Economic geographers increasingly consider the significance of history in shaping the contemporary socio-economic landscape and believe that experiences and competencies, acquired over time by individuals and entities in particular localities, to a large degree determine present configurations as well as future regional trajectories. Attempts to trace, understand, and investigate the pathways from past to present have given rise to the thriving and exciting sub-field of Evolutionary Economic Geography (EEG).
EEG highlights the important factors that initiate, inhibit, or consolidate the contextual settings and relationships in which regions and their respective agents, which comprise and shape economic activity and social reproduction, change over time. It has at its core the production and destruction of novelty in space, and the links between innovation and regional economic fortunes. The creation of knowledge, its movement and recombination within different regional ensembles of economic agents and institutions plays a critical role in the evolution of the space-economy. EEG provides a framework to disentangle the complexity of technological change and regional economic development based on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.
In only a short time, EEG has established itself as a promising and rapidly evolving research framework with its focus on the driving forces of regional development across various scales and its attempt to translate findings into public policy. This book advances the theoretical foundations of EEG, and demonstrates how EEG utilises and operationalises conceptual frameworks, both established and new. Contributions also point to future research avenues and extensions of EEG, attempting to build stronger ties between theory, empirical evidence, and relevance to policy. This book was originally published as a special issue of Regional Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Evolutionary Economic Geography – Theoretical and Empirical Progress Dieter F. Kogler
1. Towards a Developmental Turn in Evolutionary Economic Geography? Ron Martin and Peter Sunley
2. Towards an Evolutionary Perspective on Regional Resilience Ron Boschma
3. Relatedness, Industrial Branching and Technological Cohesion in US Metropolitan Areas Jürgen Essletzbichler
4. Related Variety, Unrelated Variety and Technological Breakthroughs: An analysis of US State-Level Patenting Carolina Castaldi, Koen Frenken and Bart Los
5. The Role of External Linkages and Gatekeepers for the Renewal and Expansion of US Cities’ Knowledge Base, 1990–2004 Stefano Breschi and Camilla Lenzi
6. rKnowledge: The Spatial Diffusion and Adoption of rDNA Methods Maryann P. Feldman, Dieter F. Kogler and David L. Rigby
7. Interaction and Innovation across Different Sectors: Findings from Norwegian City-Regions Rune Dahl Fitjar and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
8. What Makes Clusters Decline? A Study on Disruption and Evolution of a High-Tech Cluster in Denmark Christian Richter Østergaard and Eunkyung Park
9. Path Renewal in Old Industrial Regions: Possibilities and Limitations for Regional Innovation Policy Lars Coenen, Jerker Moodysson and Hanna Martin
10. Education–Job (Mis)Match and Interregional Migration: Italian University Graduates’ Transition to Work Simona Iammarino and Elisabetta Marinelli
11. Knowledge Neighbourhoods: Urban Form and Evolutionary Economic Geography Gregory M. Spencer
Dieter F. Kogler is a Lecturer in Economic Geography at University College Dublin, Ireland. His research focus is on the geography of innovation and evolutionary economic geography, with a particular emphasis on knowledge production and diffusion, and processes related to technological change and innovation. He is the co-editor of Global and Regional Dynamics in Knowledge Flows and Innovation (with Van Egeraat and Cooke, Routledge, 2014), and Beyond Territory: Dynamic Geographies of Knowledge Creation, Diffusion, and Innovation (with Bathelt and Feldman, Routledge, 2011).