Dr. Susana Franco holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham and is working in Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness as a researcher since 2010. Her main activities and responsibilities include conducting quantitative and qualitative research and coordinating, developing and managing projects within the areas of clusters, competitiveness, regional development, employment and wellbeing; publishing research output in international academic journals, books and reports; interacting with different regional and international agents; contributing to training in the field of competitiveness; and supervising doctoral students.

She has previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at various British and Latin American universities and as a consultant for several United Nations agencies. She also acquired experience in matters of development through work carried out at an NGO.