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Abstract submission deadline: 28th of January, 2019 -> EXTENDED DEADLINE February 4th, 2019. 

Printable Call for Papers:

CallForPapers 22st Uddevalla Symposium 2019


June 27 - 29, 2019


Grand Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L'Aquila, Italy

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Martin Andersson, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Karlskrona, Sweden
Prof. Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Assoc. Prof. Simone Ghezzi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Prof. Maureen McKelvey, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Maria Minniti, Syracuse University, USA
Prof. Raquel Ortega-Argilés, University of Birmingham, UK
Prof. Simon C. Parker, Western University, Canada
Prof. Olav Sorenson, Yale University, USA
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sternberg, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany
Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden
Assoc. Prof. Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore, USA


It is well-known that development is uneven across regions. While some cast regional inequality as a natural and even a desirable outcome of the development path of nations, the current academic and political consensus calls for policy interventions targeted towards a more balanced, inclusive and regionally-cohesive growth. Yet, despite decades of sizeable policy efforts, there is no clear evidence of economic and social convergence across regions within countries. Rather the picture is patchy with some evidence of convergence in some circumstances within the EU, USA and parts of Latin America, while in other cases macroeconomic factors have militated against convergence, even in these same macro-regions. In times of costly fiscal adjustment and slow economic recovery, such regional disparities bring social and political discontent, particularly in declining, lagging and peripheral regions, and these issues are now coming very much to the forefront of the development policy agenda worldwide. Entrepreneurship and innovation are proven to be strong drivers of regional economic development, and therefore they offer a source of potential solutions to the challenges imposed by an adverse international context. Yet, both entrepreneurial and innovative activity are themselves highly unevenly-distributed in space, which might in itself be a main cause of the persistent regional inequalities in both developed and developing countries. A deeper understanding of the drivers and the implications of sub-national disparities in entrepreneurship and innovation is therefore a priority for implementing policies aimed at unlocking the potential of all regions, and especially of those rural, lagging and peripheral, in order to maximize their contribution to national growth and prosperity. The theme of the 22nd Uddevalla Symposium aims at showcasing new insights into the geography of entrepreneurship and innovation. Although non-exhaustive, some of the most pressing questions that could be addressed are:

- New approaches to the measurement of regional entrepreneurial and innovative
- The spatial distribution, drivers and dynamics of different types of entrepreneurship
   (e.g. high /low-potential; necessity/opportunity-driven).
- The role of agglomeration externalities in small and new firms’ performance.
- Urban-rural linkages as drivers of entrepreneurial and innovative activity in
   peripheral regions.
- The role of regional institutions and governance in boosting/hampering
   entrepreneurial and innovative activity.
- Regional entrepreneurship and innovation dynamics along the expansion/
   contraction phases of the economic cycle.
- Entrepreneurship as a risk-coping and regional resilience mechanism: theoretical
   and practical approaches.
- Synergies and complementarities between entrepreneurship and innovation support
   initiatives within regional development policies
- The role of entrepreneurship as a tool for regional poverty reduction and the
   overcoming of regional marginality and job polarization (including issues relating to
   income inequality, work and life satisfaction balance, etc.).
- Entrepreneurship and innovation as drivers of intra and inter-regional
- Challenges for realizing the innovative and entrepreneurial potential of immigrants
   and returning migrants.
- The link between innovative experiences and development effects of local
   entrepreneurship in peripheral areas.
- Regional factors of gender inequality in entrepreneurship: drivers, causal relations
   and effects.
- Social entrepreneurship: non-profit entrepreneurial efforts aimed at finding new and
   better ways to create and sustain social value in regional development.
- Family enterprises: conditions hindering or promoting the emergence of kinship-
   based enterprises in local contexts, and linkages with innovation efforts
- The entrepreneurship ‘literacy’: assessing the relevance of educational programs,
   startup incubators, and entrepreneurial knowledge in shrinking regions and emerging
- The digital divide as a source of core-periphery differences in entrepreneurial and
   innovative activity. 
- Regional culture, social capital and local networks as key components of the local
   entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem.

Theme and Special Sessions

This year, additional to the main theme

Unlocking the Potential of Regions Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation

we have 7 special sessions. Full list of theme and special sessions.


Following the tradition established by the previous Uddevalla symposia, starting in 1998, the 22nd symposium is designed to bring together leading-edge views of senior academic scholars and mix them with the critical and creative views of post-docs 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-second Uddevalla Symposium 2019 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 Our publications

Submission information

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 28th 2019  -> EXTENDED DEADLINE February 4th, 2019. 

Other Key Dates

The organisation of the symposium

The 22nd Uddevalla Symposium 2019 will have the following structure:

Keynote sessions: Mornings up to lunch are set aside for 3-4 plenary keynote contributions of prominent scholars.

Parallel paper sessions: Afternoons are devoted to parallel sessions focusing on the development of emergent concepts, frameworks, and theories for better understanding of the themes of the symposium and the new challenges they pose for scholars and practitioners.

About the event

Best Paper Awards

To stimulate high quality papers the Scientific Committee of the Uddevalla Symposium 2019 designate the Best Paper with €1000 and the Best PhD Can­didate Paper with €700. The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden.

All Best Paper Award Winners 

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee members 

Organisation Committee

Organisation Committee members

Co-Financers and sponsors

George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, Fairfax, VA, USA
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden 
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Trollhättan, Sweden 
University West, LINA, Trollhättan, Sweden 
The Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy
The Institute of Business Administration (Företagsekonomiska institutet), Stockholm, Sweden 

Updated by Rebecca Olsson