/ Research Teams

The IN SITU project consortium comprises 13 Full Partners from 12 countries, consisting of 11 research institutions, a European-wide CCI network, and a national cultural foundation.

Utrecht University (UU), The Netherlands


Established in 1636, Utrecht University (UU) is the largest of the Dutch universities. The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning is part of the Faculty of Geosciences and one of the research groups specializes in economic geography. With 10 senior researchers, the group is jointly led by Ron Boschma and Carolina Castaldi, and is well-known for its contributions to the research stream of evolutionary economic geography, the geography of innovation, and quantitative investigations of regional innovation opportunities. The IN SITU UU team brings expertise in the following areas: geography of innovation (focusing on innovation emergence in service and creative and cultural industries), development of novel trademark-based indicators, regional economics, evolutionary economic geography, regional resilience, regional diversification and the principle of relatedness (highly influential both in academia and in policy, where it has helped to shape current Smart Specialization policies), quantitative analysis at the regional level, and firms in creative industries.

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