New series – “Coffee Break With Researchers” – latest scientific insights in minutes

Welcome to the new series “Coffee Break with Researchers” that will summarize new research in just a few minutes, most often around six minutes.Skärmavbild 2019-10-15 kl. 17.22.13.png

Latest coffee break is with one of our brilliant researchers Jing Xiao on “Industrial Diversification and The Role of Relatedness” (with R. Boschma and M. Andersson)

Markus Grillitsch, founder and director of the new initiative, has informed that he and colleagues have recently launched this online platform aiming at spreading scientific knowledge about regional development and innovation worldwide via online chats with researchers over a cup of coffee.

They have developed a YouTube channel to which you can subscribeAnd a website where you can also find the schedule of the upcoming Coffee Breaks. The first five Coffee Breaks with Researchers were with Björn Asheim, Cristina Chaminade, Margaret Cowell, Markku Sotarauta, and Franz Tödtling. They will publish a Coffee Break every week on Friday and the upcoming ones are with:

Danny MacKinnon on “Rethinking Path Creation” (with S. Dawley, A. Pike and A. Cumbers)
Rhiannon Pugh “Universities and economic development: ‘Triple helix’ policy”

Invitation: If you are interested in having a Coffee Break with them to give more visibility to your paper or send them comments to improve, please write an email to Markus or They aim at featuring diversity in terms of perspectives, gender, seniority, and geographic coverage.

See you at the Coffee break, what are you drinking?


PhD defence by John Källström on Mobility in Science

We are glad to announce that John Källström, PhD candidate at CIRCLE and at the Department of Economics  at Lund University, will defend his thesis with the Skärmavbild 2019-10-12 kl. 11.39.49.pngtitle Mobility in Science

Opponent: Professor John McHale, National University of Ireland Galway.
Date/Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 10.15 am
Place: EC3:211, Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum, Lund.

Abstract: The thesis consists of three independent chapters. The chapters are all empirical studies of scientists and the role that different types ofmobility play in shaping researchers’ scientific output and careers.

Skärmavbild 2019-10-07 kl. 08.30.00.pngChapter 1, uses the liberalization of Swedish work migration, in 2008, to study the effect of immigration on the publishing productivity of incumbent academics in Sweden. The reform led to a sharp increase in the number of Asian academic researchers and PhD-students coming to Sweden. Identification relies on both the suddenness of the supply shock and that departments with past exposure to Asian migration saw relatively larger inflows of Asian migrants. Results show that the supply shock increased the publication output of incumbent researchers. Positive effects are found to be mainly explained by increased publishing productivity of already prolific incumbent researchers. For less productive incumbents, evidence instead suggests crowding-out effects and reduced productivity.

Chapter 2, studies the effects of inter-university mobility on researcher productivity. The study suggests substantial gains from mobility on scientific output. Mobility effects are not explained by promotions taking place jointly with a move. Positive effects are found among individuals who move between universities and not for those who move to or from university colleges. Moreover, we find that the positive effect of moving only applies to researchers in medicine, natural sciences and engineering, and technology, with no effect of mobility found in the social sciences and the humanities.

Chapter 3, investigates the social background of PhD-graduates. Results suggest that parents’ characteristics are essential determinants for obtaining a PhD-level education. Of particular importance is if the parent also holds a PhD. This association is gender- and field-specific and is large in comparison to other sources of exposure to researcher careers in the childhood environment. Taken together, the results suggest that the family environment is crucial for obtaining a PhD-level education. Moreover, the study reveals that the existence of intergenerational spillovers also affects patenting and publishing behavior in a later research career.

Welcome to John’s PhD defence!

CIRCLE Kick-off 2019: We are growing – new structure with new Members and Affiliated Members

To start the new academic year, CIRCLE held the annual kick-off meeting with their new and old members. The meeting was covering news and information, revision of the research focus, the role of CIRCLE at Lund University for short and long terms and time to socialize, get to know the new members and catch up on the latest developments in each other’s work and life.


Deputy Director presenting the agenda: Magnus Nilsson, Associate professor at CIRCLE and the Department of Business Administration

The agenda was demanding and required many discussions as well as assignments and presentations by both senior and young researchers. One of the important topics discussed was the revision of the strategy and the future research focus of CIRCLE. Presentations covered current status of external communication and ongoing research, benchmarking to other international actors and providing suggestions for new directions for Circle.


Input from advisory board representative on the current state of affairs: Anna Bergek, Professor (chair) of Innovation Systems and Technology Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.


One of the future research strategy suggestions developed in a team and presented by Associate senior lecturer, Markus Grillitsch

Another important topic concerned the growth of CIRCLE and the new member structure which has been developed throughout the year and now is in place. CIRCLE members (21 researchers) and CIRCLE affiliated members (24 researchers) are the two categories for participation that come with benefits and commitments, approved based on the application. At the meeting CIRCLE could welcome seven new members which makes CIRCLE grow to 45 members in total.

You can find all names on our webpage :

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We are happy to welcome old and new members and wish to all an exciting start of the fall 2019!



CIRCLE Seminar with Jeffrey Orozco on Innovation and Sustainable Development in the tropics: the experience of Costa Rica

The title of the seminar: Innovation and Sustainable Development in the tropics: the experience of Costa Rica
Date: 5th of September 2019, Thursday at 12:00 – 13:00
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE seminar room, M213

orozcoAbout the speaker: Jeffrey Orozco is a full-time professor and general director at the International Center for Economic Policy for Sustainable Development –CINPE,  National University, Costa Rica. His topics of interest for research are at the intersection of innovation approaches with studies in international economics, sustainable development and inclusive growth. His research focuses on the contribution of innovation to sustainable development with inclusive criteria.

Practical: The brown-bag seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register, you can bring your own lunch. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell).
Claudio Fassio ( 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

P.S. Look out for more events in the Circle calendar



CIRCLE Seminar with Christian Binz, EAWAG & CIRCLE on Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-region versus new-to-the-world industries

The title of the seminar:Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-region versus new-to-the-world industries
Date: 22th of May 2019 at 12:15 – 13.15
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Abstract: Recently, increasing academic and political attention has focused on the initiation and development of new industries in regions. While the extant literature has contributed substantial insights into the knowledge-related determinants of new industry emergence, a range of significant questions remain unanswered, particularly concerning the institutional contexts in which new industrial paths develop. Based on the trajectories of two industries — the video games industry in Hamburg, and the potable water reuse industry in California, this article investigates the efforts taken by multiple actors in legitimizing and thereby embedding new industrial paths in regional institutional structures. We elaborate how industry legitimation dynamics differ between industries that are new-to-the-region (video games,) and industries that are new-to-the-world (potable water reuse,). Our framework contributes to the literature on industrial path development and regional diversification by characterizing the system building and legitimation strategies that appear effective for these two analytically distinct industry formation trajectories.

About the speaker: Christian Binz is a tenure-track group leader in the cluster Sustainable Transitions and Business Innovations (CIRUS) at the Department of Environmental Social Sciences at Eawag, and an Associate Post-Doctoral Researcher at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden. He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Bern in 2012. Christian is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2015) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has worked as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University (Sweden), UC Berkeley (USA), Tsinghua University (China) and Eawag.

His main research interests are centered on the potential for transformative innovation in the water and energy sectors. By combining recent insights from transition studies, economic geography and institutional sociology, he aims to explore how multi-scalar institutional arrangements hinder or support radical innovation in clean-tech industries and a broader sustainability transition in the water sector.

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell).
Claudio Fassio ( 

Very Welcome to the seminar!

P.S. Look out for more events in the Circle calendar



New Senior Lecturer position at CIRCLE in innovation studies – experimentally organized economy

Dear network,
we are happy to announce yet another vacancy! This time for Senior Lecturer in  innovation studies with specialization in the experimentally organized economy here at CIRCLE, Lund University.

Subject description
Sustainable economic development and growth is, to a significant extent, a matter of experimentation in order to develop new sources of value creation, i.e. innovation. Innovative and entrepreneurial experiments continuously lead to new combinations and mutations of business ideas, technologies and organizational solutions in the experimentally organized economy. An improved understanding of the functioning principles of an experimentally organised economy can contribute to better decision-making at the level of economic decision-makers as well as better policies strengthening the regulatory and institutional infrastructure. “Entrepreneurial experimentation” increases technological and market experimentation, as well as policy experimentation within the economic system. Without experimentation any system – technological and/or regional – will stagnate.

Contact: Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, professor, +46 (0)46 – 222 02 98

Start date: as soon as possible.
Deadline for application is June 2, 2019

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We are looking forward to have this new person onboard! 




New Strategic Knowledge Platform at CIRCLE: An experimentally organised economy

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The New Strategic Knowledge Platform on the Experimentally Organised Economy, that was generously granted by VINNOVA, just had its first quarter. In this first step, CIRCLE received a three-year grant to build up the Platform and its linked research programme. Several external collaborators are expected to join the platform in 2019. This is the third of CIRCLE’s new strategic knowledge platforms, and of great importance for the future research of our centre.

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This is what we are working on:

The Knowledge Platform on an Experimentally Organised Economy (EOE) will bring together research environments and policy makers in the field of entrepreneurial experimentation.  The purpose is to increase our understanding of to what extent and in what ways public and private action can contribute to a more effective and efficient entrepreneurial experimentation, and thereby a better performing experimentally organized economy.


  1. Become a hub for knowledge exchange between research and policy
  2. Foster policy understanding of EOE
  3. Create a research infrastructure

Effects and results
The platform will focus on three analytical levels:

  • how entrepreneurial experimentation contributes to long-term renewal in different kinds of systems, as well as on how this can be more effective. (the Experimental society).
  • the creation, selection and scaling-up processes of experimental ventures and organizations, as well as on how this can be more effective (the Experimental organizations).
  • the link between entrepreneurial experimentation and skills and labour mobility, as well as on how this can be more effective (the Experimental individual).

Planned implementation 

  • Establish a national and international network of excellence of scholars and policymakers in the field of experimentally organised economy
  • Find synergies in sharing data (eg. Swedish national data set, case based empirical data and joint data on Swedish and international policy initiatives related to EOE)
  • Design and implement a research programme based on original research projects in the field of entrepreneurial experimentation

More interesting things to come!