Prof James Simmie

BSc (Econ), MPhil, DPhil, MRTPI, FRSA, AcSS
Emeritus Professor of Innovation Studies
Research Associate - OISD:IAG and OISD:SPG

Profile

James Simmie’s work is focused on the relationships between innovation, productivity and the competitiveness of regions and cities. It is developed within the theoretical framework of evolutionary economic theory and economic geography. Over the years he has published widely on these themes. Some of his more recent publications are available to download from this website.

Current research

His current research is concerned with:

  1. Path dependence and new path creation in Europe and North America. This work seeks to develop a new socio-economic theory of new technological path creation using the history of the last four decades of invention and innovation in wind power technologies in Britain, Denmark, Germany and the USA as examples.
  2. Publications include:

    Simmie, J. (2012) “Path Dependence and New Path Creation in Renewable Energy Technologies”, European Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5, May, pp. 729-731. Guest editor’s introduction to the special edition of EPS on Path Dependence and New Path Creation in Renewable Energy Technologies.

    Simmie, J. (2012) “Path dependence and New Technological Path Creation in the Danish Wind Power Industry” European Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5, May, pp. 753-772.

    Simmie, J. (2012) “Path dependence and new technological path creation in the economic landscape” Chpt. 8 in Phil Cooke ed. Reframing Urban & Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation & Transition, London, Routledge.

    Simmie, J., Carpenter, J. and Sternberg, R. (2014) “New technological path creation: evidence from the British and German wind energy industries”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, DOI 10.1007/s00191-014-0354-8

  3. Innovation, reproduction and regional economic resilience. This work explores the argument that regional economic resilience is a non-equilibrium attribute of a regional economy that is based on long-term adaptation. Two opposing forces are identified as underlying the rate of adaptation in a regional economy. These are innovation and reproduction.
  4. Publications include:

    Simmie, J. and Martin, R. L. (2010) “The economic resilience of regions: towards an evolutionary approach”, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 3, No. 1, March, pp. 27-43, with Ron Martin.

    Simmie, J. (2014) “Regional Economic Resilience: A Schumpeterian Perspective”, Raumforsch Raumordnung (2014) 72:103-116, DOI 10.1007/s13147-014-0274-y

Recent publications

2014

"Regional economic resilience: a Schumpeterian perspective", Raumforsch Raumordnung (2014) 72:103-116, DOI 10.1007/s13147-014-0274-y

Simmie, J., Carpenter, J. and Sternberg, R. (2014) “New technological path creation: evidence from the British and German wind energy industries”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, DOI 10.1007/s00191-014-0354-8

2012

“Path Dependence and New Path Creation in Renewable Energy Technologies”, European Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5, May, pp. 729-731. Guest editor’s introduction to the special edition of EPS on Path Dependence and New Path Creation in Renewable Energy Technologies.

“Path dependence and New Technological Path Creation in the Danish Wind Power Industry” European Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5, May, pp. 753-772.

“Learning City Regions: Theory and Practice in Private and Public Sector Spatial Planning”, Planning Practice and Research, Vol. 00, No. 0, pp. 1-20.

“Path dependence and new technological path creation in the economic landscape” in Reframing Urban & Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation & Transition, Phil Cooke ed.

“Innovation and new path creation: The role of niche environments in the development of the wind power industry in Germany and the UK”, European Spatial Research and Policy, with Juliet Carpenter, Elisa Conti, Fabiana Povinelli and Joschka Milan Kipshagen, Vol. 9, No 2, pp. 87-101.

2011

“Learning Regions” Chapter 40 in Philip Cooke, Bjorn Asheim, Ron Boschma, Ron Martin, Dfana Schwartz and Franz Tödtling eds. Handbook of Regional Growth and Innovation, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 547-555.

2010

“The information economy and its spatial evolution in English cities” in Ron Boschma and Ron Martin eds. Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 487-507.

“The economic resilience of regions: towards an evolutionary approach”, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 3, No. 1, March, pp. 27-43, with Ron Martin.

“The Contribution of KIBS to Innovation in Cities: An Evolutionary and Institutional Perspective”, Urban Insight, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 51-63. With Simone Strambach, Chinese journal, paper translated into Chinese.

“The contribution of clustering to innovation: from Porter I agglomeration to Porter II export base theories”, Chapter 2, pp. 19-32 in Karlsson, C. (2010) Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters: Cases and Policies, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Workshop proceedings: Papers presented at Workshop on New Path Creation, Trinity College Oxford, 5-7 September 2010, with Juliet Carpenter.

2008

“Towards an Evolutionary and Endogenous Growth Theory Explanation of Why Regional and Urban Economies in England are Diverging”, Planning Practice & Research, Vol. 23, No.1, pp. 101-124, February. With Juliet Carpenter.

“The theoretical bases of urban competitiveness: does proximity matter?” Revue d'Ecomomie Regionale & Urbaine, No. 3, pp. 333-351, with Ron Martin.

“The contribution of clustering to innovation: from Porter I agglomeration to Porter II export base theories”, in Charlie Karlsson (ed.) Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 19-32.

“Path dependence and local innovation systems in city-regions”, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, Vol 10, pp. 183-196, with Ron Martin.

History Matters: Path dependence and innovation in British city-regions, (2008) London, NESTA. With Juliet Carpenter, Andrew Chadwick and Ron Martin.

2007

Path dependence and the evolution of city regional economies Papers presented at a workshop at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, 11th September, 2007, with Juliet Carpenter.

2006

State of the English Cities Vols. 1 and 2, with Michael Parkinson, Tony Champion, Ivan Turok, Martin Crookston, Bruce Katz and Alison Park, London, ODPM

Do clusters or innovation systems drive competitiveness?, Chapter 8 in Bjorn Asheim, Philip Cooke and Ron Martin eds. Clusters and Regional Development: Critical reflections and explorations, London, Routledge. Pp. 164-187.

The contribution of clustering to innovation: from Porter I agglomeration to Porter II export base theories, chapter 6.1 in Charlie Karlsson Handbook of research on Clusters: Theories, Policies and Case Studies, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

The Competitive Economic Performance of English Cities, London, DCLG. With Carpenter, J., Chadwick, A., Martin, R. and Wood, P.

Innovation and Clustering in the Globalised International Economy, in A. Cumbers and D. Mackinnon Clusters in Urban and Regional Development, London, Routledge, pp. 125-142.

The contribution of KIBS to innovation in cities: an evolutionary and institutional perspective, Journal of Knowledge Management, Volume, 10, No.5 pp.26-40. With Simone Strambach.

The economic performance of London and the Core Cities, Working Paper 196, Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Department of Planning. with Blake, N., Brownill, S., Glasson, J., Holt, R., Marshall, T., Martin, R., Westwood, A. and Wood, P.

2005

Knowledge, Innovation and the Competitiveness of Cities, in Rethinking Urban Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance, N. Buck, I. Gordon, A. Harding and I. Turok eds. Macmillan, Palgrave.

Innovation and Space: a critical review of the literature, Regional Studies, Vol. 39.6, pp. 789-804, August

Realising the Full Economic Potential of London and the Core Cities, Summary research report for the Core Cities and the Greater London Authority, London, College Hill Press, with Blake, N., Brownill, S., Glasson, J., Holt, R., Marshall, T., Martin, R., Westwood, A. and Wood, P. Full report at www.corecities.com (Publications, London Study).

2004

Competitive European Cities: Where do the Core Cities Stand, London, ODPM, With Michael Parkinson, Mary Hutchins, Greg Clark and Hans Verdonk.

Innovation clusters and competitive cities in the UK and Europe, Chapter ten in City Matters, Body, M. and Parkinson, M. eds. Bristol, Polity Press, pp. 171-196.

Realising the full economic potential of London and the Core Cities, Research report for Manchester City Council and the Greater London Authority, Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, with Blake, N., Brownill, S., Glasson, J., Holt, R., Marshall, T., Martin, R., Westwood, A. and Wood, P.

Innovation and clustering in the globalised international economy, Urban Studies, Vol. 41, Nos. 5/6, May, pp. 1095-1112.

Local Innovation System Governance and performance: a comparative analysis of Oxfordshire, Stuttgart and Toulouse, International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 28, Nos. 3/4/5/6, pp. 534-559, with Corinne Siino, Jean-Marc Zuliani, Guy Jalabert and Simone Strambach.

2003

Innovation and Urban Regions as National and International Nodes for the Transfer and Sharing of Knowledge, Regional Studies, Vol. 37, 6&7, pp. 607-620, August/October.

2002

The Changing City: Population, Employment and Land Use Change since the 1943 County of London Plan, London, City Corporation of London

2001

Innovative Cities, London, Spon.

Innovation in Europe: A Tale of Knowledge and Trade in Five Cities, Regional Studies, Vol. 36.1, pp. 47-64, February, With Sennett, J., Wood, P. and Hart, D.

Trading Places in the Global Economy, European Planning Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2, February, pp. 201-214.

Knowledge Spillovers and the Reasons for the Concentration of Innovative SMEs, Urban Studies, Vol. 39, Nos. 5/6, May, pp. 885-902.

Innovation, International Trade and Knowledge Spillovers, Italian Journal of Regional Science, No. 1/2002, pp. 73-91.

Innovation and Competitive Cities in Europe, in Begg, I. Ed. Competitive Cities, Bristol, Policy Press, pp. 161-189, with James Sennett and Peter Wood.

Space, linkages and successful urban regions, Journal of Urban technology, Vol. 9, No. 3, December, pp. 49-68. With James Sennett, Peter Wood and Doug Hart.