Harald Bathelt, Professor

Harald Bathelt

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Gießen, Germany (1991)

Other Degrees:
Habilitation in Geography, University of Gießen, Germany (Post-Doctoral Degree) (1997)
Diplom University of Gießen, Germany (1987)

Contact Information:

Department of Geography & Planning
Phone:    (416) 946-0183
Location: Room 3121, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Email:     harald.bathelt@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://www.harald-bathelt.com/

Research Interests:

  • Economic geography
  • Relational economic geography
  • Industrial clustering
  • Innovation and knowledge creation over distance
  • Socio-economic impacts of industrial and institutional change
  • Regional governance and political economy
  • Interregional and interurban inequality

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR324H1S: Spatial Political Economy
GGR344H1F: Political Economy of Germany and the EU
JPG1621H1F: Innovation and Governance

Call For Students:

I welcome students that are interested to work in areas related to economic geography, such as the following: I. Interregional Inequality and Regional Development: Quickly increasing inequality causes concern and drives populism. This research hypothesizes that regional development depends on the ability to mobilize resources and networks across different spatial scales. II. Knowledge Generation over Distance: This research is based on the assumption that the competitiveness of firms depends on their ability to engage in creating and circulating knowledge both within and beyond their regional environment. III. Cluster Evolution and Institutional Change: This research is interested in (i) processes of how clusters emerge, (ii) the consequences of institutional change for cluster dynamics, (iii) the impact of cross-cluster networks.

Selected Publications:

Bathelt, H. and M. Buchholz. 2019. Outward Foreign-Direct Investments as a Catalyst of Urban-Regional Income Development? Evidence from the United States. Economic Geography 95: 442-466.

Bathelt, H., J. A. Cantwell and R. Mudambi. 2018. Overcoming Frictions in Trans-National Knowledge Flows: Challenges of Connecting, Sense-Making and Integrating. Journal of Economic Geography 18: 1001-1022.

Bathelt, H., P. Cohendet, S. Henn and L. Simon. Eds. 2017. The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation. Cheltenham, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Bathelt, H. and R. Gibson. 2015. Learning in “Organized Anarchies”: The Nature of Technological Search Processes and Knowledge Flows at International Trade Fairs. Regional Studies 49: 985-1002.

Bathelt, H. and J. Glückler. 2011. The Relational Economy: Geographies of Knowing and Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bathelt, H. and J. Glückler. 2014. Institutional Change in Economic Geography. Progress in Human Geography 38: 340-363.

Bathelt, H., F. Golfetto and D. Rinallo. 2014. Trade Shows in the Globalizing Knowledge Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bathelt, H. and S. Henn. 2014. The Geographies of Knowledge Transfers Over Distance: Toward a Typology. Environment and Planning A 46: 1403-1424.

Bathelt, H. and P. Li. 2014. Global Cluster Networks – Foreign Direct Investment Flows From Canada to China. Journal of Economic Geography 14: 45-71.

Bathelt, H. and P. Li. 2020. Building Better Methods in Economic Geography. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 64: forthcoming.

Bathelt, H. and P. Li. 2020. Processes of Building Cross-Border Knowledge Pipelines. Research Policy 49: forthcoming.

Bathelt, H., A. Malmberg and P. Maskell. 2004. Clusters and Knowledge: Local Buzz, Global Pipelines and the Process of Knowledge Creation. Progress in Human Geography 28: 31-56.

Bathelt, H. and P. Turi. 2011. Local, Global and Virtual Buzz: The Importance of Face-to-Face Contact in Economic Interaction and Possibilities to go Beyond. Geoforum 42: 520-529.

Bathelt, H., P. Li and Y.-W. Zhu. 2017. Geographies of Temporary Markets: An Anatomy of the Canton Fair. European Planning Studies 25: 1497-1515.

Bathelt, H. and G. Zeng. Eds. 2015. Temporary Knowledge Ecologies: The Rise of Trade Fairs in the Asia-Pacific Region. Cheltenham, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Buchholz, M., H. Bathelt and J. A. Cantwell 2020): Income Divergence and Global Connectivity of U.S. Urban Regions. Journal of International Business Policy 3: forthcoming.

Henn, S. and H. Bathelt. 2018. Cross-Cluster Knowledge Fertilization, Cluster Emergence and the Generation of Buzz. Industrial and Corporate Change 27: 449-466.

Li, P. and H. Bathelt. 2018. Location Strategy in Cluster Networks. Journal of International Business Studies 49: 967-989.

Maskell, P., H. Bathelt and A. Malmberg. 2006. Building Global Knowledge Pipelines: The Role of Temporary Clusters. European Planning Studies 14: 997-1013.

Zhu, Y.-W., H. Bathelt and G. Zeng. 2020. Learning in Context: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach to Analyze Knowledge Acquisition at Trade Fairs. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 64: forthcoming.