Unresolved issues in regional economic resilience: Conceptual ways forward

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Regional economic resilience (RER) remains the state-of-the-art concept in economic geography to investigate regional development in times of disturbance. We seek to contribute to a transformative notion of RER, which unfolds in light of global environmental change. In our review of conceptual and empirical RER applications, we reveal three unresolved issues: a focus on firms rather than diverse actors, trivial reflections on social–ecological interdependencies, and the need for more fluid understandings of socio-spatial relations. Based on these insights from neighboring geographical disciplines, we provide concrete propositions for theoretical enhancement to make RER fit for purpose.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-717
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 507026 Economic geography
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 507014 Regional development


  • adaptation
  • resilience
  • social–ecological systems
  • socio-economic development
  • sustainability
  • transformation

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