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Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher


HCU Hamburg
Urban and Regional Economic Studies

Überseeallee 16 
D-20457 Hamburg

1st Floor | Room 1105b
Phone: +49(0)40/42827-4561
Fax: +49(0)40/42827-
Email: Gernot.Grabher@hcu-hamburg.de


Office hours | By appointment through email only

Visiting Professor, Bryn Mawr College Philadelphia, Growth and Structure of Cities Department, 2012

Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Department of Sociology, 2005

Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics, 2002

Visiting Professor, Santa Fe Institute, Program on Co-evolution of States and Markets, 1999

Visiting Fellow, Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, 1995

Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Palo Alto, 1994

Learning through rare events: Learning from the past and anticipating the future. The case of the London Olympics 2012
German Research Foundation, 2012-2013
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Dr. Joachim Thiel

Port City Networks: Interdependencies of Global Shipping Networks and Urban Transformations
of Port Cites
German Research Foundation, 2012-2013
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Prof. Dr. Carola Hein (Brywn Mawr College), Prof. Dr. Dirk Schubert (HCU Hamburg)

Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems
Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2006-2010
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Prof. Dr. Meric Gertler (University of Toronto), Collegues of the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal, University of Toronto

Mobile Places, Virtual Networks: The Geographies of User-Induced Innovation Processes
German Research Foundation GR 1913-7, 2006-2009
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Dr. Oliver Ibert, Dipl.-Soz. Saskia Flohr
Final Report

Learning in Personal Networks: Collaborative Knowledge Production in Virtual Forums
Volkswagen Foundation, 2005-2008
Prof. Gernot Grabher, Julia Maintz, MA in co-operation with Prof. David Stark and John Kelly, MA (Columbia University, Center on Organizational Innovation)
Overview | Final Report

Learning from Rare Events: Repositories of Knowledge in Temporary Organizations
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, A. Prencipe (University of Sussex), E. Ciacciatori (Università Commerciale L. Bocconi)

Knowledge, Governance, and Projects: Configurations and Dynamics of the Project-Based Economy
Fondo per gli Investimenti della Ricerca di Base (FIRB), 2005-2008 
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Prof. Dr. Anna Grandori (Università Commerciale L. Bocconi), Prof. Dr. Peter Maskell (Copenhagen Business School), Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis (Tilburg University), Prof. Dr. Patrick Cohendet (Université de Montréal)

Production in Projects: Advertising Industry in Hamburg and Software Production in Munich (Produktion in Projekten: Das Beispiel der Werbebranche in Hamburg und der Softwareindustrie in München) 
German Research Foundation GR 1913-3, 2002-2004
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher and Dr. Oliver Ibert
Final Report

2010, (with O. Ibert), "Project Ecologies: A Contextual View on Creativity and Learning in Temporary Organizations." In: Morris, P., Pinto, J. and Söderlund, J., eds., Oxford Handbook on the Management of Projects. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009, "Networks." In: Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N., eds., International Enceclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 7. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009, "Yet Another Turn? The Evolutionary Project in Economic Geography." In: Economic Geography, 85(2): 119-127. (download)

2008, (with O. Ibert and S. Flohr), "The Neglected King: The Customer in the New Knowledge Ecology of Innovation." In: Economic Geography, 84(3): 253-280. (download)

2007, (with R. DeFillippi and C. Jones), “Paradoxes of Creativity: Managerial Challenges in the Creative Industries." In: Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28(3): 3-11. (download)

2007, (with J. Maintz), “Learning in Personal Networks: Collaborative Knowledge Production in Virtual Forums.” In: Hof, H. and Wengenroth, U., eds., Innovationsforschung - Ansätze, Methoden, Grenzen und Perspektiven. Münster: LIT, pp. 187-202.

Recent Presentations

2013, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Panel Session: “An unlikely success story? Olympic cities and the London 2012 experience”, Panel Session: “Time-spatial approaches to knowledge-creation”, Los Angeles, April.

2013, International Conference “Constructing Resilience”, Berlin, January.       

2013, International Workshop: “Global Gateways, Local Dead-Ends? The Transformation of Port Cities between Blockade and Mobilization“, Hamburg, January.

2012, “Knowledge Networking – Exploring Social Dynamics of Innovation” Joint conference of the DFG/NWO ‘University Networking’ and ‘Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks’ Networks, Aachen, December.

2012, Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference “Times of Change: Future Directions in Geography, Urban and Regional Studies”, Key Note Speaker, Hamburg, November.

2012,  “Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories meet Economic Realities?” Joint Interim Conference of ISA Economy and Society and ESA Economic Sociology Network and ASA Economic Sociology Section, Moscow, October.

2012, Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Featured Speaker, Zurich, July.

2012, “The Marketization of Society: Economizing the Non-Economic” Conference organized by the sections ‘Sociological Theory’ and ‘Economic Sociology’ of the German Sociological Association, Bremen, June.

2012, Making Projects Critical Workshop 6, Manchester, April.

2012, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New York, February. Panel Session: “Mega-Events – from Eventful Cities to Regional Development”, Panel Discussion: “The Social Factory Revisited”.

2012, “Economic Sociology meets Economic Geography”, Columbia University, Center on Organizational Innovation, February.

2011, Third Global Conference on Economic Geography, Member of the Conference Advisory Committee, Seoul, June.

2010, Annual Conference of the Innovation Systems Research Network, Toronto, May.

2009, “Knowledge and its Context in the World of Tommorrow”, Deutscher Geographentag, Vienna, September.

2008, „Organizing Innovation by Collaboration“ Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies, Amsterdam, July.

since 4/2009 | Professor of Urban and Regional Economic Studies | HafenCity University

1998 - 2009 | Professor (C4) of Economic Geography | University of Bonn

1997 - 1998 | Professor (C3) of Local and Regional Development | University of Konstanz

1997 | Reader in Economic Geography | King’s College London, Department of Geography

1996 | Lecturer in Economic Geography | King’s College London, Department of Geography

1991-1995 | Senior Research Fellow | Science Center Berlin (WZB)

1986-1990 | Research Fellow | Science Center Berlin (WZB)

1987 | Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning (with distinction) | Technical University of Vienna

1980-1985 | Dipl. Engineer for Urban and Regional Planning (with distinction) | Technical University of Vienna

Full Curriculum Vitae

Economic Sociology Newsletter - A Conversation with Gernot Grabher