Working Group Economic Geography

Robert Hassink


  Professor of Economic Geography
Room 02.008, second floor
Phone +49 431 880-2951
Fax +49 431 880-5290
Address Geographisches Institut
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Ludwig-Meyn-Straße 8
24118 Kiel
Office hours

Please make an appointment via this calendar .

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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, Utrecht University (Netherlands), including research stays at universities 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 (Innovation Policy in Baden-Württemberg)



  • since 11/2014: W3 Professor of Economic Geography at Kiel University, 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
  • 04/2007-10/2014: W2 Professor of Economic Geography at Kiel University, Germany (Dept. of Geography)
  • 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: Post-Doctoral Research Associate 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 Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Seoul, South Korea
  • 10/1994-01/1998: Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Dortmund, Germany, Faculty of Spatial Planning, Dept. of Spatial Planning in Europe
  • 03/1992-09/1994: Research Associate at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), the Netherlands
  • 1990-1991: Research Assistant at Utrecht University, 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)
  • Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie (since 2021)



  • 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 

  • Applied Geography
  • Area
  • Area Development and Policy
  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation
  • Asian Research Policy
  • Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
  • Cities
  • City, Culture and Society
  • Cogent Social Sciences
  • Competitiveness Review
  • Critical perspectives on international business
  • Dialogues in Human Geography
  • Die Erde
  • Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • Economic Geography
  • Energy Policy
  • Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
  • Environment and Planning A
  • Environment and Planning C
  • European Journal of East Asian Studies
  • European Planning Studies
  • European Urban and Regional Studies
  • Fennia
  • Geoforum
  • Geografiska Annaler, Series B
  • Geographica Helvetica 
  • Geographical Review
  • 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 Hospitality Management
  • International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development
  • International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
  • International Journal of Technology and Globalisation
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • International Journal of Wine Business Research
  • International Regional Science Review
  • International Review of Administrative Sciences
  • Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft
  • Journal of Baltic Studies
  • Journal of Borderlands Studies
  • Journal of Economic Geography (winner of "Best Referee Award" in 2015)
  • Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
  • Journal of Evolutionary Economics
  • Journal of Regional Science
  • Journal of Rural Studies
  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • 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
  • Resources
  • Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies
  • Schmollers Jahrbuch, Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
  • Science and Public Policy
  • Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
  • Social Sciences
  • Southeastern Geographer
  • Space and Culture
  • Structural Change and Economic Dynamics
  • Sustainability
  • Technological Forecasting & Social Change
  • Technology in Society
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Territory, Politics, Governance
  • The Annals of Regional Science
  • The Professional Geographer
  • Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 
  • Tourism Geographies
  • 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
  • The MIT Press
  • Edward Elgar