Working Group Economic Geography

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Latest Output

HASSINK, R. & P. MARQUES (2015): The regional innovation paradox revisited. In: Hilpert, U. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Politics & Technology (forthcoming). 


HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2015): Explaining differences in the adaptability of old industrial areas. In: Hilpert, U. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Politics & Technology (forthcoming). 


HASSINK, R. (2015): Advancing the Understanding of Regional Economic Adaptability in a Non-Western Context: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Growth and Change (forthcoming). 


HU, X. H (2015): From Coal-mining to Coal-chemicals? Unpacking New Path Creation in an Old Industrial Region of Transitional China. Growth and Change, (forthcoming). 


PLUM, O. & R. HASSINK (2014): Knowledge Bases, Innovativeness and Competitiveness in Creative Industries: The Case of Hamburg’s Video Game Developers. Regional Studies, Regional Science. Link


BERG, S-H. & R. HASSINK (2014): Creative industries from an evolutionary perspective: a critical literature review. Geography Compass 8 (9): 653-664. Link


MA, M. & R. HASSINK (2014): Path Dependence and Tourism Area Development: The Case of Guilin, China. Tourism Geographies (forthcoming). Link

HASSINK, R., C. KLAERDING, P. MARQUES (2014): Advancing evolutionary economic geography by engaged pluralism. Regional Studies, 48 (7): 1295-1307. Link


HASSINK, R., O. PLUM, A. RICKMERS (2014): On the Implications of Knowledge Bases for Regional Innovation Policies in Germany. Quaestiones Geographicae, 33 (4): 7-16. Link


HASSINK, R. & S-H. BERG (2014): Regional innovation support systems and technopoles. In: D.S. Oh and F.Y. Phillips (eds.) Technopolis: Best Practices for Science and Technology Cities. London: Springer, pp 43-65. Link

BERG, S-H. & R. HASSINK (2013): Creative industries from an evolutionary perspective: A critical literature review. Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 13/06. Link

JAKOB, D., P. MARQUES (2013): Rethinking Public Economic Geographies: The Politics of Relevancy. The Professional Geographer 66 (1): 25-31. Link

MA, M. & R. HASSINK (2013): An evolutionary perspective on tourism area development. Annals of Tourism Research 41: 89–109. Link

PLUM, O. & R. HASSINK (2013): Analysing the Knowledge Base Configuration That Drives Southwest Saxony's Automotive Firms. European Urban and Regional Studies 20 (2): 206-226. Link





Dr. Ma Mulan


PhD, Master of Geography Research Associate

employed between 2009-2013









WANG, Z. Y, HU, X. H. & MA, M. L. (2012):
The Theoretical Fundamentals of Evolutionary Economic Geography and its Application on Cluster Research. Human Geography (人文地理), Forthcoming. (in Chinese)


MA, M. L. & WANG, Y.M. (2008):

The Transformation Mode of the Tourism Productivization of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Journal of Guilin Institute of Tourism, 19(2), pp.282-287 (in Chinese).


MA, M. L & HE. L.H. (2007):

Analysis on the Dispute over Cultural Tourism Resources. Journal of Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, 26(4), pp.26-30 (in Chinese).


WANG, Y.M. & MA, M.L. (2007):

The Research on the Path of Transforming Intangible Cultural Heritage into Tourism Product. Tourism Science, 21(4), pp.31-35 (in Chinese).


HE, L. H. & MA, M. L. (2007):

Research on Performance of Government’s Leading Role in the Development Period of China’s Tourism. Economy and Management, 21(4), pp.92-95 (in Chinese).


ZHENG, L.& MA, M.L. (2007):

Suobuya Ordovician National Geological Park’s Tourism Resource Development. Journal of Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, 26(4),pp.64-66 (in Chinese).


Focus of Research




  • Evolutionary Economic Geography
  • Tourism Planning and Development
  • Tourism Area Life Cycle


PhD Thesis:

Tourism Area Development from an Evolutionary Economic Geography Perspective —The Case of Guilin, China.


Funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

Qualification & Employment




09/2001-06/ 2005 

BSc. in Urban and Rural Planning, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, P.R. China

Modules included: Urban & Rural Planning, Social &Human Geography, Resource Management.



MSc. degree in Human Geography, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Minor fields of study: Tourism develpoment and management

MSc. thesis: The Transformation Mode of the Tourism Productivization of Intangible Cultural Heritage





Graduate Summer School on Geography Frontier, Peking University, Beijing,China


09/2009 -09/2013    

Scholarship for PhD-students sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC)


Additional Qualifications



The Development & Distribution Planning of Advantageous Industries in Xixiangtang district, China



Tourism planning on the tourist areas of Tenglong Cave-Enshi Grand Canyon, China



Developmental Tendency of Industries and its Distribution Planning in Guiyang, China



The Function of Urban Tourism and Regional Interaction Response, China



The World Expo Shanghai 2010’s Economic Influence on Xuhui district, China


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Our research focus:


The dynamics of local and regional economic activities in a global production context through the eyes of entrepreneurs, companies and institutions



Our theoretical perspectives:


A relational perspective, because economic actors do not act in isolation. They are embedded in a social context and mutually affect each other.


An evolutionary perspective, because economic actors do not act without a history. Their behaviour and decisions are preconditioned by the past.


A global production

context perspective, because the behaviour and decisions of economic actors are increasingly affected by global competition and collaboration, which lead to local-global tensions.