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Rikard Eriksson

Professor of Economic Geography with special interest in employment, structural change and regional development. Associate head of department (Geography) and co-director at CERUM.

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Affiliation
Professor at Department of Geography Units: Geography Role: Deputy head of department
Location
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 2 Samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, 90187 Umeå
Affiliation
Location
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 5 Samhällsvetarhuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Presentation

I obtained my PhD (economic geography) in 2010 on the thesis "Labour mobility and plant performance: The influence of proximity, relatedness and agglomeration". In 2012 I became senior lecturer in Human geography and associate professor in 2014. In 2016 I became full professor of economic geography. I am currently Associate head of department (Geography) and also serves as research co-ordinator at CERUM (Center for regional science).

Research

My research interests include evolutionary notions of regional economic transformation, regional development, agglomeration economies and the evolving geography of work and employment. I have written theoretically informed empirical articles on the role of labour mobility in agglomerations, the role of knowledge flows for firm performance, and on the significance for firms and regions to match new skills with existing competences in different parts of the space economy. I have also contributed with critical appraisals of recent amenity driven approaches to regional and urban development and its relevance in various spatial contexts.

Currently, my research focus is mainly on how the agglomeration and composition of skills and industries shapes labour market matching and the evolution of job creation and destruction in different parts of the Swedish economy. This work is part of two different projects aiming to gain further knowledge on processes influencing the access to jobs and how individuals, firms and regions adapt to chocks (for example, major plant closures and structural change). I am also developing large-scale social networks to unravel the micro-mechansisms of industry agglomerations. For a more detailed description of current research projects, see "Research projects".

I am editor for Geografiska Annaler B and serves as member in the editorial board of Geography Compass (Economic geography section)

I am a frequent reviewer on topics such as agglomeration economies, regional development, knowledge flows and plant performance for journals like Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, Progress in Human Geography, European Urban and Regional Studies, European Planning Studies.

 

Scientific awards and honours

  • 2020. Recipient of Nordea´s scientific prize for outstanding contributions to social sciences, law or computer sciences. 
  • 2017. Best paper award in Regional Studies, Regional Science during 2016 (with Evans Korang Adjei and Urban Lindgren). Read abstract here
  • 2016. Kungliga Skytteanska Samfundets prize to a young outstanding scholar in social science at Umeå University 
  • 2013. One of five top cited papers in Journal of Economic Geography during 2011 "How does labour mobility affect the performance of plants?" (Co-written with Ron Boschma & Urban Lindgren). Read abstract here
  • 2010. Winner of the Regional Studies Association's 'Early Career Award' for the paper "Localized Spillovers and Knowlegde Flows: How Does Proximity Influence the Performance of Plants?" Read abstract of published paper here
  • 2009. Selected as one of eight 'Editors' key 2009 articles' in Journal of Economic Geography for the article "Localized Mobility Clusters: Impacts of Labour Market Externalities on Firm Performance" (co-written with Urban Lindgren). Read abstract here
  • 2009. Awarded second best paper at the DRUID-DIME Academy Winter PhD Conference in competition with 50 other PhD-students for the paper "Localised Spillovers or Knowledge Flows? A study on the effect of proximity and labour mobility on plant performance"
  • 2008. Nominated for the 'DRUID best paper award' at The 25th DRUID Celebration Conference 2008 on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the paper "Labour mobility, related variety and the performance of plants: a Swedish study". (co-written with Ron Boschma and Urban Lindgren) 

 

International Journal of Social Economics
Adjei, Evans; Andersson, Lars Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
Family Business and Regional Development, Routledge 2021 : 83-102
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard
CERUM rapport, 68
Elekes, Zoltan; Eriksson, Rikard
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 14, (1) : 69-91
Henning, Martin; Eriksson, Rikard
Small Business Economics, Springer 2020, Vol. 54, (2) : 589-604
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Danley, Therese; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
CERUM rapport, 65
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
Tillväxtanalys, PM 2020:05
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Henning, Martin
Regional studies
Habersetzer, Antoine; Rataj, Marcin; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
Applied Network Science, Springer 2020, Vol. 5
Lőrincz, László; Chihaya Da Silva, Guilherme Kenjy; Hannák, Anikó; et al.
European Planning Studies, Routledge 2020, Vol. 28, (10) : 1941-1959
Rehak, Stefan; Eriksson, Rikard
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Group 2019, Vol. 31, (5-6) : 357-377
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban; et al.
CERUM rapport, 48
Adjei Korang, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard
Comparative Migration Studies, Vol. 7, (39) : 1-19
Andersson, Lars Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; Scocco, Sandro
CERUM rapport, 55
Eklund, John; Eriksson, Rikard; Lundberg, Johan
Economic Geography, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 95, (1) : 65-89
Eriksson, Rikard; Lengyel, Balazs
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Routledge 2019, Vol. 31, (9-10) : 735-754
Eriksson, Rikard; Rataj, Marcin
CERUM rapport, 54
Korang Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
Ekonomisk Debatt, Nationalekonomiska föreningen 2018, Vol. 46, (8) : 52-63
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
Regional studies, Routledge 2018, Vol. 52, (9) : 1306-1307
Eriksson, Rikard
Environment and planning A, Vol. 50, (5) : 1071-1091
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Henning, Martin
Regional studies, Routledge 2018, Vol. 52, (6) : 768-780
Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Eriksson, Rikard H.; Henning, Martin
Papers in regional science (Print), Wiley-Blackwell 2018, Vol. 97, (3) : 501-518
Östbring, Lisa; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets årsbok, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundet 2017 : 99-113
Eriksson, Rikard
European Urban and Regional Studies, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 24, (1) : 87-103
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
European Planning Studies, Vol. 25, (10) : 1756-1778
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Högni; Winther, Lars
Geoforum, Oxford: Pergamon Press 2017, Vol. 83 : 39-49
Eriksson, Rikard; Rodriguez-Posé, Andrés
Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 17 : 635-660
Lengyel, Balazs; Eriksson, Rikard
Globalisation and change in forest ownership and forest use: natural resource management in transition, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2017 : 139-181
Lindgren, Urban; Borggren, Jonathan; Karlsson, Svante; et al.
Industry and Innovation, Routledge 2017, Vol. 24, (8) : 775-794
Östbring, Lisa; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
Regional Studies, Regional Science, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, Vol. 3, (1) : 303-319
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 64, (3) : 278-296
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Bergquist, Ann-Kristin; Eriksson, Rikard
Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press 2016, Vol. 16, (3) : 637-665
Borggren, Jonathan; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
Geoforum, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 75 : 87-98
Eriksson, Rikard; Henning, Martin; Otto, Anne
Urban Studies Research, Hindawi Publishing Corporation 2014, Vol. 2014
Borggren, Jonathan; Eriksson, Rikard H
Regional studies, Vol. 48, (10) : 1669-1690
Boschma, Ron; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
Provins, Umeå: Norrländska litteratursällskapet 2014, Vol. 33, (1) : 37-39
Eriksson, Madeleine; Eriksson, Rikard
European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis 2014, Vol. 22, (12) : 2584-2604
Eriksson, Rikard; Forslund, Fredrik
Regional studies, Regional Studies Association 2014, Vol. 8, (6) : 1135-1155
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Høgni Kalsø; Lindgren, Urban
Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography, 14.15
Eriksson, Rikard; Henning, Martin; Otto, Anne
Tourism Geographies, Routledge 2013, Vol. 15, (1) : 125-144
Brouder, Patrick; Eriksson, Rikard
Annals of Tourism Research, Elsevier 2013, Vol. 43 : 370-389
Brouder, Patrick; Eriksson, Rikard
Environment and planning A, Vol. 45, (3) : 593-613
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Høgni Kalsø
Economic Geography, Worcester: Clark University 2011, Vol. 87, (2) : 127-152
Eriksson, Rikard
Västerbottens-Kuriren
Eriksson, Rikard
Geografiska Notiser, Lund: Geografilärarnas riksförening 2011, Vol. 69, (2) : 87-93
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
3rd Global Conference on Economic Geography - Space, Economy and Environment, Seoul, Korea, June 28-July 2, 2011
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban

Most of my teaching concerns courses in economic geography at both undergraduate and master level as well as quantitative methods at advanced level. I am also involved in supervising both PhD-candidates as well as master and bachelor theses.