Frank van Oort

Frank van Oort

IHS Academic Director, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at Erasmus School of Economics

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Dr van Oort obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2002 with a doctoral dissertation on agglomeration benefits and innovation in cities. He worked for many years in Utrecht University and was director of the Urban and Regional Research Center Utrecht. He also worked for the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague until 2013 on urban and regional economics, spatial planning and policy development.

Dr van Oort is specialized in agglomeration economies, urban economics, economic geography, planning and housing, economic networks, urban geography, spatial planning, knowledge economy, European regional development, and urban development in China. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic & Social Geography (TESG), editor at the Cambridge Journal of Economy, Regions & Society. Dr van Oort combines fundamental research with applied and policy-oriented research. For example, besides NWO and EU funded research, he also researches ministries, cities and regions. Until 2010 he was a Board member of the Regional Science Association Netherlands.  

Cortinovis, N. and Oort, F. van (2022). Economic networks, innovation and proximity. In A. Torre, and D. Gallaud (Eds.) Handbook of proximity relations (pp. 292-306). Northampton: Edward Elgar.

Hoogerbrugge, M., Burger, M. and Oort, F. van (2022). Spatial structure and subjective well-being in north-west Europe. Regional Studies, 56(1), 75-86. (First online 17 February 2021).
Haaren, J. van, Oort, F. van and Maasland, J. D. (2021). Local cluster strategies and firm performance in the Netherlands. In D. Fornahl and N. Grashof (Eds.) Regional clusters in a global world (pp. 128-162). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Meijers, E., Burger, M. and Oort, F. van (2021). Randstad Holland between functional entity and political desire. In W. Zonneveld and V. Nadin (Eds.) The Randstad : a polycentric metropolis (pp. 127-148). New York: Routledge.

Oort, F. G. van and Lambooy, J. G. (2021). Cities, knowledge and innovation. In M. M. Fischer and P. Nijkamp (Eds.) Handbook of regional science. - 2nd ed. (pp. 913-927). Berlin: Springer.

Oort, F. van, Nagler, P. and Lionggo, I. (2021). Structural change, labour markets and urban economic policy in emerging economies. In J. Fransen, M. P. van Dijk and J. Edelenbos (Eds.) Urban planning, management and governance in emerging economies : paradigm shifts (pp. 57-79). Chelmsford: Edward Elgar.

Oort, F. van and Thissen, M. (2021). Networked shocks and regional resilience : implications from Brexit and the corona pandemic. Scienze Regionali. the Italian Journal of Regional Science, 20(1), 3-23.

Stavropoulos, S., Oort, F. van and Burger M. (2020). Heterogeneous relatedness and firm productivity. The Annals of Regional Science, 65(2), 403-437. (First online 12 March 2020).

Cortinovis, N., Crescenzi R. and Oort, F van (2020). Multinational enterprises, industrial relatedness and employment in European regions. Journal of Economic Geography, 20(5), (First online 04 August 2020). 1165-1205.
Oort, F. van, Cortinovis, N., Dogaru, T. and Haaren, J. van (2020). Mapping relatedness in European regions. In R. Capello, A. Kleibrink and M. Matusiak (Eds.) Quantitative methods for place-based innovation policy (pp.45-77). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Arampatzi, E., Burger, M., Stavropoulos, S. and Oort, F. G. van (2019). Subjective well-being and the 2008 recession in European regions : the moderating effect of governance. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 2, 111-133. (First online 15 April 2019).

Burger, M., Oort, F. van and Meijers, E. (2019). Examining spatial structure using gravity models. In L. d’Acci (Ed.), The mathematics of urban morphology (pp. 471-479). Cham: Birkhäuserr.

Cortinovis, Ni. and Oort, F. van (2019). Between spilling over and boiling down : network mediated spillovers, local knowledge base and productivity in European regions. Journal of Economic Geography 19(6): 1233-1260. (First online 24 December 2018).
Koster, H., Cheng, F., Gerritse, M. and Oort, F. van (2019). Place-based policies, firm productivity and displacement effects: evidence from Shenzhen, China. Journal of Regional Science, 59(2), 187-213. (First online 19 November 2018).
McCann, P. and Oort, F. van (2019). Theories of agglomeration and regional economic growth: a historical review. In R. Capello and P. Nijkamp (Eds.) Handbook of regional growth and development theories (pp. 6-23). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Chen, W., Los, B., McCann, P., Ortega-Arguiles, R., Thissen, M. and Oort, F. van (2018). The continental divide? Economic exposure to Brexit on both sides of the Channel. Papers in Regional Science, 97(1), 25-54. (First online 12 December 2017).
Liu, Y., Geertman, S., Oort, F van and Lin, Y. (2018). Making the ‘invisible’ visible : redevelopment-induced displacement of migrants in Shenzhen, China. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42(3), 483-499. (First online 13 May 2018)
Liu, Y., Lin, Y., Geertman, S. and Oort, F. van (2018). Towards inclusive and sustainable transformation in Shenzhen : urban redevelopment, displacement patterns of migrants and policy implications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 173, 24-38. (First online 30 September 2016).
Oort, F. van (2018), Policy in urban and regional economics. Inaugural address, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Rotterdam: Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Thissen, M., Lankhuizen, M., Oort, F. van, Los, B. and Diodato, D. (2018). EUREGIO: The construction of a global IO database with regional detail for Europe for 2000-2010, (Tinbergen Institute discussion paper 18-084/VI). Rotterdam: Tinbergen Institute.
Cortinovis, N., Xiao, J., Boschma, R. and Oort, F. G. van (2017). Quality of government and social capital as drivers of regional diversification in Europe. Journal of Economic Geography, 17(6), 1179-1208. (First online 17 February 2017).
Dogaru, T., Oort, F. van and Cortinovis, N. (2017). Smart specialisation and local economic development in Eastern Europe. In P. McCann, F. van Oort and J. Goddard, (Eds.) The empirical and institutional dimensions of smarts specialisation (145-164). London: Routledge.
Heiligenberg, H. van de, Heimeriks, G., Hekkert, M. and Oort, F. van (2017). A habitat for sustainability experiments : success factors for innovations in their local and regional contexts. Journal of Cleaner Production, 169: 204-215. (First online 22 June 2017).

Karreman, B., Burger, M. J. and Oort, F. G. van (2017). Location choices of multinationals in Europe : the role of overseas communities. Economic Geography, 93(2): 131-161. (First online 21 November 2016).

Liu, Y., Geertman, S., Lin, Y., and Oort, F. van (2017). Heterogeneity in displacement exposure of migrants in Shenzhen, China. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44, 2562-2581. (First online 18 October 2017).

McCann, P., Oort, F. van and Goddard, J. (Eds.) (2017). The empirical and institutional dimensions of smart specialisation. London: Routledge.
Oort, F. van and Thissen, M. (2017). Regional economic competition and place based policies. In R. Huggins and P. Thompson (Eds.) Handbook of regions and competitiveness : contemporary theories and perspectives on economic development (pp.192-206). Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
Thissen , M., Oort F. van and Ivanova, O. (2017). Good growth, bad growth : a wake-up call of smart specialisation. In P. McCann, F. van Oort and J. Goddard, (Eds.) The empirical and institutional dimensions of smarts specialisation (pp. 81-104). London: Routledge.
Knoben, J., Arikan A. T., Oort, F. van and Raspe, O. (2016). Agglomeration and firm performance : one firm’s medicine is another firm’s poison. Environment and Planning A, 48(1), 132-153. (First online 02 September 2017).
Thissen, M., Graaf, T. de and Oort, F. van (2016). Competitive network positions in trade and structural economic growth : a geographical weighted regression analysis for European regions. Papers in Regional Science, 19 (1), 159-180. (First online 29 March 2016).
Guastella, G. and Oort, F. G. van (2015). Regional heterogeneity and interregional research spillovers in European innovation : modelling and policy implications. Regional Studies, 49 (11), pp. 1772-1787. (First online 18 May 2015).
Oort, F. van, (2015). Unity in variety? Agglomeration economics beyond the specialization-diversity controversy. In: C. Karlsson, M. Andersson and T. Norman (Eds.) Handbook of research methods and applications in economic geography (pp. 259-271). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Oort, F. van and Cortinovis, N. (2015). Variety, economic growth and knowledge intensity of European regions : a spatial panel analysis. The Annals of Regional Science, 55 (1), 7-32. (First online 27 August 2015).
Oort, F. van, Geus, S. de and Dogaru, T. (2015). Related variety and regional economic growth in a cross-section of European regions. European Planning Studies, 23 (6), 1110-1127. (First online 04 June 2015).

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