Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Productivity-resilience nexus: What is the role of innovation?


 26-28 January 2022Milan, Italy | CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 19 September 2021)

OECD Spatial Productivity Lab and Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy) invite submissions to the special session “Productivity-Resilience Nexus: What is the Role of Innovation?” at the 6th Geography of Innovation Conference to be held at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) from 26th to 28th January 2022.

The 6th GEOINNO conference

The Geography of Innovation Conference provides a forum for discussion to scholars interested in scientific, policy and strategic issues concerning the spatial dimension of innovation activities. In line with the five previous editions of the conference, held in Saint Etienne (France) in 2012, Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2014, Toulouse (France) in 2016, in Barcelona (Spain) in 2018 and in Stavanger (Norway) in 2020, the main objective of this event is to bring together some of the world’s leading scholars from a variety of disciplines ranging from economic geography and regional science, to economics and management science, sociology and network theory, and political and planning sciences.

The Spatial Productivity Lab and Gran Sasso Science Institute special session

The ongoing pandemic has drawn acute attention of academics, but perhaps more so of policy makers, to the issue of resilience. While markets are designed and function to maximise efficiency, the current emergency shows that in some circumstances efficiency might come at the cost of lower resilience. Innovation plays an important role in boosting both productivity and resilience but can also have a “dark side” of undermining resilience through direct and indirect channels.
A thorough spatial examination of the productivity-resilience link and the role of innovation in both synergies and trade-offs between the two is needed to factor in resilience in the academic and policy discourse about productivity and innovation.
The proposed session aims to attract policy-oriented research that can inform regional policies in OECD countries and beyond. We invite high-quality quantitative and qualitative submissions that address the following (and related) questions:

  • What can innovation (policy) do to enhance both productivity and resilience? What are the synergies and what are the trade-offs?
  • What is the link between productivity and resilience in various regional, sectoral and governance contexts? What role does innovation play?
  • What are the mechanisms that link regional productivity and resilience through innovation (e.g. local networks, concentration of activity & exposure, specialisation of regions within value chains, etc.)?
  • Is there a “dark side” of innovation when it comes to productivity and resilience?

We aim to bring together scholars interested in the above topics, whether engaged in theoretical, empirical or methodological research. Both full papers and extended abstracts (around 2-3 pages) can be submitted. 




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Call for papers

Please submit your paper via GEOINNO website by September 19, 2021 and choose the sepecial session "Productivity-resilience nexus: What is the role of innovation?". 

If you would like to discuss your contribution and session participation, please email [email protected]


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