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From: Danny MacKinnon 
Subject: CfP AAG 2019 Path Creation and Regional Development
Date: September 25, 2018 at 4:44:41 AM EDT
Reply-To: Economic Geography Research Group 

Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, D.C., 
April 3-7, 2019

Path Creation and Regional Development: Diverse Research Trajectories and 

Session Organisers: Danny Mackinnon (CURDS, Newcastle University, UK); Michaela 
Trippl (Dep. of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, 
Austria); Arne Isaksen (School of Business and Innovation, University of Agder, 

In recent years, work on path creation and regional branching has gathered 
momentum in Evolutionary Economic Geography (EEG) and regional studies. 
Building upon an established strand of sociological research, the idea that 
place-specific legacies and conditions play a critical role in fostering new 
path creation is a founding assumption of this research. In particular, new 
models such as the 'path as a process model' and the rapidly growing body of 
literature on regional diversification highlight the role of pre-existing local 
structures, competences and resources in facilitating new path development. 
Subsequent contributions have offered insights into the processes and 
mechanisms that underpin different forms of path development, ranging from the 
creation of new paths to the importation of paths from outside the region, 
related and unrelated path diversification and the upgrading of existing 
industrial paths.

EEG studies have recently attracted criticism for building on too narrowly 
conceptualised models of endogenous and firm-driven structural change and for 
neglecting the role of power, institutions and multi-scalar interrelatedness 
and embeddedness of firms and non-firm actors. In response, scholars have begun 
to develop broader conceptualisations of new path development by combining EEG 
with insights from research on regional and technological innovation systems, 
socio-technical transitions, global production and innovation networks and 
institutional entrepreneurship. This has opened up a range of perspectives on 
the emergence and transformation of regional industrial paths. Recent studies 
reflect a growing interest in multi-actor and multi-scalar approaches and 
provide richer explanations of why regions differ in their capacity to nurture 
new paths by harnessing local assets and attracting (and anchoring) exogenous 
resources. They also offer deeper insights into enabling and constraining 
factors that reside within old paths and innovation systems and cast light on 
the roles played by different forms of agency in creating and exploiting 
favourable conditions for new growth paths.

This AAG session aims to further advance path creation research in economic 
geography and regional studies.  In particular, it is designed to address the 
tendency for researchers to adopt different terminology, theoretical approaches 
and substantive research foci by encouraging increased dialogue and 
cross-fertilisation between them. As such, the organisers are seeking a range 
of contributions that seek to both advance research on path creation and foster 
debate about future directions and agendas. We very much welcome theoretical, 
methodological, empirical and policy analyses which address the following 

. Definitions and conceptualisations of path creation relative to overlapping 
concepts such as path renewal, path importation / transplantation and path 
diversification / branching.

. Assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical 
frameworks, particularly in contributing to the understanding of path creation 
in different types of regions (core versus peripheral) and 'challenge-led' path 
development driven by underlying societal transitions to green and digital 

. The significance of different forms of agency and actors in fostering and 
shaping path creation, including entrepreneurs, trans-national corporations, 
universities and state agencies.

. The contribution of different mechanism of path creation such as 
diversification, transplantation and indigenous path creation.

. Different forms of technological and non-technological relatedness between 
pre-existing and emerging economic paths and the degree to which the importance 
of these different forms of relatedness varies across regions and industries

. The role of multi-scalar institutional environments in enabling and 
constraining particular forms of regional path creation and how this may change 
over time.

. The processes by which key 'path advocates' seek to empower and legitimate 
emerging paths within broader multi-scalar institutional environments.

. The influence of positive and negative local and non-local inter-path 
dynamics upon new path development, assessing how such dynamics affect the rate 
and direction of change in different types of regions.

. Sources and patterns of negative development trajectories and path failures.

. Different ways of doing path creation research in terms of methodological 
approaches, outlooks and techniques.

. The types of policy frameworks and initiatives best suited for supporting 
path development in general and challenge-led path creation in particular.
Please send 250 word abstracts to the organisers by Wednesday 17th October 2019<>;<>;<>

We aim to notify authors by Thursday 25th October 2019.

Professor Danny MacKinnon
Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: +44 (0) 191 208 8604

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