Josephine Rekers

Josephine Rekers

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Josephine’s research on urban and regional development weaves together three strands of work: peripheries and second-tier cities, the role of agency in regional development, and innovation adoption and diffusion. Projects investigate these themes through in different empirical contexts, including the medtech sector and cultural and creative industries; Swedish non-core regions; interdisciplinary research environments and research infrastructures; and innovation in the Global South.


Teaching areas range from basic (Bach.) to advanced (Msc.) level economic geography (industrial geography, regional dynamics, institutional- evolutionary- and relational economic geography), in addition to coordinating the project-based Applied Research Methods and Research Design in Urban Planning. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • urban and regional development
  • second-tier cities
  • innovation diffusion
  • research infrastructure
  • agency
  • cultural industries
  • periphery


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