Session 6

Evolutionary Economic Geography and relatedness

About this event​

Ron Boschma will present one model of Evolutionary Economic Geography and its impact on how relatedness is approached in urban studies and planning.

Using the concept of relatedness and its links to path dependency and complexity to explore how cities renew themselves, he will focus on the theoretical, empirical and policy implications of the model and its circulation.

Date and time

Mon, 7 March 2022

15:00 – 16:30 CET

Ron Boschma

Ron Boschma is currently Full Professor in Regional Economics at the Department of Human Geography and Planning of Utrecht University. He is also Professor in Innovation Studies at UiS Business School of Stavanger University in Norway. He has been Full Professor in Innovation Studies at Lund University, Sweden, 2013-2017, where he was also director of the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE). Boschma has been member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the European Commission DG Regional and Urban Policy 2018-2020, and he is member of the Board of the International Regional Studies Association since 2015. He was member of the Research, Innovation and Science Experts (RISE) High-Level Advisory Body to the European Commissioner Carlos Moedas in DG Research and Innovation in 2015-2016. He has done research projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, European Science Foundation, OECD, the National Government of Italy, and for many Ministries in the Netherlands, among others. Boschma, together with other scholars, has laid the foundations of Evolutionary Economic Geography, a new influential stream in Economic Geography. He has published in international journals on regional diversification, Smart Specialization policy, geography of innovation, regional resilience, spatial evolution of industries, structure and evolution of spatial networks, and on the relationship between agglomeration externalities and regional growth. Boschma has been ranked by Thomson Reuters among the top 1% of cited researchers worldwide in all scientific fields since 2014 on a yearly basis. Boschma has a PhD degree in Economics, Tinbergen Institute, Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1994. He received a Doctoral Degree Social Geography (specialization: Economic Geography) at the University of Amsterdam in 1988.