Posted on: 21 June, 2019
Application deadline: September 20, 2019

5th Geography of Innovation Conference, Stavanger, Norway, 29-31 January 2020

The University of Stavanger, in partnership with RUNIN, are organising the

 5th Geography of Innovation Conference 

which will take place in Stavanger from 29th to 31st January 2020.

Due to high demand we have the pleasure to announce that the deadline for submissions of papers or extended abstracts to the 5th Geography of Innovation Conference is extended to the 20th September 2019.

The conference brings together leading scholars on the spatial dimension of innovation processes. It is a forum for interdisciplinary research on this topics, including perspectives from economic geography, innovation economics, and regional science, as well as economics and management science, sociology and network theory, and political and planning sciences.

Call for papers and other information:

NEW! We are happy to announce three bursaries sponsored by the Regional Studies Association: One bursary for a participant from a developing economy (conference fee and travel up to EUR 400), and two bursaries for early-career researchers (conference fee and travel up to EUR 200). Details here:

We welcome submissions of papers or extended abstracts in a wide range of topics at the crossroads between economics, innovation and geography, to a total of 40 sessions, including the following special sessions:

The geography of resilience in Europe Gabriela Carmen Pascariu, Peter Nijkamp, Karima Kourtit, Bogdan-Constantin Ibanescu

New (Big) data sources and methods to unpack the geography of innovationBenjamin Klement, Yuri Campbell, Rafael Boix, Julio Raffo, Luciana Lazzeretti, Deyun Yin, Carlo Corradini, Enrico Vanino

What role does the bioeconomy play in the transformation of regions towards sustainable development? Milad Abbasiharofteh, Aitziber Elola, Teis Hansen, Frans Hermans, Suyash Jolly, Muhamed Kudic, Daniel Schiller

Creative Industry Clusters, Innovation and Policy Bruce Tether, Hasan Bakhshi, Neil Lee, Max Nathan, Josh Siepel

Geography and Intangibles Carolina Castaldi, Valentina Meliciani

Trademarks in Space Carolina Castaldi, Dieter Kogler, Sandro Mendonça

Moving beyond technology transfer: Evaluating and measuring the knowledge exchange performance of higher education institutions in the spatial context Chiara Marzocchi, Federica Rossi, Elvira Uyarra, Fumi Kitagawa

Clusters, global innovation networks, and the globalization of knowledge Cristina Chaminade, José-Luis Hervás-Oliver, Ernest Miguelez, Ram Mudambi, Monica Plechero, Julio Raffo

The dark side of innovation in times of shifting technological paradigm Elisa Giuliani, Simona Iammarino

Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy Ernest Miguelez, Andrea Morrison, Marte C. W. Solheim, Stefano Breschi

Ocean space innovation Frank Asche, Ragnar Tveterås

The evolution of technology Tom Brökel

Innovation and the Foundational Economy: a new model of place-based development? Lars Coenen, Teis Hansen, Pedro Marques, Kevin Morgan

Understanding the heterogeneity of regional energy transitions: Opportunities and limitations for regional development Lars Coenen, Teis Hansen, Robert Hassink

Innovation and Regional Transformation: Change Agency and Opportunity Spaces Markus Grillitsch, Nadir Kinossian, Markku Sotarauta

Knowledge complexity Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Tom Brökel

The Role of the State in the New Generation of Innovation: a Multi-Scalar Perspective Huiwen Gong, Robert Hassink, Kevin Morgan, Elvira Uyarra

Digital Platform Geographies Shauna Brail, Shiri Breznitz, Betsy Donald, Katie Wells, Masaru Yarime

Social Innovation in the Global South: theoretical and empirical insights into actors, processes and impacts Simone Strambach, Annika Surmeier


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Shiri Breznitz– Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Meric Gertler– University of Toronto

Mercedes Delgado– Copenhagen Business School and MIT Innovation Initiative

Neil Lee – London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Alessandra Faggian– Gran Sasso Science Institute

César A. Hidalgo– MIT Media Lab



Papers and extended abstracts submission deadline: 20th September 2019

Acceptance confirmation: 10th October 2019

Registration opens: 10th October 2019

Registration closes: 24th November 2019

Conference opens: 29th January 2020