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How Regions React to Recession: Resilience, Hysteresis and Long Run Impacts

ESRC Grant ES/1035811/1

The aim of the project is to determine how the regions and sub regions of the UK have differed in their response to and recovery from successive major economic recessions, and the extent to which these differences in response and recovery have affected long-run regional and sub-regional growth paths, and hence regional economic disparities. Ideas from evolutionary theory and evolutionary economics, including the notions of resilience and adaptation, will inform the work. The project is expected to produce new, original empirical findings and make a contribution to an evolutionary perspective on the economic landscape. It is also hoped that the project will contribute to the development of spatial policy particularly against the background of the changes in regional and local economic policy in England.

Read about the Steering Group and Team.

Academic Outputs from the Project

  • Martin, R.L. (2011) Regional Economic Resilience, Hysteresis and Recessionary Shocks, Journal of Economic Geography, 12, 1, pp. 1-32.
  • Fingleton, B., Garretsen, J.H. and Martin, R.L. (2012) Recessionary Shocks and Regional Employment: Evidence on the Resilience of the UK Regions Journal of Regional Science, 52, pp. 109-133.
  • Gardiner, B, Martin, R.L., Sunley, P.J. and Tyler, P (2013) Spatially Unbalanced Growth in the British Economy, Journal of Economic Geography, 13, pp. 889-928.
  • Martin, R.L. (2013) London's Economy: From Resurgence to Recession to Rebalancing, Ch. 6 in Tewdwr-Jones, M. and Phelps, N.A. (Eds) The Planning Imagination, London: Routledge, pp. 65-84.
  • Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P. (forthcoming) 'On the Notion of Regional Economic Resilience: Conceptualisation and Explanation'. Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Geography, 14.
  • Fingleton, B., Garretsen, H and Martin, R.L. (forthcoming) 'Shocking Aspects of Monetary Union: The Vulnerability of Regions in Euroland'. Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Geography, 14
  • Martin, R.L. How Regions React to Recession: Resistance, Recoverability and the Role of Economic Structure. Submitted to Regional Studies
  • Gardiner, B, Martin, R.L., Sunley, P. and Tyler, P. Local long-run growth evolutions across Britain: some exploratory empirics. Submitted to Environment and Planning A
  • Martin, R.L. and Lagravinese, R. Tale of Two Divides: Regional Growth and Resilience in Italy and the UK, in preparation for submission to European Urban and Regional Studies.
  • Martin, R.L. The Economic Geography of Resilience, in preparation, invited chapter in Clark, G.L. and Gertler, M. (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, (new edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Local Economic Growth: Recession, Resilience and Recovery Conference

This conference was held from Thursday 11th July to Friday 12th July 2013 at the McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College Cambridge.

Details of the event and presentations are now available.

Trends and cycles in region and city growth Workshop

This Workshop was held on Thursday 10th July 2014 at the Senior Combination Room, St Catharine's College, University of cambridge

Details of the event and slide presentations are now available

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