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To stimulate high quality papers the Scientific Committee of the Uddevalla Symposium 2016 designate the Best Paper with €1000 & the Best PhD Can­didate Paper with €700. The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden& the University West, Sweden.

The winners of the Best Paper Award 

The title of the paper
"Urbanisation, Human Capital, Education Levels and Uneven regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012"

Authors
Høgni Kalsø Hansen, Assoc. Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Geography Section, Copenhagen K., Denmark
Lars Winther, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Geography Section, Copenhagen K., Denmark.

Motivation
The paper "Urbanisation, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Uneven Regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012" by Høgni Kalsø Hansen and Lars Winther addresses a central issue of regional development, the role of human capital in economic growth, based on Danish evidence. The paper has clear a well-argued research questions based on a targeted review of literature. The quality of the paper in general is that the specific Danish findings provide insight into an important issue in the international debate. Due to the well-argued interpretation of the findings related to the international literature the paper contributes to our general understanding of the topic. The RQ's are clearly formulated and the findings are discussed accordingly in the conclusion. Among the many interesting results is that it is not enough to consider academic human capital alone.

Overall the paper "Urbanisation, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Uneven Regional Development in Denmark, 2002-2012", addresses a big and important issue - what influences and shapes the development of regions. The paper links economic development to three important factors -- the degree of urbanization, human capital and educational levels. The main hypotheses are subjected to empirical scrutiny using a comprehensive data base and state-of-the art econometric methods, enabling the authors to reach significant and compelling conclusions.

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award

The title of the paper
"Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales"

Author
Sabina Fredin, Lund University, CIRCLE, Lund, Sweden & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Dynamics, Karlskrona, Sweden.

Motivation
The paper "Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales" by Sabrina Fredin was given the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award. Over the years, several theoretical rationales have emerged forming the base of regional path dependence. Recently, this canonical path dependence literature has been criticized for the lack of human agency. In this paper it is discussed how the new path dependence literature challenges four theoretical key rationales of traditional regional path dependence.

It is a well-structured paper having a good conceptual discussion and interesting conclusions.

The Members of the Scientific Committee of the 18th Uddevalla Symposium 2015 selected and decided upon the winning papers. 

Updated by Rebecca Olsson