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Please find below a call for papers for a special session at the Regional
Studies Association Annual Conference in Lugano (Switzerland), June 3-6,


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SS16. Exploring the Co-Evolution Between Industries and Institutions from a
Multi-Scalar Perspective


Session organiser(s)

Huiwen Gong, Department of Geography, Kiel University, Germany
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Robert Hassink, Department of Geography, Kiel University, Germany
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Over the past decades or so, many economic geographers and regional studies
scholars started to notice the power of evolutionary theories in
understanding and explaining economic geographical phenomena (Boschma &
Frenken, 2018). Co-evolution (Schamp, 2010) is one of the several
theoretical concepts used in this evolutionary economic geography, next to
path dependence and lock-ins (Martin & Sunley, 2006), related/unrelated
variety (Content & Frenken, 2016), and resilience (Gong & Hassink, 2017).
Co-evolution can be broadly defined as the development of reciprocal, causal
relationships between distinguishable industrial and institutional
populations through time, embedded in a multi-scalar context (regional,
national, global).

In our view, co-evolution, although less studied than the other evolutionary
concepts, bears great potential and relevance in understanding and
explaining regional economic evolution for three reasons. First,
co-evolution stresses the importance of studying institutions, that is
organizations and formal and informal rules, from an evolutionary
perspective, which have been threatened to be relegated in the evolutionary
economic geography literature (Hassink et al., 2014). Secondly, exploring
and understanding co-evolution is a key precondition for achieving the badly
needed deep contextualization in economic geography and regional studies
(Martin & Sunley, 2015). Finally, co-evolution and the related deep
contextualization are essential for being able to develop tailor-made policy

In our session, we welcome theoretical or empirical contributions focusing
on co-evolution in regional innovation systems, clusters, smart
specialization, sustainability transitions, path dependence and path
creation, or any other topic related to the co-evolution of industries and
institutions. We expect the contributions to deal with one or more of the
following three areas. First, the multi-scalar nature of both industries and
institutions and how they influence each other, which also includes analyses
of tensions, conflicts, complementarities and complexities. Secondly, the
nature of changes; although incremental and radical changes might seem to be
a dual and exclusive typology of evolutionary possibilities, in reality
there are many varieties between these two patterns influenced by different
kinds of critical moments and events (Sanz-Ibáñez et al., 2017). How
incremental and radical changes impact the co-evolution of industrial and
institutional populations need to be further explored. Thirdly, we welcome
contributions that carefully and critically analyze the positive and
negative, and partially unintended impacts of co-evolution for different
individual interest groups.

Based on the presentations, we aim at publishing a special issue in a
journal and/or an edited book with a prominent publisher.


Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250-word abstract
through the RSA conference portal
<> by
Friday 23rd February 2018. 


Any questions to  <> or
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*       Boschma, R., & Frenken, K. (2018). Evolutionary Economic Geography.
In: Clark, G., Gertler, M., Feldman, M. P., & Wójcik, D. (eds.) The New
Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press
*       Content, J., & Frenken, K. (2016). Related variety and economic
development: a literature review. European Planning Studies, 24(12),
*       Gong, H., & Hassink, R. (2017). Regional Resilience: the Critique
Revisited. In: Williams, N. & Vorley, T. (eds.) Creating Resilient
Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain Times, pp.
206-216. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
*       Hassink, R., Klaerding, C., & Marques, P. (2014). Advancing
evolutionary economic geography by engaged pluralism. Regional Studies,
48(7), 1295-1307.
*       Martin, R., & Sunley, P. (2006). Path dependence and regional
economic evolution. Journal of Economic Geography, 6(4), 395-437.
*       Martin, R., & Sunley, P. (2015). Towards a developmental turn in
evolutionary economic geography? Regional Studies, 49(5), 712-732.
*       Sanz-Ibáñez C., Wilson J., & Clavé, S. A. (2017). Moments as
catalysts for change in the evolutionary paths of tourism destinations. In:
Brouder P., Clavé S. A., Gill A., & Ioannides, D. (eds.) Tourism destination
evolution, pp. 81-102. London: Routledge. 
*       Schamp, E. W. (2010). On the notion of co-evolution in economic
geography. In: Boschma, R., & Martin, R. (eds.) Handbook of Evolutionary
Economic Geography, pp. 431-449. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.




Robert Hassink

Professor of Economic Geography

Dept. of Geography, Kiel University

Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 9

24098 Kiel, Germany

tel. 0049-431-880-2951

fax 0049-431-880-5290




Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology (Centre
for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS)), Newcastle University, UK


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