Technological Complexity

The World is getting more complex, or is it? How do we know? While we widely believe that “the world” has become more complex, showing this empirically is challenging.

Networks and Proximities

My research focuses on knowledge networks, i.e. networks with the objective of knowledge and information diffusing between individual actors, organisations, and regions.

Regional Innovation Performance

How can we measure the innovation performance of spatial units? What factors make regions vary in it? In my research I have sought to answer this question.

Innovation policy

While most of us agree that innovation is something to be supported, it is still largely unclear how this can be done in a proper way. The part of my research particularly seeks to inform (regional) policy makers on this matter.



Regional News

Regional News

News is a crucial source of information that influences our every day lives. In my research I explore how it differs between regions in terms of topics and sentiments.

About Tom

Tom Brökel is a Professor in Regional Innovation at the University of Stavanger Business School, Norway. He is also associated to the Center of Regional and Innovation Economics of the University of Bremen, Germany.

Tom’s research is focused on geography of innovation, knowledge networks, analysis of R&D policy, methods of social network analysis, regional innovation systems, and renewable energies, tourism.

Tom’s teaching encompasses courses on Innovation Studies, Economic Geography, Advanced Statistics, Social Network Analysis, and the Geography of Innovation.

Impact of regional news on COVID related behaviour

Why are people in some places more willing to reduce their chances of getting COVID19? Our new study (with Burcu […]

Let’s talk internationalization and address “elefanten i rommet”!

Recently, discussions concerning the internationalization of the Norwegian academic system peaked again. We’ve heard a lot about how much internationalization […]

Antwort an das Titanic-Magazin

Hei, Smutjes von der Titanic! Ein lauwarmes Süppchen haben Sie da angerührt. Worte wurden mehr oder weniger wahllos zusammengeschmissen, so […]

Joined the DFG Network: “The Dynamics of Innovation Systems: Perspectives, Influences and Operationalization“

I am thrilled to be an associated partner in the DFG-Network “The Dynamics of Innovation Systems: Perspectives, Influences and Operationalization“, […]

Paper: Searching through the haystack – The relatedness and complexity of priorities in smart specialisation strategies

New publication in Economic Geography can be accessed here.  It features an assessment of regional smart specialisation strategies in terms […]

The geography of innovation and technology news – An empirical study of the German news media

A new study with Burcu Ozgun has been published in Technological Forecasting & Social Change. Using a novel database covering daily […]

Technological complexity and economic growth of regions

Do competences in complex technologies matter for regional growth? Yes – they do! In our new study, Lars Mewes and […]

New publication: Explaining the dynamics of relatedness: The role of co‐location and complexity

The relevance of relatedness on economic development in space has been intensively studied. In this joint publication (pdf) with Sandor […]