Josephine Rekers

Senior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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


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. 

Recent research outputs

Linda Stihl & Josephine V. Rekers, 2021 Jun 16, In: Geoforum. 124, August 2021, p. 89-98 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Markus Grillitsch, Josephine V. Rekers & Markku Sotarauta, 2021, Handbook on City and Regional Leadership. Cheltenhamn: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 302-323 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Josephine V. Rekers, Markus Grillitsch & Markku Sotarauta, 2019 Nov 7.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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