The Inherent Complexity of Agglomeration: Essays on the self-organization of urban economies

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)


This doctoral thesis combines complexity science and economic geography in order to explore bottom-up, self-organizing principles within urban economies, in particular in relation to the flow of information and knowledge between people. The thesis consists of a kappa that covers the general theoretical framework and four papers. The papers cover urban scaling and intra-urban scaling analysis, local interactions and informational spillovers , collective information processing, productivity benefits related to city size, diversity and specialization externalities, social capital and urban interactions.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences
  • Economic Geography


  • Complex adaptive system (CAS), Complexity, Self-organization, Agglomeration economies, Knowledge spillovers, Information processing, Local interactions, Cities, Urban economies, Urban Scaling , Intra-urban scaling
Translated title of the contributionAgglomerationers inneboende komplexitet: Essäer om självorganisering i urbana ekonomier
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2017 Oct 30
Place of PublicationLund
Print ISBNs978-91-7753-444-0
Electronic ISBNs978-91-7753-445-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2017-10-30 Time: 13:00 Place: Room "Flygeln" in Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 10, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Lobo, José Title: Associate Research Professor Affiliation: Arizona State University, USA ---

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