Working Group Economic Geography

Robert Hassink


  Professor of Economic Geography
Room 10, HRS9, ground floor
Phone +49 431 880-2951
Fax +49 431 880-5290
Address Geographisches Institut
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 9
24098 Kiel
Office hours


27-08-18, 15.00-16.30 (16.30-17.00 by phone)

20-09-18, 15.00-16.30 (16.30-17.00 by phone)

01-10-18, 15.00-16.30 (16.30-17.00 by phone)


Please find an overview of all publications on Google Scholar and on ResearchGate

  • GONG, H. & R. HASSINK (2018) Co-evolution in contemporary economic geography: towards a theoretical framework. Regional StudiesLink
  • FRÖHLICH, K. & R. HASSINK (2018) Regional resilience: a stretched concept? European Planning StudiesLink
  • HASSINK, R., H. GONG, P. MARQUES (2018) Moving Beyond Anglo-American Economic Geography. International Journal of Urban Sciences. Link
  • HASSINK, R. & Y-S. LEE (2018) Exploring international film festivals from a co-evolutionary perspective: The cases of Berlin and Busan compared. European Planning Studies Link
  • HASSINK, R., X. HU, D-H. SHIN, S. YAMAMURA, H. GONG (2018) The restructuring of old industrial areas in East Asia. Area Development and Policy Link
  • HASSINK, R. & H. GONG (2017)​ Sketching the Contours of an Integrative Paradigm of Economic Geography. Lund: CIRCLE, Papers in Innovation Studies, Paper no. 2017/12. Link
  • HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2017) Exploring adaptation and adaptability in uneven economic resilience: a tale of two Chinese mining regions. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Link 
  • GONG, H., R. HASSINK, G. MAUS (2017) What does Pokémon Go teach us about geography? Geographica Helvetica. Link
  • GONG, H. & R. HASSINK (2017) Exploring the clustering of creative industries. European Planning Studies. Link
  • FORNAHL, D. & R. HASSINK (eds.) (2017) The Life Cycle of Clusters: A Policy Perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Link
  • HASSINK, R. & D. FORNAHL (2017) Introduction: Towards a more open and dynamic approach on cluster policy. In: D. Fornahl and R. Hassink (eds.), The Life Cycle of Clusters: A Policy Perspective. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Link
  • HASSINK, R. & H. GONG (2017) New economic geography. In: Orum, A.M., M. Garcia, D. Judd, B. Roberts, P.C. Piew (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming).
  • GONG, H. & R. HASSINK (2017) Regional Resilience: the Critique Revisited. In: Williams, N. and T. Vorley (eds.), Creating Resilient Economies: Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development in Uncertain Times. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 206-216. Link
  • HASSINK, R. (2017): Cluster Decline and Political Lock-Ins. In: Belussi, F.,  Hervas-Oliver, J-L. (eds.), Unfolding Cluster Evolution. London: Routledge, 190-202.
  • HASSINK, R. (2017): Advancing the Understanding of Regional Economic Adaptability in a Non-Western Context: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Growth and Change. Link 
  • HASSINK, R. & GONG, H. & F. FALLER (2016): Can we learn anything from economic geography proper? Yes, we can! Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography #16.22, Utrecht University. Link
  • HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2016): Place Leadership with Chinese Characteristics? A Case Study of the Zaozhuang Coal-Mining Region in Transition. Regional Studies. Link
  • CALIGNANO, G. & R. HASSINK (2016): Increasing innovativeness of SMEs in peripheral areas through international networks? The case of Southern Italy. REGION Link
  • GONG, H. & R. HASSINK (2016):What drives the geographies of creative industries? From literature review to research agenda. Lund: CIRCLE, Papers in Innovation Studies no. 2016/9.  Link
  • HASSINK, R. & S. HENN (2016): Innovation Diffusion Networks. In: Wherry, F.F., J.B. Schor, and M.J.B. Schor (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society, SAGE Publications.  Link
  • HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2015): Overcoming the Dualism between Adaptation and Adaptability in Regional Economic Resilience. Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography # 15.33, Utrecht University. Link
  • HASSINK, R. & P. MARQUES (2015): The regional innovation paradox revisited. In: Hilpert, U. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Politics & Technology. Link
  • HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2015): Explaining differences in the adaptability of old industrial areas. In: Hilpert, U. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Politics & Technology. Link
  • HU, X. & R. HASSINK (2015) New Perspectives on the Restructuring of Old Industrial Areas in China: A Critical Review and Research Agenda. Chinese Geographical Science 25. Link
  • HASSINK, R. & M. MA (2015) Tourism Area Research and Economic Geography Theories: Investigating the Notions of Co-evolution and Regional Innovation Systems. In: Brouder, P. S. Anton-Clave, A. Gill, and D. Ioannides (eds.), Destination Dynamics: Tourism and Evolutionary Economic Geography, Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • FORNAHL, D., R. HASSINK, M-P. MENZEL (2015): Broadening our Understanding of Cluster Evolution. Guest Editorial. European Planning Studies. Link
  • 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 16(4): 580-597. Link
  • HASSINK, R., C. KLAERDING, P. MARQUES (2014): Advancing evolutionary economic geography by engaged pluralism. Link
    Regional Studies 48(7): 1295-1307.
  • 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
  • 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

Focus of Research

  • Theories and Paradigms of Economic Geography
  • Evolutionary Economic Geography
  • Industrial Restructuring and Regional Economic Development
  • Regional Innovation Policy

Qualifications & Employment


  • PhD degree in Economic Geography 1992, University of Utrecht (Netherlands), including research stays at university of Bochum, Germany (one year), Heidelberg, Germany (six months) and Durham, UK (six months). Thesis: Regional innovation policy: case-studies from the Ruhr area, Baden-Württemberg and the North East of England
  • Master's degree in Human Geography 1990, University of Utrecht (Netherlands). Dissertation: Innovatiebevordering in Baden-Württemberg (Innovations Policies in Baden-Württemberg)



  • since 04/2007: Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Kiel, Germany (Dept. of Geography)
  • since 06/2012: Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology (Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS)), Newcastle University, UK
  • 04/2007-03/2010: Adjunct Professor of Economic Geography at the Univerity of Oslo, Norway, Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography
  • 08/2005-03/2007: Professor of Economic Geography at the Univerity of Oslo, Norway, Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography
  • 04/2004-07/2005: Temporary Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Dept. of Geography
  • 06/2000-03/2004: Research Fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany, Dept. of Geography, Socio-Economics of Space
  • 10/1999-05/2000: Consultant at Technopolis B.V., Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 02/1998-09/1999: Visiting Research Fellow at the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Seoul, South Korea
  • 10/1994-01/1998: Research Fellow at the University of Dortmund, Germany, Faculty of Spatial Planning, Dept. of Spatial Planning in Europe
  • 03/1992-09/1994: Research Fellow at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), the Netherlands
  • 1990-1991: Research Assistant (AIO) at University of Utrecht, the Netherlands


Editorial Boards

  • Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (since March 2017)
  • Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift (since 2015)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science (since 2014)
  • Quaestiones Geographicae (since 2011)
  • Korea Journal of Economic Geography (since 2009)
  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (2004-2010)
  • European Planning Studies (since 1999)



  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (2010-2017)
  • Regional Studies (Critical Surveys Section) (2006-2011)

Professional Review Activities

Journal Referee for

Reviewer profile on publons: Link 

  • Area
  • Area Development and Policy
  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation
  • Asian Research Policy
  • Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
  • Cogent Social Sciences
  • Competitiveness Review
  • Die Erde
  • Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • Economic Geography
  • Energy Policy
  • Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
  • Environment and Planning A
  • Environment and Planning C
  • Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
  • European Journal of East Asian Studies
  • European Planning Studies
  • European Urban and Regional Studies
  • Geoforum
  • Geografiska Annaler, Series B
  • Geographica Helvetica 
  • Geographische Zeitschrift
  • Geography Compass
  • GeoJournal
  • Growth and Change
  • Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Industry and Innovation
  • International Development Planning Review
  • International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
  • International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development
  • International Journal of Technology and Globalisation
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • International Journal of Wine Business Research
  • Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft
  • Journal of Borderlands Studies
  • Journal of Economic Geography (winner of "Best Referee Award" in 2015)
  • Journal of Evolutionary Economics
  • Journal of Rural Studies
  • Journal of Travel Research
  • Korean Journal of Policy Studies
  • Local Environment
  • Managementforschung
  • Moravian Geographical Reports
  • Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift/Norwegian Journal of Geography
  • Papers in Regional Science
  • Planning Practice and Research
  • Planning Theory and Practice
  • Progress in Human Geography
  • Raumforschung und Raumordnung
  • RaumPlanung
  • Regional Science, Policy and Practice
  • Regional Studies (selected as "Best Referee" in 2002 and 2015)
  • Research Policy
  • Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies
  • Schmollers Jahrbuch, Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
  • Science and Public Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Southeastern Geographer
  • Space and Culture
  • Sustainability
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • The Professional Geographer
  • Tourism Geographies
  • Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG)
  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Policy and Research
  • Urban Studies
  • World Technopolis Review
  • Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie


Book Proposal Referee for

  • Spon Press (Taylor & Francis)
  • Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
  • SAGE Publications