It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we learned about the passing away of Professor Emeritus Åke E Andersson. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and colleagues.

Professor Åke E. Andersson was born in Sweden in 1936. He received his degree in economics at the University of Göteborg, and thereafter worked for the City of Stockholm, the Nordic Institute of Planning in Stockholm (Nordplan), the University of Göteborg, the University of Pennsylvania, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, the University of Umeå, the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and currently as a professor of Economics at the Jönköping International Business School.

In 1995 professor Andersson was awarded the prestegious Japanese Honda Prize for his work on dynamic analysis in the fields of regional economics and regional planning.

In 2005 professor Andersson received the European Prize in Regional Science by the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) at the organisation’s 45th Congress in Amsterdam.