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Jonathan Muringani receives Paul Benneworth PhD Student Award 2021

Former PhD Student at UiS Business School Jonathan Muringani has won this year's Paul Benneworth PhD Student Award from the Regional Studies Association for best paper in the field authored by a PhD student.

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Jonathan Muringani, former PhD student at UiS Business School

The Paul Benneworth PhD Student Award recognises excellence amongst the Regional Studies PhD student community.

Title of paper: Social Capital and Economic Growth in the Regions of Europe

Jonathan’s research contributes to the existing knowledge on how social capital and human capital affect economic growth across regions in the European Union. The findings confirm that bridging social capital is beneficial and bonding social capital, the opposite for economic growth. Contrary to expectations, the two types of social capital do not interact, except each with human capital.

The findings show a substitutive and not complementary relationship such that bridging social capital has a more substantial effect on growth in regions with lower levels of human capital. Similarly, human capital has a moderating effect that reduces the negative externalities of bonding social capital. Therefore, these findings provide valuable insights for regional development policies.

– I am excited and honoured to receive this award. I express my gratitude to the Regional Studies Association for the recognition and my PhD supervisors, Prof Rune Dahl Fitjar, the University of Stavanger and Prof Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, the London School of Economics, for their mentorship. The award inspires my new journey as a postdoctoral researcher on societal security and trust in digital societies at the University of Olso, Department of Technology Systems, says Jonathan Muringani.

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