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Tom Brökel { "honorific-suffix": "Professor", "fn": "Tom Brökel", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51834499", "email": "" }

Faculty UiS Business School
Department Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing

Since 2020, I am Professor in Regional Innovation at the University of Stavanger Business School. I have obtained a PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the Friedrich- Schiller-University of Jena in 2008 and received my Habilitation in Economic Geography from the Leibniz University of Hannover in 2015.

My research is focused on geography of innovation, knowledge networks, analysis of R&D policy, methods of social network analysis, regional innovation systems, renewable energies, tourism.

My teaching encompasses courses on Economic Geography, Advanced Statistics, Social Network Analysis, and the Geography of Innovation.

Research fields

My research is focused on geography of innovation, knowledge networks, analysis of R&D policy, methods of social network analysis, regional innovation systems, renewable energies, tourism.

Selected publications

  1. Graf, H. & Broekel, T. (2020) A shot in the dark? Policy influence on cluster networks, Research Policy,
  2. von Bloh, J., Broekel, T., Özgun, B., & Sternberg, R. (2019). New(s) data for entrepreneurship research? An innovative approach to use Big Data on media coverage.Small Business Economics. (pdf)
  3. Broekel, T. (2019). Using structural diversity to measure the complexity of technologies. PLoS ONE, 14(5), 1?27. (pdf)
  4. Bednarz, M. & Broekel, T. (2019), The relationship of policy induced R&D networks and inter-regional knowledge diffusion Journal of Evolutionary Economics, (pdf).
  5. Broekel, T. & Bednarz, M. (2018), Disentangling link formation and dissolution in spatial networks: An application of a two-mode STERGM to a project-based R&D network in the German biotechnology industry Networks and Spatial Economics, 18(3), 677-704, (pdf)
  6. Gardt, M. & Broekel, T. & Gareis, P. & Litmeyer, M-L (2018), Einfluss von Windenergieanlagen auf die Entwicklung des Tourismus in Hessen, Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 62(1), (pdf)
  7. Broekel, T. and Rogge, N. and Brenner, T. (2018), The innovation efficiency of German regions ? a shared-input DEA approach, Review of Regional Research, 38:77-109(pdf)
  8. Broekel, T. and Mueller, W. (2018), Critical links in knowledge networks ? What about proximities and gatekeeper organisations? Industry & Innovation, 25(10):919-939 (pdf)

Research in progress

Research topic: Technological complexity

Is it? How do we know? While we widely believe that ?the world? has become more complex, showing this empirically is challenging. Beyond confirming our feelings, measuring complexity is also of great interest to scientists because complexity is widely accepted as a key (qualitative) dimension of knowledge that shapes the efforts required for its generation (invention), its (spatial) diffusion, and its economic value. By using patent data and the recently developed complexity measure of structural diversity (Broekel 2019), I explore jointly with colleagues the properties, evolution, and relevance of technology complexity. 

Research topic: News

Events like the BREXIT and the 2016 US election underline the impact of news on peoples' behaviour. By providing and disseminating information as well as promoting specific views and opinions, news feeds into individuals' decision-making processes. Consequently, existing research shows that news exerts a substantial influence on economic processes such as trade, tourism, and investments. However, while a number of studies empirically identify significant differences in the volume and tone of news coverage of countries, there is no systematic research on the geographical dimension of news at subnational level. This sharply contrasts the frequently explicit geographical focus of news - e.g., highlighted by the great number of regional newspapers within countries, which vary substantially in content, tone, and importance. My research addresses this gap by investigating the regional (subnational) dimension of news.

Research topic: Networks

The world is relational. The vast majority of objects and subjects are embedded in complex relational structures, commonly called "networks". My research focuses on knowledge networks, i.e. networks with the objective of knowledge and information diffusing between individual actors, organisations, and regions. I am particularly invested in understanding why networks show specific structures, what factors are determine these, how do they evolve over time, and to what extent they matter economically.

Work experience

Between 2004 and  2008, I have been working as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in Jena. From 2008-2011 and held the position of a Post-Doc in the Department of Economic Geography at Utrecht University. Subsequently, I became a Juniorprofessor at Leibniz University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography in Hannover from 2011-2016. From 2017 to 2019, I?ve been working at the University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Department of Human Geography and Social Planning.  In July 2019, I've joined UiS Business School.

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • Broekel, Tom; Brenner, Thomas (2019). Evolutionary economics and policy: Introduction to the special issue.
  • Fitjar, Rune Dahl; Haus-Reve, Silje; Brökel, Tom (2019). Hva kan vi bli gode på i Rogaland? Mot en ny strategi for næringsutvikling?. Handelshøgskolen ved UiS og Næringsforeningen i Stavanger-re; 2019-10-02.
  • Fitjar, Rune Dahl; Haus-Reve, Silje; Brökel, Tom (2019). Smart spesialisering i Rogaland. Universitetet i Stavanger; 2019-11-01.
  • Fitjar, Rune Dahl; Haus-Reve, Silje; Brökel, Tom (2019). Smart spesialisering i Rogaland. Rogaland fylkeskommune; 2019-09-30.