarly publishing and scholarly communication; and the role of universities in regional socioeconomic development.

Her work in Orkestra also involves managing its publication’s policy and the editorial coordination of its different collections. She has worked in the design and implementation of the Institute’s communication strategy and its different tools.

Before joining Orkestra she worked for 10 years in the development of public policies related to economic development and competitiveness in different levels of government in Mexico, among them the Ministry of the Economy. She has been a lecturer at the University of Deusto and at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.