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Journal of Applied Economics

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Fostering Urban and Regional Innovation Dynamics

Manuscript deadline
16 May 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Dr. Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
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Dr. Agnieszka Gehringer, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
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Fostering Urban and Regional Innovation Dynamics

Understanding the multifaceted realm of regional innovation dynamics is crucial to deliver insights about sources of localized economic growth and competitiveness. Moreover, since regions differ significantly in terms of availability and access to resources, technological and non-technological capabilities as well as institutional settings, it is essential to comprehend their influences in order to eventually adapt the innovation strategies to the respective urban and regional strengths.

The collection will provide a thorough exploration of various aspects of innovation, its determinants, and the role played by institutions, leadership, technology, and sustainability within the regional innovation landscape.

The collection will consist of theoretical or empirical contributions. The articles should offer in-depth analyses, comparative studies, and critical discussions on the following key themes:

  • Drivers of knowledge spillovers within and between regions
  • Barriers to knowledge spillovers within and between regions
  • Innovation in peripheral regions
  • Comparative analysis of regional determinants of innovation
  • Clusters and innovation ecosystems
  • The spatial dynamics of innovation networks
  • Interplay between social, technological, and environmental innovation in regional innovation systems
  • Industry 4.0 in European regions: achievements, current developments, and prospects
  • Digitalization and sustainable development of regions
  • The role of regional leadership in shaping national innovation systems
  • The role of the EU in supporting regional innovation systems

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisor for this collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member). Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions  prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 15 May 2024.


  1. regional innovation systems
  2. knowledge spillovers
  3. determinants of innovation
  4. sustainable development of regions
  5. digitalization of regions

Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod is full professor at the Department of Economics of Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universitat de Barcelona and a PhD in economics from URV. He has been Visiting Fellow at University of Reading (UK). He has published several articles, books and book chapters about firm demography, industrial location and spatial economic issues.
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Agnieszka Gehringer is a professor of economics at TH Köln University of Applied Sciences and a senior research analyst at the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. She is also a lecturer at the University of Göttingen. She has published several articles in academic journals on innovation economics, productivity, international trade and finance.
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Dr. Arauzo-Carod and Dr. Gehringer do not have any Conflicts to disclose.

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Submission Instructions

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.