03.10.2023 Introduction: Ottavia Cima as Substitute for the Professorship of Heike Mayer Following Heike Mayer’s appointment as Vice-Rector for Quality, Ottavia Cima has taken over part of the coordination of the Economic Geography Unit at GIUB, including teaching, supervision and the representation of the Unit in the Institute Council. Having previously worked at the University of Fribourg and the University of Luxembourg, Ottavia has been a postdoctoral researcher at GIUB since February 2022. Her research interests focus on just and sustainable development and span from agricultural change in Central Asia to urban manufacturing in Swiss cities. Ottavia is member of the Community Economies Institute, the community of scholars and activists that has gathered around JK Gibson-Graham’s work on Diverse Economies. She has also recently joined the Editorial Board of Geographica Helvetica, the Swiss journal of geography.