Working Group Economic Geography

Huiwen Gong


  Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin mit Zielrichtung Habilitation)
Room 9, HRS9, ground floor
Phone +49 431 880-2438
Fax +49 431 880-5290


Geographisches Institut
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 9
24098 Kiel

Office hours:      Please make appointments by email, virtual meetings via Zoom

                          25-06, 15.00-17.00

                          01-07, 15.00-17.00

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Focus of Research

  • Geography of innovation, Geography of sustainability transitions
  • Creative industries (particularly video games industry), creativity
  • Theories and debates of Economic Geography
  • Co-evolution of institutions and industries
  • Emerging industries and local new path creation


My PhD research focused on the co-evolutionary process of the video game industry development and the dynamics of the institutional environments. Like other concepts such as path dependence, related variety, lock-in, selection, and variation, co-evolution remains a key concept in evolutionary economic geography. However, while there have been some discussion on the concept in theoretical writings in economic geography, empirical research on this notion is scarce. To fill this gap, this research focused on the co-evolutionary relationships between a creative industry--the video game industry, and its broader supporting institutional environments. The research was based on theories from many disciplines such as evolutionary economics, institutional theories and economic sociology. By bringing insights from multiple disciplines, this project aimed at answering the following questions: 1) how did (do) the video game industry evolve in Shanghai and Hamburg? 2) How did (do) the supporting institutional environment change over time in both cases? 3) What's the impact of video game industry development on the dynamics of institutions, and vice versa?

Finished research project: 

The Evolution of Creative Industry Clusters (ECIC) - A Comparison of Cases in Germany and China.

Qualification, international academic activities & Employment



  • 2019.09: PhD in Economic Geography, Kiel University

  • 2019.01-03: visiting PhD fellow at Eawag Cirus, Dübendorf, Switzerland

  • 2015.09 Master of Human Geography, Zhejiang University, China "Regional Competitiveness based on 'Wheel Hub Model' and Empirical Analysis", supervised by: Prof. Pingbin Jin

  • 2012.09 Bachelor of Resources Environment and Management of Urban and Rural Planning, Quanzhou Normal University, China (with First Class Honor)


International academic activities (excluding conferences)

  • 02/2019: International Workshop: Innovation-Based Regional Restructuring and New Path Development: New Avenues for Research and Policy. University of Vienna, Austria (invited by Michaela Trippl)
  • 07/2018: Summer Institute in Economic Geography. Ghent, Belgium (selected by Jamie Peck, one out of four applicants were selected)

  • 03/2018: EU-SPRI Winter School on Geography of Innovation. Lund, Sweden (selected by Markus Grillitsch)

  • 08/2017: LSE Summer School on Research Methods (Qualitative Methods). London, UK.

  • 05/2016: Jena Lecture Series in Economic Geography 2016. Jena, Germany

  • 09/2015-11/2015: Swedish National PhD Course: Research Frontiers in Contemporary Economic Geography, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Lund, Sweden



  • 2019.09-present: Postdoctoral research fellow, Kiel University (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin mit Zielrichtung Habilitation)
  • 2015.09-2019.09: PhD candidate in Economic Geography, Kiel University


Selected Functions and Awards

  • RSA PhD Student Award 2019, Regional Studies Association
  • Since 08/2019: Early Career Publications Committee Representative, Regional Studies Association

Professional Review Activities

Reviewer for journals:

  • Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
  • Economic Geography
  • Environment and Planning A
  • Environment and Planning B
  • Environmental Innovation and Societal Transition
  • European Urban and Regional Studies
  • Geoforum
  • Habitat International
  • International Journal of Cultural Policy
  • Moravian Geographical Reports
  • Regional Studies
  • Technology Analysis & Strategic Management




  •  MNF-Geogr-33: Globalisierung und regionalwirtschaftliche Entwicklung, lecture (Bachelor course), Summer Semester 2020, Kiel University, Dept. of Geography

  • MNF-Geogr-33: Wirtschaftsgeographie Ostasiens, seminar (Bachelor course), Summer Semester 2020, Kiel University, Dept. of Geography

  • MNF-Geogr-105: Economic Geography and Sustainability, lecture (first-year Master course), Winter Semester 2019, Kiel University, Dept. of Geography

  • MNF-Geogr-105: Economic Geography and Sustainability, seminar (first-year Master course), Winter Semester 2019, Kiel University, Dept. of Geography

  • MNF-Geogr-38: Evolutionary Economic Geography, lecture (third-year Bachelor course), Summer Semester 2019, Kiel University, Dept. of Geography