This event is cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The local organisers however is looking into the possibility to arrange the 23rd symposium  in June 2021 and updates will be provided in due course.

23rd Uddevalla Symsopium 2020
“The Geography of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship – Implications for Regional Growth and Development”
11-13 June 2020, Stenungsbaden Hotel & Conference, Stenungsund,Sweden


The 23rd Uddevalla Symposium 2020 is a joint event co-organised with European Regional Science Association (ERSA).











For this symposium, we welcome specifically papers:

  • that analyse the spatial preconditions for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and to what extent they
    coincide or differ and how they change over time,
  • that analyse theoretically and/or empirically the relationship between creativity, innovation and
    entrepreneurship and regional growth and development,
  • that analyse the specific role that large and dense urban regions play for creativity, innovation and
  • that analyse the need for policies to stimulate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and discusses the
    effective instruments including institutions,
  • that analyse how the tendencies of concentration of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to large and
    dense regions affects other types of regions,
    • that analyse clusters of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship inside/outside large and dense regions,
    • that analyse other critical relationships between creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and regional growth
    and development.
  • that analyse innovation and societal development from the perspective of work integrated learning.
  • that analyse the role of regional institutions and governance in boosting/hampering creative, entrepreneurial
    and innovative activity
  • that analyse regional entrepreneurship and innovation dynamics along the expansion/contraction phases of the
    economic cycle
  • that discuss meanings of creativity, innovations and entrepreneurship in relation to regional growth.
  • that critically analyses and discusses policies on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on regional, national
    and global level.

The Organiser welcomes the submission of papers to:

  1. The Geography of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship – Implications for Regional Growth and Development Or to one of the following special sessions:
  2. Special Session in the Honour of Professor Roger R. Stough
    Chairs: Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping university, Sweden,, Assoc. Prof. Haifeng Qian, The
    University of Iowa, USA, and Assoc. Prof. Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore, USA,
  3. Social Capital and Development Trends of Countryside in the Knowledge Society – The 2nd International Workshop
    Chair: Prof. Hans Westlund, The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Assoc. Prof.
    Kakuya Matsushima, Kyoto University, Japan,
  4. Work Integrated Learning in Theory and Practice: Theories, Methods and Applications
    Chairs: Prof. Lars Svensson,, Prof. Per Assmo, and Assoc. Prof. Fredrik
    Sunnemark, School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Sweden
  5. Time-geographical Analyses of Innovation, Knowledge and Regional growth: Theories, Methods and Applications.
    Chairs: Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden, and Prof. Per Assmo, University West,
    Trollhättan, Sweden,
  6. Digital Divides as Barriers for Regional Growth
    Chairs: Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden,, Ass. Prof. Karin Skill, Linköping
    University, Sweden,, Assist. Prof. Nicola Matteucci, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy, and Assist. Prof. Irene Bernhard, University West, Sweden,
  7. Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Creativity and Skills
    Chairs: Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and Prof.
    Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, University of Buffalo, USA
  8. The Aging Population: Individual, Organizational and Regional Opportunities and Challenges
    Chairs: Mikaela Backman, Jönköping international Business School, Sweden, & Johannes
    Hagen, Jönköping international Business School, Sweden.
  9. Perspectives on Mobility, Real Estate and Regional Development
    Chairs: Dr Helena Bohman, and Dr Désirée Nilsson, , Department
    of Urban Studies, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
  10. Economic and Technological Complexity as Drivers of Regional Development
    Chair: Prof. Tom Brökel, University of Stavanger, Norway,
  11. SME Business Transfers in Need of Creativity and Innovation
    Chair: Prof. Susanne Durst, University Wet, Sweden, and Assoc. Prof Ann Svensson (Co-chair),
    University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
  12. Sustainable Finance and Regional Development
    More information on the web
    Chair: Prof. Maher Asal, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden,

Following the tradition established by the previous Uddevalla symposia, starting in 1998, the 23rd symposium is designed to bring together leading-edge views of senior academic scholars and mix them with the critical and creative views of postdocs and PhD students engaged in their thesis work. We welcome researchers from various fields, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics, sociology and urban and regional planning. The objectives of the twenty-third Uddevalla Symposium 2020 are: i) to provide a unique opportunity for scholars including senior and junior researchers to discuss path-breaking concepts, ideas, frameworks and theories in plenary key-note sessions and parallel competitive paper sessions, and ii) to facilitate the development and synthesis of important contributions into cohesive and integrated collections for potential publication.
Therefore, unpublished complete papers are invited for presentation and feedback from other scholars.

Leading-edge contributions from previous symposia have appeared in so far eight special issues of prestigious journals with an additional one in the pipeline, and nineteen edited book volumes. Following the traditions, we are considering publishing either a special issue and/or a book volume consisting of a selection of papers presented at this symposium except for a Proceedings with revised papers. For a selected list of publications of previous symposia, please see

Submission information
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 28th, 2020  Extended deadline  February 5th, 2020
Abstract – maximum 500 words including:
Title of the abstract/paper, selected theme (choose from the list above numbered from I to XII.), keywords, Name(s) and academic title of the author(s), Affiliation(s), complete mail address(es), E-mail address(es) and corresponding author send by e-mail to:
Submit the abstract using the Word 2010 version of Microsoft. We suggest naming your file “PRESENTERS NAME_Uddevalla2012.docx” to avoid confusion between abstracts.
Results of the review process will be communicated to authors by approximately February 28th, 2020
Submission Deadline for Complete Papers accepted for presentation (in Word 2013 or earlier version): May 18th, 2020

Best paper awards
To stimulate high quality papers a Best Paper Award of € 1.000 as well as a Best PhD Candidate Paper Award of € 700 will be awarded. The members of the scientific committee will select the winning papers. Only papers submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Scientific Committee
Prof. Martin Andersson, Blekinge Institute of Technology & CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden,
Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Sweden,
Prof. David Audretsch, University of Indiana, Institute for Development Strategies, USA,
Dr. Irene Bernhard, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden,
Prof. Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK,
Prof. Alessandra Faggian, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy
Prof. Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina, USA,
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Chair, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden
Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK,
Prof. Mark Partridge, AED Economics, Ohio State University, USA,
Prof. Lars Svensson, LINA, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden,
Prof. André Torre, University Paris-Saclay, INRA, AgroParistech, France,
Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden, elin

Organisation Committee
Dr. Iréne Bernhard, Symposium, Chair, University West, Sweden,
Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden,
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden,
Ms. Rebecca Olsson, Symposium Assistant Coordinator, University West, Sweden,

Co-financers and sponsors
European Regional Science Association ERSA,
George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, Fairfax, VA, USA,
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden,
The Institute of Business Administration (Företagsekonomiska institutet), Stockholm, Sweden,
University West, LINA, Trollhättan, Sweden,
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Trollhättan, Sweden,

Further information about the 23rd Uddevalla symposium can be found at: The symposium website

See full annoucement on the call for papers here.

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