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Centre for Geographical Economic Research

Local and Regional Economic Resilience and Adaptability

The repeated severe recessions over the past forty years or so raise the key issue of how local and regional economies respond to and recover from such shocks: that is how resilient such economies are. This research strand is concerned with defining, measuring and explaining local and regional economic resilience and with how resilience relates to on-going and long-run economic adaptation

Work on this topic forms part of an ESRC funded Research Project on How Regions React to Recession: Resilience, Hysteresis and Long Run Impacts (Grant ES/1035811/1). There is a dedicated Team to this project and a Steering Group has also been set up.

Publications and Papers

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and Schramm, M. (2004) The Strategic Bombing of German Cities during WWII and its Impact on City Growth, Journal of Economic Geography, 4, pp. 201-218.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2006) Path Dependence and Regional Economic Evolution, Journal of Economic Geography, 6, pp. 395-438.

Bosker, M., Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and Schramm, M. (2007) Looking for Multiple Equilibria when Geography Matters, Journal of Urban Economics, 61, pp. 152-169.

Bosker, M., Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and Schramm, M. (2008) A Century of Shocks:  The Evolution of the German City Size Distribution, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 38, pp. 330-347.

Christopherson, S., Michie, J. and Tyler, P. (2010) Regional Resilience: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3, pp. 3-10.

Simmie, J. and Martin, R.L. (2010) Regional Economic Resilience: Towards an Evolutionary Approach, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3, pp. 29-51.

Martin, R. L. (2012) Regional Economic Resilience, Hysteresis and Recessionary Shocks, Journal of Economic Geography, 12, pp. 10-32.

Fingleton, B., Garretsen, 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. (2012) Regional Resilience and Economic Structure, Paper presented at the Regional Studies Association Conference, University of Delft, May 2012.

Beugelsdijk, S., Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and van Marrewijk, C. (2013) International Economics and Business, Nations and Firms in the Global Economy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, July 2013, 474 pp.

Derbyshire, J., Gardiner, B., and Waights, S. (2013) Estimating the Capital Stock for the NUTS2 Regions of the EU27, forthcoming in Applied Economics, 45, pp. 1133-1149.

Dikova, D., Garretsen, H., Smeets, R. and van Ees, H. (2013) "In the Long Run We're All Dead: Exploring MNE Affiliates Short-Term Responses to Financial Crises, International Business Review,. 22(1), pp-. 201-215

Bosker, M., Garretsen, H., Marlet, G and v Woerkens, C. (2014) Nether Lands: evidence on the price and perception of rare flood disasters. CEPR, Discussion paper, No. DP10307.

Martin, R.L. (2014) Path Dependence and the Spatial Economy:  A Key Concept in Retrospect and Prospect, Chapter 32, pp. 609-629 in Fischer, M.M. and Nijkamp, P. (eds) Handbook of Regional Science, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 1732 pp. Forthcoming.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P. (2014) 'On the Notion of Regional Economic Resilience: Conceptualisation and Explanation'. Journal of Economic Geography.

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H and v Marrewijk, C. (2015). Regional resilience across Europe: on urbanisation and the initial impact of the Great Recession, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. doi 10.1093/cjres/rsv005.

Fingleton, B., Garretsen, H and Martin, R.L. (2015) 'Shocking Aspects of Monetary Union: The Vulnerability of Regions in Euroland'. Submitted to Journal of Economic Geography for special issue on 'The Future of Europe'

Gardiner, B, Martin, R.L., Sunley, P. and Tyler, P. (forthcoming) Local long-run growth evolutions across Britain: some exploratory empirics.