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Dr. Jurgen Essletzbichler
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Dr. Jurgen Essletzbichler


Room G17
Department of Geography
University College London
26 Bedford Way
London. WC1H 0AP
Tel: +44-(0)20-7679-5540
e-mail: j.essletzbichler@ucl.ac.uk







PhD. Department of Geography, University of California Los Angeles

MA. Department of Geography, University of California Los Angeles

MAG. Department of Geography, University of Vienna


Essletzbichler, J. (2013). Relatedness, industrial branching and technological cohesion in U.S. metropolitan areas. Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.806793.

Breau, S. and Essletzbichler, J. (2013) Commentary: Contesting inequality. Environment and Planning A 45: 1775-1784.

Gaglia, A., Essletzbichler, J., Barnicot, K., Bhatti, N., and Priebe, S. (2013). Dropping out of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the NHS: The role of care coordination. The Psychiatrist 37: 267-271.

Essletzbichler, J. (2012). Generalized Darwinism, group selection and evolutionary economic geography. Zeitschrift fur Wirtschaftsgeographie 56: 129-146.

Essletzbichler, J. (2012). Clean energy technology and path creation: The lack of a geographical approach to energy transition policy in the UK. European Planning Studies. 20, issue 5, pp. 791-816.

Essletzbichler, J. (2012): Evolutionary economic geographies. In Barnes, T., Peck, J., and Sheppard, E. (eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography. pp. 183-198.

Ayokama, Y.,  Benner, C., Berndt, C., Coe, N., Engelen, E.,  Essletzbichler, J., Glassman, J., Glückler, J., Grote, M., Jones, A., Leichenko, R., Leslie, D., Lindner, P., Lorenzen, M., Mansfield, B., Murphy, J.T., Pollard, J., Power, D., Stam, E., Wòjcik, D., and Zook, M. (2011). Emerging themes in economic geography: Outcomes of the 2010 Economic Geography Workshop. Economic Geography 87: 111-127.

Essletzbichler, J. (2011): Locating location theory. Leyshon, A., Lee, R., McDowell, L. and P. Sunley (eds): The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, pp.23-38.  Sage.

Essletzbichler, J. (2011). Inequality, poverty and social exclusion. Area Virtual Issue. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291475-4762/homepage/virtual_issues.htm#Inequality

Essletzbichler, J. and K. Kadokawa (2010): The evolution of regional labor productivities in Japanese manufacturing, 1968-2004. Regional Studies 44: 1189-1205.

Essletzbichler, J. and D.L. Rigby (2010): Generalized Darwinism and evolutionary economic geography. In Boschma, R. and R. Martin (eds): The Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography, pp. 43-61. Edward Elgar.

Essletzbichler, J. (2010): Darwinism and geography. In Warf, B. (ed). Encyclopedia of Geography. Volume 2: 665-668. Sage.

Essletzbichler, J. (2010): Path dependence. In Warf, B. (ed). Encyclopedia of Geography.Volume 4: 2133-2135. Sage.

Essletzbichler, J. (2009). Evolutionary economic geography, institutions and political economy. Economic Geography 85: 159-165.

Essletzbichler, J. (2009): Should economic geographers count? Geography Compass 3. 237-255.

Essletzbichler, J. and D.L. Rigby (2007): Exploring evolutionary economic geographies. Journal of Economic Geography 7: 549-571.

Essletzbichler, J. (2007): Diversity, stability and regional growth in the United States (1975-2002). In Frenken, K. (ed): Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography, 203-229. Edward Edgar, Cheltenham.

Essletzbichler, J. (2007): The geography of gross employment flows in British manufacturing. European Urban and Regional Studies 14: 7-26.

Rigby, D.L and J. Essletzbichler (2006): Technological variety, technological change and a geography of production techniques. Journal of Economic Geography 6: 45-70.

Essletzbichler,J. (2006): Steinbrüche der Theoriebildung: Manuel Castells, David Harvey und die Widerstände in der kapitalistischen Stadt - Ein e-mail Gespräch mit An Architektur, Regina Bittner, Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Roger Keil, Margit Mayer, Christian Schmid. An Architektur 17 supplement, 1-15.

Essletzbichler, J. (2006): Economic Geography. In Ritzer, G. (ed): The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 1297-1300. Blackwell: Oxford and Malden.

Essletzbichler, J. and D. L. Rigby (2005): Technological evolution as creative destruction of process heterogeneity. Evidence from US Plant Level Data. Economic Systems Research 17: 25 -45.

Essletzbichler, J. and D. L. Rigby (2005): Competition, variety and the geography of technology evolution, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 95: 48-62.

Essletzbichler, J. (2004): The geography of job creation and destruction in the US Manufacturing Sector, 1967-1997. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94: 602-619.

Castree, N., Essletzbichler, J. and N. Brenner (2004): Introduction to the symposium “David Harvey’s The Limits to Capital: Two Decades On”. Antipode 36: 401-405.

Essletzbichler, J. (2003): From mass production to flexible specialization: The sectoral and geographical extent of contract work in US manufacturing. Regional Studies , vol. 37, pp. 753-771.

Rigby, D.L. And J. Essletzbichler (2002): Agglomeration economies and productivity differences in US cities. Journal of Economic Geography 2: 407-432.

Essletzbichler, J. and D.L. Rigby (2002): The impact of industry-mix, innovation, selection, plant entry and exit on metropolitan labor productivity in the United States , Urban Geography 23: 279-298.

Essletzbichler, J. (2002): Evolutionäre Wirtschaftsgeographie: Neues Forschungsparadigma oder Sackgasse? (Evolutionary economic geography: New research paradigm or dead end?) Geographischer Jahresbericht aus Österreich 59: 11-30.

Essletzbichler, J. and D.L. Rigby (2001): Industrial and regional restructuring in the US women's dress industry, 1963-1992. Environment and Planning A. 33: 1385-1410.

Rigby, D.L. and J. Essletzbichler (2000): Impacts of industry mix, technological change, selection and plant entry/exit on regional productivity growth. Regional Studies 33: 333-342.

Essletzbichler, J. and L. Winther (1999): Regional technological change and path-dependency in the Danish food processing industry. Geografiska Annaler 81 A: 179-196.

Essletzbichler, J. and C. Rammer (1999): The Austrian Association for Radical Geography: An interdisciplinary approach towards social and political change. Environment and Planning D 17: 640-644.

Essletzbichler, J., Haydamack, B. and D.L. Rigby (1998): Technical change in the US structural metals component industry. Geoforum 29: 23-35.

Rigby, D.L. and J. Essletzbichler (1997): Evolution, process variety and regional trajectories of technological change in US manufacturing. Economic Geography 73: 269-284.

Essletzbichler, J. and H. Gassler (1996): Regionalisierte Technologiepolitik in einer globalen Ökonomie (Regionalized Technology Policy in a Global Economy). Kurswechsel 2/96: 35-48.

Essletzbichler, J. und C. Rammer (1994): Die US-Rüstungsindustrie nach dem Kalten Krieg - zum Entstehen neuer Problemregionen. (The US-defense industry after the Cold War - The creation of new problem regions) In: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kritische Geographie (ed.): Zur politischen Ökonomie der USA. Kritische Geographie. Series II, no.4;

Fischer, M.M., Essletzbichler, J., Gassler, H. and G.Trichtl (1993): Telephone communication patterns in Austria: A comparison of the IPFP based graph-theoretic and the Intramax procedure. Geographical Analysis 25: 224-233.

Fischer, M.M., Essletzbichler, J., Gassler, H. and G.Trichtl (1993): Interregional and international telephone communication - Aggregate traffic models and empirical evidence for Austria. Sistemi Urbani: 121-135.

Essletzbichler, J. and E. Schiebel (1993): “Zeitynamische Analyse technologiebedingter struktureller Veränderungen im Welthandel.” (Dynamic analysis of technology-induced structural changes in world export flows). In: Giffinger, R. (ed.): Beiträge des 9. deutschsprachigen Kolloquiums für Theorie und quantitative Methoden in der Geographie in St. Georgen am Längsee, Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften 11: 161-172.


My research interests include the theoretical development of evolutionary approaches in economic geography, the identification of drivers of metropolitan economic growth and resilience in the U.S., the quantitative analysis of the the role of industrial diversity and industrial branching for urban economic transformation and the analysis of the causes of increasing income inequality at the metropolitan scale. Recent research projects include an analysis of the role of technological relatedness among industrial sectors for metropolitan industrial evolution in the U.S., an evaluation of the need for a multi-scalar approach to energy transition policy and the potential of renewable energy technology for regional path creation and the exploration of the use of Generalized Darwinist principles for the conceptual development of evolutionary economic geography.




Jurgen is member of the expert advisory panel for the Work Foundations research project “The Bottom Ten Million”,  the Just Space Workshop “Alternative Strategies for Economic Development in London” where he presented on “A strategy for diversifying London’s economic base towards manufacturing” and served as external reviewer for the Forsight “Future of Manufacturing Project" UK Government Office for Science, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

In recognition of his work on the theoretical and empirical development of evolutionary economic geography, Jurgen was invited as keynote speaker at the Regional Studies Early Career conference in Manchester (October 2013).

He was a visiting lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Salzburg in the Spring Quarter of 2013 and is a member of the editorial boards of Area (2011-present), Environment and Planning A (2010-present), Journal of Economic Geography (2010-present) and Antipode (2005-2010) and has been external PhD examiner at LSE and Queen Mary University.







  • GEOGG081 Issues in Globalisation
  • GEOGG080 Approaches to Globalisation
  • GEOGG040 Quantitative Methods
  • GEOGG090 Scales of Inequality


PhD Students


Sam Halvorsen (second supervisor)

Ana McMillin (first supervisor)

Khairul Rizal (first supervisor)