The following sessions will run at the conference:

OECD policy sessions

Regular sessions

  • Universities and the geography of innovation
  • The uneven geography of innovation
  • Innovation policy for regions and countries
  • Green and sustainable innovation
  • Mobility of workers, relatedness and the geography of innovation
  • Innovation and regional economic development
  • Responsible innovation, social innovation and inclusive growth
  • MNCs, Global Production Networks and knowledge spillovers
  • Urban agglomerations, externalities and innovation
  • Spatial dynamics of innovation networks
  • Geography of science
  • Globalisation of innovation and knowledge
  • Proximity and innovation
  • Social capital, institutions and innovation
  • Innovation in developing and emerging economies
  • Innovation in peripheral regions
  • The geography of innovation in the energy industry
  • Smart cities and smart regions
  • Clusters, industrial districts and regional innovation systems
  • Work-life, digitisation and automation
  • The geography of innovation in the circular economy

Accepted papers

All submissions of papers and extended abstracts to be presented in one of the conference parallell sessions have been peer-reviewed.

For regular sessions, papers and extended abstracts were reviewed by members of the scientific and/or organising committee. For special sessions, papers and extended abstracts were reviewed by the special session organisers.

The review results (acceptance/rejection) were sent individually to each submitting author between 21st and 23rd October 2019.

In order to maximise participation, the presentation of one paper per author has been the rule, with a small number of exceptions.

Please approach the organising committee at for more information or support.


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