Jacques-François Thisse is a Professor at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He has published over 200 articles in different internation journals (Econometrica, JAmerican Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, etc) and in different disciplines such as industrial economics, spatial economics, international economics and public economics. He is particularly interested in product differentiation, heterogeneous consumers and firm behaviour in various types of market structure and spatial settings. He has been a Visiting Invited Professor in many departments, most recently at Columbia economics department and has received many prestigious awards, amongst which the Solvay price of the Belgian Science foundation in 2006.