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Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher


HCU Hamburg
Urban and Regional Economics

Überseeallee 16 
D-20457 Hamburg

5th Floor | Room 5047
Phone: +49(0)40/42827-4561
Email: Gernot.Grabher(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Office hours: by appointment through email only

Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, 2015

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

Organized Creativity - Practices for inducing and coping with uncertainty
German Research Foundation | Research Group, 2016-2022
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Prof. Dr. Gregory Jackson (Speaker, Free University of Berlin) and 10 Colleagues
Project website

From Know - how to Know-who: Reflexive Management of Interpersonal Knowledge Networks on Social Network Sites
German Research Foundation, 2014-2016
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Jonas König

The Sharing Economy: Drivers and Constraints of New Practices of Collective Asset Utilization
HafenCity University Anschubfinanzierung, 2014
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Jonas König

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

Low-Budget Urbanity - Zur Transformation des Städtischen unter dem Primat des Sparens.
Wissenschaftsstiftung Hamburg, 2012-2013
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher; Prof. Dr. Alexa Färber (speaker, HCU Hamburg); Prof. Dr. Martina Heßler (Helmut-Schmitt-University Hamburg) Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Kniess (HCU Hamburg); Prof. Dr. Lisa Kosok (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte); Dr. phil. Jörg Seifert (HCU Hamburg)
more information

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. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Julia Maintz, MA in co-operation with Prof. David Stark and John Kelly, MA (Columbia University, Center on Organizational Innovation)
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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


2015, (with J. Thiel), "Crossing Boundaries: Exploring the London Olympics 2012 as a Field-Configuring Event". In: Industry & Innovation 22(3): 229-249.

2015, (with E. Schüßler and G. Müller-Seitz), "Field-Configuring Events: Arenas for Innovation and Learning?". In: Industry & Innovation 22(3): 165-172.

2014, (with J. Thiel), "Coping with a Self-Induced Shock: The Heterarchic Organization of the London Olympic Games 2012". In: Social Sciences 3: 527–548. (download)

2014, (with O. Ibert), “Distance as Asset? Knowledge Collaboration in Hybrid Virtual Communities”. In: Journal of Economic Geography 14(1): 97-123.

2012, (With E. Cacciatori and D. Tamoschus), “Knowledge Transfer across Projects: Codification in Creative, High-Tech and Engineering Industries.” Management Learning 43(3): 309-311.

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 Encyclopedia 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)

Recent Presentations


2016, Third International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, Keynote Speaker, Southampton,September.

2016, 4th International Workshop “Megaprojects: Theory meets Practice”, Keynote Speaker, Rome, May.

2016, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Co-Organizer of the Panel Sessions: “Sharing Economies: The Struggle for Consolidation 1-3“, San Francisco, April.

2016, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Panel Session: “The Geography of Entrepreneurship and its Ecosystems “, San Francisco, April.

2015, Jahreskongress des Forums deutscher Wirtschaftsförderer, Keynote Speaker, Berlin, November.

2015, Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Member of the Conference Advisory Committee, Oxford, August.

2015, Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Special Session: “Digital Labor, Digital Production and Distribution”, Oxford, August.

2015, Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Special Session: “Valuation Economies: Changing Forms of Co-Production and Consumption”, Oxford, August.

2015, First International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, Keynote Speaker, Utrecht, June.

2015, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Panel Session: “Reimagining the Global Economy: Towards a Geography of Use Values”, Chicago, April.

2014, University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy "The benefits of not ‘being there’? Knowledge production and socializing online (Guest Lecture)", Dublin, April.

2013, 3rd INTERREG Conference EM Normandie and University of Southampton “Creative Industries: A Think Tank for Innovative Practices in Management, Strategy and Organization”, Deauville, France, November.

2013, International Workshop „Megaprojects: Theory meets Practice“, London, September.

2013, Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, Panel Session: “Advancing the Understanding of Regional Economic Adaptability“, London, August.

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 Economics | 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

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Economic Sociology Newsletter - A Conversation with Gernot Grabher