Date and location

  •   January 14, 2018 - January 16, 2018
  •   Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden (the Netherlands)

Conference details

The 4th workshop of the RSA Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History takes place in Leeuwarden, which is the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Do you want to visit the workshop as delegate? Please write an email to: You will find the program below.

Sunday evening 14 January, 19.00: dinner Wannee (Restaurant Stenden Hotel)

Monday 15 January

09:15 – Introduction: Marijn Molema (Fryske Akademy)

09.30 – Keynote address:  Ron Boschma (Utrecht University/Lund): The concept of resilience as contact point between history and economic geography

10:30 – Break

10.45 – Panel 1 Chaired by Arno van der Zwet Mila Davids (Eindhoven University of Technology): ‘Local meets global’: Resilience in Dutch and Taiwanese high tech regions’.

Rolv Petter Amdam (BI Norwegian Business School) and Ove Bjarnar (Molde University College): ‘The development of resilience in a Norwegian maritime region’.
Discussant: John Tomaney (UCL)

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Keynote address: Otto Raspe (PBL Neth. Environmental Assessment Agency): Variables of regional development and the role of economic policies

14.30 – Break

14.45 – Panel 2 Chaired by Martin Åberg

Sandrine Labory (University of Ferrara): Regional Resilience: lessons from historical analysis of industrial policy in the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy Raffaele Giardino (Regione Emilia-Romagna) and  Alberto Rinaldi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia): ‘Resilient industrial districts in Italy: the case of Emilia-Romagna’.
 Discussant: Aleid Brouwer (Uni. of Groningen and Stenden/NHL)

16.30 – Social program

Walk to the Blokhuispooort, headquarter Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Europe 2018 (LF2018)
Presentation Klaas Sietse Spoelstra: LF2018 King of the meadows: performances that pay tribute to the natural diversity of Friesland
Dinner, Walk or taxi to the Hotel (about 20.00)

Tuesday 16 January

08:45 – Panel 3 Chaired by Bart Hoogeboom

Robin Philips (Int. Institute Social History): Exploring the effects of long-term industrialization on unemployment and economic growth in Belgium and the Netherlands
Emil Evenhuis (Cambridge): New Directions in Researching Regional Economic Resilience and Adaptation
Discussant: Karel Davids (VU University Amsterdam)

10:30 – Break

10.45 – Panel 4 Chaired by Arno van der Zwet

Ramon Ramon-Muñoz (University of Barcelona): ‘Exploring resilience in agri-food clusters during globalization and deglobalization periods: evidence from Catalonia’.
Ronald Plantinga & Marijn Molema  (Fryske Akademy): ‘Learning in the Dutch-Frisian dairy cluster, c. 1960-2010’
Discussant: Rolv Petter Amdam

12.30 – Lunch

13.15- – Reflections and Prospections

John Tomaney (UCL) and Karel Davids (VU): Concluding remarks
Marijn Molema (Fryske Akademy) & Ramon Ramon-Muñoz (University of Barcelona): Next conference & special issue

14.00 – End

The workshop is carried out within the Framework of the RSA Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History (ReHi), with support from the Fryske Akademy/Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the Dutch-Flemish research school for Economic and Social History

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Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden (the Netherlands)