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290165 VU Innovation based regional policy in the European context (2018S)

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Mittwoch 25.04.2018 von 18:00 bis 19:30 Uhr Exkursion nach Wr. Neustadt

Saturday 14.04. 11:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Saturday 21.04. 10:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 28.04. 10:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Saturday 05.05. 11:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 12.05. 11:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Saturday 26.05. 11:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will equip students with theoretical foundations in regional development through innovation policy within the context of European policy approaches (e.g. EU structural funds, Interreg, smart specialisation, LEADER), both in EU member states and in accession and neighborhood countries. At the same time, the course will give students the opportunity to apply and intensify the lessons learned through small methodological exercises and a group case study, thus equipping students with practical knowledge relevant for professional work in local and regional economic development, in development cooperation, in economic chambers or in consulting. This knowledge is particularly important given the growing relevance of EU regional policy. Furthermore, the course will give students practical and methodological skills in regional economic analysis and strategy design.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students' written contributions to the case study are the primary course achievements and will be graded (50%). The lecturer will give students guidelines on how to work on the case study. For the case study and for methodological exercises, materials to be used include notably literature and insights gained from empirical methods introduced by the lecturer. Further, students' participation in discussions and methodological exercises will be graded (20%). Participation includes presentations on defined subjects as well as on interim results of practical tasks (30%). To pass the course, students will be required to submit at least one contribution to each of the three assessment components.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements for participation include an interest in questions on local and regional development and economic geography. A significant part of literature used is available in English language only. The course will be held in German language. However, depending on a sufficient number of participants willing to work in English, one case study can be written in English.
Participants are required to be present during at least two thirds of the course sessions.

Examination topics

Students' performance in participation, presentation, methodological exercises and written case study contributions will be assessed in terms of critical reflection and application of lessons learned according to scientific standards. These lessons learned include notably theory on economic geography, empirical methods, academic writing and critical analysis of regional economic questions.

Reading list

Compulsory literature will be distributed along subjects and presentations during the course.

Optional literature:
Asheim, B.T., Boschma, R., Cooke, P. (2007): Constructing regional advantage: platform policies based on related variety and differentiated knowledge bases. In: Regional Studies 45 (7): 893-904.

Bathelt, H., Glückler, J. (2012): Wirtschaftsgeographie: Ökonomische Beziehungen in Räumlicher Perspektive. (Economic Geography: Economic Relations in a Spatial Perspective). 3rd edition. Stuttgart: UTB.

Benner, M. (2012): Cluster Policy: Principles and a Toolbox. SPACES online, Vol. 10, Issue 2012-01. Toronto and Heidelberg: SPACES Online, http://www.spaces-online.uni-hd.de/include/SPACES%202012-01%20Benner.pdf.

Benner, M. (2017): Culture in local and regional development: A Mediterranean perspective on the culture/economy nexus. MPRA Paper No. 77787, https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/77787/1/MPRA_paper_77787.pdf.

Benner, M., Bieringer, L., Knaupp, M., Wittemaier, J., Wruck, A. (2016): Towards a Smart Specialization Strategy for Haifa. MPRA Paper No. 73299, https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/73299/1/MPRA_paper_73299.pdf.

Benner, M., Buzin, J., Hoffmann, J., Taifour, A. (2017): Inclusive local development: A strategy for Heraklion, Greece . MPRA Paper No. 81323, https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/81323/1/MPRA_paper_81323.pdf.

Castells, M., Hall, P. (1994): Technopoles of the World: The making of 21st century industrial complexes. London, New York: Routledge.

European Commission, OECD (ed.) (2014): Policy Brief on Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities: Entrepreneurial Activities in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/Policy-brief-entrepreneurship-people-disabilities.pdf (15.08.2017).

Frenken, K., Van Oort, F., Verburg, T. (2010): Related variety, unrelated variety and regional economic growth. In: Regional Studies 41 (5): 685-697.

Fromhold-Eisebith, M., Eisebith, G. (2005): How to institutionalize innovative clusters? Comparing explicit top-down and implicit bottom-up approaches. In: Research Policy 34 (8): 1250-1268.

Glückler, J., Lenz, R. (2016): How institutions moderate the effectiveness of regional policy: A framework and research agenda. In: Investigaciones Regionales – Journal of Regional Research 36: 255-277.

Grabher, G. (1993): The weakness of strong ties: The lock-in of regional development in the Ruhr area. In: Grabher, G. (ed.): The Embedded Firm: On the Socioeconomics of Industrial Networks. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 255–277.

Halabisky, D. (2012): Entrepreneurial Activities in Europe - Youth Entrepreneurship. OECD Employment Policy Papers No. 1. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Lehmann, T., Benner, M. (2015): Cluster policy in the light of institutional context - A comparative study of transition countries. In: Administrative Sciences 5 (4): 188-212.

Martin, R., Trippl, M. (2017): The evolution of the ICT cluster in southern Sweden – regional innovation systems, knowledge bases and policy actions. In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 99 (3): 268-283.

OECD (ed.) (2015): Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

OECD (ed.) (2017): The Missing Entrepreneurs 2017: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Piacentini, M. (2013): Women entrepreneurs in the OECD: Key evidence and policy challenges. OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 147. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J. (2017): Local and Regional Development. 2nd edition. Abingdon, New York: Routledge.

Porter, M. (1990): The Competitive Advantage of Nations. New York: Free Press.

Rodríguez-Pose, A., Hardy

Association in the course directory

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