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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
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, 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, European Urban and Regional Studies, European Planning Studies.

 

Scientific awards and honours

  • 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) 

 

2019
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Group 2019, Vol. 31, (5-6) : 357-377
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban; et al.
2019
CERUM rapport, 48
Adjei Korang, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard
2019
Comparative Migration Studies, Vol. 7, (39) : 1-19
Andersson, Lars Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; Scocco, Sandro
2019
Economic Geography, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 95, (1) : 65-89
Eriksson, Rikard; Lengyel, Balazs
2019
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Routledge 2019, Vol. 31, (9-10) : 735-754
Eriksson, Rikard; Rataj, Marcin
2019
CERUM rapport, 54
Korang Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
2019
European Planning Studies
Rehak, Stefan; Eriksson, Rikard
2018
Small Business Economics
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Danley, Therese; Eriksson, Rikard; et al.
2018
Ekonomisk Debatt, Nationalekonomiska föreningen 2018, Vol. 46, (8) : 52-63
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
2018
Regional studies, Routledge 2018, Vol. 52, (9) : 1306-1307
Eriksson, Rikard
2018
Environment and planning A, Vol. 50, (5) : 1071-1091
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Henning, Martin
2018
Regional studies, Routledge 2018, Vol. 52, (6) : 768-780
Hane-Weijman, Emelie; Eriksson, Rikard H.; Henning, Martin
2018
Papers in regional science (Print), Wiley-Blackwell 2018, Vol. 97, (3) : 501-518
Östbring, Lisa; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2017
Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets årsbok, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundet 2017 : 99-113
Eriksson, Rikard
2017
European Urban and Regional Studies, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 24, (1) : 87-103
Eriksson, Rikard; Hane-Weijman, Emelie
2017
European Planning Studies, Vol. 25, (10) : 1756-1778
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Högni; Winther, Lars
2017
Geoforum, Oxford: Pergamon Press 2017, Vol. 83 : 39-49
Eriksson, Rikard; Rodriguez-Posé, Andrés
2017
Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 17 : 635-660
Lengyel, Balazs; Eriksson, Rikard
2017
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.
2017
Industry and Innovation, Routledge 2017, Vol. 24, (8) : 775-794
Östbring, Lisa; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2016
Regional Studies, Regional Science, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, Vol. 3, (1) : 303-319
Adjei, Evans; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2016
Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 64, (3) : 278-296
Andersson, Lars-Fredrik; Bergquist, Ann-Kristin; Eriksson, Rikard
2016
Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press 2016, Vol. 16, (3) : 637-665
Borggren, Jonathan; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2016
Geoforum, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 75 : 87-98
Eriksson, Rikard; Henning, Martin; Otto, Anne
2014
Urban Studies Research, Hindawi Publishing Corporation 2014, Vol. 2014
Borggren, Jonathan; Eriksson, Rikard H
2014
Regional studies, Vol. 48, (10) : 1669-1690
Boschma, Ron; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2014
Provins, Umeå: Norrländska litteratursällskapet 2014, Vol. 33, (1) : 37-39
Eriksson, Madeleine; Eriksson, Rikard
2014
European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis 2014, Vol. 22, (12) : 2584-2604
Eriksson, Rikard; Forslund, Fredrik
2014
Regional studies, Regional Studies Association 2014, Vol. 8, (6) : 1135-1155
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Høgni Kalsø; Lindgren, Urban
2014
Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography, 14.15
Eriksson, Rikard; Henning, Martin; Otto, Anne
2013
Tourism Geographies, Routledge 2013, Vol. 15, (1) : 125-144
Brouder, Patrick; Eriksson, Rikard
2013
Annals of Tourism Research, Elsevier 2013, Vol. 43 : 370-389
Brouder, Patrick; Eriksson, Rikard
2013
Environment and planning A, Vol. 45, (3) : 593-613
Eriksson, Rikard; Hansen, Høgni Kalsø
2011
Economic Geography, Worcester: Clark University 2011, Vol. 87, (2) : 127-152
Eriksson, Rikard
2011
Västerbottens-Kuriren
Eriksson, Rikard
2011
Geografiska Notiser, Lund: Geografilärarnas riksförening 2011, Vol. 69, (2) : 87-93
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2011
3rd Global Conference on Economic Geography - Space, Economy and Environment, Seoul, Korea, June 28-July 2, 2011
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2009
Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press 2009, Vol. 9, (2) : 169-190
Boschma, Ron; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2009
Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press 2009, Vol. 9, (1) : 33-53
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2008
Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography, 08.09
Boschma, Ron; Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban
2008
Environment and planning A, Pion 2008, Vol. 40 : 2419-2434
Eriksson, Rikard; Lindgren, Urban; Malmberg, Gunnar
2004
Arbetsrapporter (R:), 2004:016
Holm, Einar; Lindgren, Urban; Eriksson, Madeleine; et al.

Research projects

1 January 2017 until 31 December 2019
1 January 2014 until 31 December 2016

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.