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Centre for Geographical Economic Research

Local Cluster Dynamics and Evolution

Clusters play a key role in economic growth and development, and are widely used as a policy tool. How do clusters develop and evolve over time? Why do some clusters lose growth momentum, while others seem more adaptable and capable of sustained development? These issues form the focus of work under this heading.

Publications and Papers

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2003) Deconstructing Clusters: Chaotic Concept or Policy Panacea? Journal of Economic Geography, 3, pp. 5-35.

Asheim, B., Cooke, P. and Martin, R.L. (Eds) (2006) Clusters and Regional Development, London: Routledge, 289 pp.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2011) Conceptualising Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life Cycle Model? Regional Studies (Special Issue on Cluster Evolution, Eds. R. Boschma and D. Fornahl), 45, pp. 1295-1318.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2012) Forms of Emergence and the Evolution of Economic Landscapes, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 82, pp. 338-351.

Brakman, S. Garretsen, H and Zhao, Z. (2014) Spatial concentration of manufacturing firms in China. CESifo Working Paper Series.