Innovating Outside of Agglomerations
Global Conference on Economic Geography (U Cologne)
|Date||Friday, 16 March 2018|
Tuesday, 24 July – Saturday, 28 July 2018
|Location||Cologne (Germany) | Albertus-Magnus-Platz | 50923 Cologne|
|Contact||Lukas Vonnahme (SFB 1199) | firstname.lastname@example.org|
In a world of ever-increasing opportunities of mobility and communication, innovation is less restricted by geographical proximity. Current debates on the geographies of innovation progressively challenge well-established concepts like co-location and knowledge spillover. In recent years, a number of empirical studies have stressed the importance of dispersed innovation activities that can appear at, but are not restricted to, certain types of agglomeration such as cities and clusters, events like trade fairs, or (global) organizational networks. Another layer that adds to this complexity of innovation patterns is addressed by the topic of this session: innovating outside of agglomerations.
While established theories contribute to the argument of a negative correlation of innovation and periphery, recent empirical work demonstrates quite the opposite: through a broad variety of activities, firms can be highly innovative in such areas. Taking these findings into account, a more nuanced view on the geographies of innovation is needed. The aim of this session is to improve our understanding of innovation originating from “peripheries” by uncovering concrete strategies, determinants, activities, and impacts of innovation in such areas.
We therefore call for specific empirical contributions that explore:
- firm innovation in different “peripheral” areas of the world;
- specific firm-based strategies to innovation and main determinants of innovation;
- the potential of firm innovations for regional and local development in such areas;
- differences in innovation activities in different “peripheral” settings;
- ideas and approaches to better conceptualize the geographies innovation from a “peripheral” perspective.
Please submit your 250-word abstract through the conference website between 15 November 2017 and 15 March 2018: Link (15 January 2018).
For further enquiry, feel free to contact us: Lukas Vonnahme (email@example.com) and Markus Grillitsch (firstname.lastname@example.org).