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Latest Circle research presented at the 4th Geography of Innovation Conference in Barcelona 2018

A number of Circle researchers such as Jing XiaoLea Funfschilling, Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Helen Lawton SmithClaudio Fassio, Johan MiörnerMagnus Nilsson, Markus Grillitsch and Martin Andersson were recently presented by and presented their latest research at the 4th Geography of Innovation Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The main objective of this conference is to bring together some of the world’s leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines ranging from economic geography and regional science, economics and management science, sociology and network theory, and political and planning sciences.

These were some of the topics:

  • Paper by Helen Lawton Smith, Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Laurel Edmunds:
    “Understanding the role of the local in technological innovation systems: Research-based firms and regional development in Sweden and the UK”


  • Paper by Lea Fuenfschilling, Johan Miörner, Michaela Trippl:
    “Towards a process-oriented theoretical framework of industrial path development”


  • Paper by Martin Andersson, Davide Castellani, Jing Xiao:
    “Cities, Multinationals and Start-ups”
  • Paper by Davide Castellani, Claudio Fassio:
    “Export innovation the role of new imported inputs and multinationality”
  • Paper by Magnus Nilsson:
    “Proximity and the trust formation process”
  • Paper by Johan Miörner:
    “Institutional Agency in New Path Development: Towards Self-Driving Cars in West Sweden”


  • Paper by Bjørn Asheim, Michaela Trippl, Markus Grillitsch:
    “Unrelated knowledge combinations: Unexplored potential for regional industrial path development”
  • Paper by Markus Grillitsch, Markku Sotarauta:
    “Shaping regional growth paths”


 Stay tuned for coming publications!


Latest research presented at the American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting in Boston 2017

Several Circle researchers, Johan Miörner, Magnus Nilsson and Joakim Wernberg have recently presented their latest research and Björn Asheim also held the Regional Studies Annual Lecture at the American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting in Boston, USA. This conference features over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers.

These were the topics:

Magnus presented:
Paper by Markus Grillitsch and Magnus Nilsson 
Knowledge externalities and firm heterogeneity: Effects on high and low growth firms”

The paper analyzes differences in growth trajectories between strong and weak firms in core versus peripheral regions. 

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Johan presented:
Paper by Johan Miörner and Michaela Trippl
Path transformation through digitization: Self-driving cars in West Sweden”

The paper investigates path development activities targeting a wide range of, also non-technological, dimensions and how they promote incremental as well as more radical forms of change.

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Joakim presented:
His solo paper – by Joakim Wernberg
“Intracity Scaling Analysis and Micro-agglomerations”

The paper is investigating how internal city structure affects city-wide scaling; are there intracity scaling effects?

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Björn Asheim held the Regional Studies Annual Lecture 2017
“Meeting the Challenge of Social and Regional Inequality: How Coordinated Market Economies Link Innovation and Welfare”

Abstract: People in the contemporary Western world are suffering from two interconnected problems: a low rate of economic growth and a distribution of this more limited growth that is regionally and socially unequal. These problems are interconnected as they are rooted in the same political and ideological morass of the neo-liberalist regime of deregulation and liberalisation of the 1980s. Historically, innovation has been the most important source for increased productivity and value creation, and, thus, for making societies wealthier. When combined with the welfare policies of European coordinated market economies, this wealth has been fairly evenly distributed regionally and socially. Agents generating this growth have traditionally been Schumpeter’s Mark I entrepreneurs and his Mark II big corporations, often in close cooperation with national governments, which has characterised the Nordic countries. Today entrepreneurs create disruptive innovations, which only make themselves richer but not their host societies, and the big corporations are more and more focused on tax evasion, share buyback and other short-term activities, instead of investing their profits in innovation to secure future competitiveness. As a consequence, the underlying rate of innovation has slowed down, with lower productivity and value creation as a result.

What can a proactive innovation policy do to solve these problems, and what kinds of organisational and institutional innovations are needed to implement such a policy? How can policy not only solve the growth problem but the distributional problem as well? I shall argue that the answer is to be found in the coordinated market economies, where policies that shape innovation and welfare are strongly interlinked. The lecture aims at presenting such an agenda, inspired and informed by the innovation and welfare policies of the Nordic countries in general, and Sweden specifically.

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Open Call for Paper Abstracts for the EU-SPRI Annual Conference 2016 on ”Exploring New Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies”, organized by CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden on June 7-10, 2016

EUSPRIYou are most welcome to participate in the 2016 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum ( ”Exploring New Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies” organized by CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden on June 7-10, 2016. 2

The key objectives of the conference are to provide a forum for scholars interested and active in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis to exchange ideas and present findings across disciplinary boundaries as well as interaction between researchers and policy-makers/politicians. Participants from all countries and from any relevant disciplines are welcome to submit paper abstract proposals! Accepted proposals will be the basis for presentations at the conference. (Full papers are not to be submitted.) We expect about 150 – 200 participants

Submission deadline for paper abstracts: March 8, 2016

Conference website:

Call for paper abstracts (PDF download): Open Call for Paper Abstract Proposals EU-SPRI CIRCLE Conference 2016-FINAL

 Local Organizing Committee:

  • Charles Edquist, CIRCLE – Coordinator
  • Lars Coenen, CIRCLE
  • Johan Miörner, CIRCLE – Project secretary (
  • Josefina Moe, CIRCLE
  • Jerker Moodysson, CIRCLE
  • Lionel Sack, CIRCLE
  • Sam Tavassoli, CIRCLE
  • Michaela Trippl, CIRCLE
  • Elena Zukauskaite, CIRCLE

For queries: please e-mail

Networking event on “Gender, Entrepreneurship and Innovation”

CIRCLE and Birkbeck BEI School/TRIGGER are organising a networking event on “Gender, Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Exploring challenges and opportunities associated with university entrepreneurship and innovation from a gender perspective”. This event is designed to explore the various challenges and opportunities associated with university entrepreneurship and innovation from a gender perspective. The panel’s speakers will reflect on if and why changes are necessary, what changes have been introduced, the outcome of these changes, and what still needs to happen to improve gender equality.

Time: 30 november, 13:00 – 17:00
Place: AF-Borgen, nya festsalen, Sandgatan 2, Lund

Invited speakers represent entrepreneurs and inventors, as well as university management and policy makers. The diversity of speakers will ensure there are opportunities for learning for all.


  • Professor Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, CIRCLE, Lund University (Panel Chair)
  • Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London & TRIGGER Project Director
  • Professor Carin Holmquist, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Professor Per Eriksson, Lund University
  • Helena Ljusberg, Senior Business Developer, LU Innovation Support System
  • Dr Cristina Glad, former Executive Vice President, BioInvent International AB
  • Dr Linnéa Taylor, WINGS (Women IN Great Sciences), Lund University

Who should come: Anyone interested in enterprise policy, gender equality and supporting women’s entrepreneurship.

Book your place:…

Download invitation: Download Invitation (PDF)


2016 EU-SPRI General conference – Call for Proposals for Track Themes

You are most welcome to participate in the 2016 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum ”Exploring New Avenues for Innovation and Research Policies” organized by CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden on June 7-10, 2016.

The key objectives of the conference are to enable scholars interested and active in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis to exchange views and present findings across disciplinary boundaries as well as to interact with policy-makers and politicians. Participants from all countries and from any relevant discipline are welcome to submit proposals!

Innovation policy and research policy are understood here as actions by public and semi-public organizations that influence innovation and research respectively. Research policy has been practiced for many decades and innovation policy is gradually becoming established as an independent policy area. As more and more new initiatives are being undertaken in all parts of the world, new innovation policy instruments are being created and new public policy agencies are being established – at international, national, regional and local levels.

The Lund EU-SPRI Annual Conference 2016 welcomes both conceptual/theoretical and empirical contributions that provide scientific underpinnings for innovation and research policies. We welcome papers focusing on policies as the object of analysis as well as papers addressing the policy implications of other kinds of analyses.

The Call for Proposals for Track Themes (link) is open!

The Call for Paper Abstract Proposals will be published on the website on December 15, 2015.

Conference website:

Best regards,
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee,

Charles Edquist
Rausing Professor in Innovation Studies at CIRCLE, Lund University
Member of the Swedish National Innovation Council, chaired by the Prime MinisterEUSPRI

University rankings – to what use?

CIRCLE and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum arrange a joint seminar on the benefit of university rankings. The seminar will discuss:

  • What should a university ranking observe?
  • What criteria does it use?
  • Comparison of university rankings
  • What do university rankings mean for universities, scientists and students in practice?


Björn Asheim, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Ron Boschma, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Pontus Braunerhjelm, Managing Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor KTH
Charles Edquist, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Olof Ejermo, Associate Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Per Eriksson, Vice Chancelor, Lund University
Koen Frenken, Professor Utrecht University
Peter Honeth, Secretary of State, Department of Education
Anders Malmberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor Uppsala University
Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Director International Strategy, VINNOVA
Sven Stafström, General Director, The Swedish Research Council
Don Westerheijden, Senior Research Associate, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies

Date: September 1st, Monday, 2014,
Place: Room 206, Main University Building, Paradisgatan 2, Lund.

Everyone is welcome to join! Find more information on:

CIRCLE 10th Anniversary Seminar: Innovation as a Solution to Societal Challenges

Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, CIRCLE is hosting an open seminar ‘Innovation as a Solution to Societal Challenges’ on November 27, 2014 aiming to illustrate and discuss what innovation studies, as a research field, can add to our understanding of and ability to cope with societal challenges.

The seminar is organized around five panels: Past, Present and Future of CIRCLE; The Challenge of Recovering and Preventing Economic Crisis; The Challenge of Responding to the Increased Globalization of Economic Activities and Mobility of Talent; The Challenge of Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change; Policy Making for Overcoming Societal Challenges – How Can Innovation Studies Help?.

Confirmed panelists include CIRCLE researchers and external guests. Among them: Prof. Stan Metcalfe (University of Manchester), Prof. Maryann Feldman (University of North Carolina), Prof. Meric Gertler (University of Toronto), Prof. Simona Iammarino (London School of Economics), Prof. Keld Laursen (Copenhagen Business School), Prof. Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia). More information in the attached document. .

The seminar is free of charge and open to everyone who is interested. However, if you plan to participate in the event, we kindly ask you to register by the 13th of November, Thursday, via seminar website:

Download Invitation (PDF)