Networked shocks and regional resilience: implications from Brexit and the Corona pandemic

Frank van Oort, M Thissen

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This paper argues that for regional policies to be effective for resilience and economic diversification, a larger understanding of both the complexity of inter-regional networks and the absorptive capacities of firms in regions is needed. Using Brexit and the corona pandemic as examples of shocks, the heterogeneity of regional and sectoral impacts on firms is shown. Although exposures to and potentials of shocks can be identified for regions (speculatively, as both shocks have not materialized fully yet), translation of these into policy measures that address firms’ selective competitive needs is challenging. Many impacts are generated and distributed along market and competition relations, which are not always sensitive to (the same) place-based policies. A discussion on policies that link to a broader interpretation of resilience (of both repair and renewal) is presented, and a research agenda is adhered that more extensively explores how local policies can be implemented in the multilevel network-region-firm structure of impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalScienze Regionali (print)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge funding through the UK ESRC Economic and Social Research Council under grant reference 35587 («The Economic Impacts of Brexit on the UK, Its Regions, Its Cities and Its Sectors») and through ZonMw project 10430-03201-0006 («The Resilient Region; Regional-Economic Impact Mitigation of Corona-related (De)escalation Policies»).

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