Discussion panel on Smart Specialisation and Evolutionary Economic Geography


The 6th of June, Online S3 and the Centre of Spatial Dynamics at University College Dublin will be running a discussion panel on Smart Specialisation in Dublin. This event is part of the RSA Annual Conference 2017.

This panel will explore how recent progress in the field of Evolutionary Economic Geography can support the European project of Smart Specialisation. Here the focus is directed at science and technology domains and, in particular, at their presence and connectedness at a given place. However, much of the evidence supporting Smart Specialisation theories is anecdotal. Evolutionary Economic Geography on the other hand is working on a number of systematic approaches capable of identifying the local knowledge bases, while also measuring how relatedness among such domains advances over time in a path-dependent fashion.

Based on this, the following idea has been put forward: if one manages to quantify domain and connectedness, ceteris paribus, one should also be able to predict future trajectories of regional development, and thus be able to advise regions in what areas of economic activity to invest in order to create a competitive edge that rests on local scientific and technological expertise that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. The panelists will discuss the feasibility of such an idea in light of recent theoretical and empirical advancements.

Date, time and location

Tuesday, 06 June 2017, 11:30 – 13:00
Trinity College Dublin, Emmet Theatre (Arts Building), Dublin, Ireland


Mark Deakin, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, M.Deakin@napier.ac.uk
Luca Mora, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, L.Mora@napier.ac.uk
Dieter F. Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland, Dieter.Kogler@ucd.ie


Bjørn Asheim, University of Stavanger, Norway
Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Mark Deakin, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
Martin Henning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Nicos Komninos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Andy Pike, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom


Dieter F. Kogler, University College Dublin, Ireland

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