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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.

Research qualifications: Docent


Works at

Professor at Department of Geography Section: Geography Role: Assistant head of department
Affiliated as professor at Centre for Regional Science at Umeå University Role: Assistant director


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).


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 between jobs and regions, regional resilience and the geography of entreprenurship. 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 the social and economic effects of the giga-investments around green technologies in northern Sweden ("A promised land?"), but I also research how individuals, firms and regions adapt to chocks (for example, major plant closures and structural change). For a more detailed description of ongoing 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 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) 


Geoforum, Elsevier 2024, Vol. 148
Dzalbe, Sania; Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
Regional Science Policy & Practice, John Wiley & Sons 2023, Vol. 15, (7) : 1553-1576
Adjei, Evans Korang; Eriksson, Rikard; Lundberg, Johan
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2023, Vol. 16, (3) : 417-430
Elekes, Zoltán; Baranowska-Rataj, Anna; Eriksson, Rikard
Plan: tidskrift för planering av landsbygd och tätorter, Stockholm: Föreningen för samhällsplanering 2023, (2) : 30-35
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Lundberg, Johan; et al.
Progress in Human Geography, Sage Publications 2023, Vol. 47, (6) : 833-849
Hansen, Høgni Kalsø; Eriksson, Rikard
Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press 2023, Vol. 23, (2) : 371-395
Ilyés, Virág; Boza, István; Lőrincz, László; et al.
CERUM rapport, 78
Näsman, Mattias; Bergquist, Ann-Kristin; Björling, Nils; et al.
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 83
Baranowska-Rataj, Anna; Elekes, Zoltán; Eriksson, Rikard
Industry and Innovation, Routledge 2022, Vol. 29, (8) : 969-991
Danley, Therese; Eriksson, Rikard H.
PNAS Nexus, Oxford University Press 2022, Vol. 1, (5)
Di Clemente, Riccardo; Lengyel, Balázs; Andersson, Lars Fredrik; et al.
Regioner och regional utveckling i en föränderlig tid, Stockholm: Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi 2022 : 81-99
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
CERUM rapport, 74
Eriksson, Rikard; Lundberg, Johan; Rydgren, Tilda
Regional studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2022, Vol. 56, (7) : 1176-1189
Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Eriksson, Rikard; Rigby, David
International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2021, Vol. 48, (3) : 456-476
Adjei, Evans; Andersson, Lars Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
Family Business and Regional Development, Routledge 2021 : 83-102
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard
Papers in regional science (Print), John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 100, (6) : 1545-1569
Czaller, László; Eriksson, Rikard; Lengyel, Balázs
CERUM rapport, 68
Elekes, Zoltan; Eriksson, Rikard
Regional studies, Taylor & Francis 2021, Vol. 55, (5) : 936-950
Habersetzer, Antoine; Rataj, Marcin; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 14, (1) : 69-91
Henning, Martin; Eriksson, Rikard
The Rural Enterprise Economy, Taylor & Francis Group 2021 : 178-192
Rataj, Marcin; Eimermann, Marco; 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
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

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.