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Dieter Kogler

Associate Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
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University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Urban Institute of Ireland Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr. Dieter F. Kogler is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography at the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, and the Academic Director of the Spatial Dynamics Lab at University College Dublin. His research focus is on the geography of innovation and evolutionary economic geography, with particular emphasis on knowledge production and diffusion, and processes related to technological change, innovation, and economic growth. He is involved in several interdisciplinary and multi-collaborative research projects for the European Patent Office, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Ontario, among others. He currently is also an ERC Starter Grant Holder with the following project title: Technology Evolution in Regional Economies (TechEvo). This is a 5-year, '1.5m research project with the objective to produce a series of economic indicators, models and tools which will enable firms and policy makers, across Europe, to make more informed and better location-based investment decisions to boost innovation and drive regional prosperity. The project will also deliver an advanced science and technology policy evaluation tool. His career path combines professional, education and research experience acquired in Europe, the United States, and Canada within a variety of areas pertaining to the spatial analysis of socio-economic phenomena. Professor Kogler has recently edited two special journal issues on the topics of global and regional dynamics in knowledge flows and innovation networks (European Planning Studies, 2013) and evolutionary economic geography (Regional Studies, 2015). He is also the editor of 3 recent books on these topics, most notably in this regard is his 'Beyond Territory: Dynamic Geographies of Knowledge Creation, Diffusion, and Innovation' volume. He has also contributed a number of highly relevant book chapters to prestigious Handbook series, including the Handbook of Technology and Innovation Management, the Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, and the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy. He is an Editor of Regional Studies and an Editorial Board member of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, both of which are highly regarded top-tier peer-reviewed journals concerned with research on the spatial dimensions of contemporary socio-economic processes. He is also an editor of the Economic Geography book series published by Springer. Since 2014 he is a Board Member (Conference and Events Coordinator) of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), which serves as a global forum for city and regional research, development and policy, as well as an Associate Editor for the RSA's interdisciplinary open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science. In 2016, he spent a period as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENoS) at the University of Cagliari and University of Sassari in Sardinia, Italy. For further information regarding ongoing projects, collaborations, and a full list of publications, please see:


  • Director
    University College Dublin, Spatial Dynamics Lab, Richview Campus, Belfield, Dublin, D04 V1W8, Ireland1 May 2017


  • Post Doctoral Fellow
    Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto1 Sep 2009 - 1 Sep 2010
  • Research Assistant
    University of Toronto1 Sep 2006 - 1 Jun 2010
  • Graduate Assistant Library Technician
    University of Toronto - Data Library Services1 Sep 2004 - 1 Jul 2009


  • Regional Energy Assessment Model (REAM) Research Assistant
    Environment Canada, Engineering2 Sep 2007 - 29 May 2009
  • Skills Research Initiative Research Assistant
    Industry Canada1 Sep 2004 - 31 May 2006
  • Regional Planning and Development Consultant in the Land Economics Group
    IBI Group, Toronto, ON2 Jan 2002 - 31 Aug 2004


  • BA
    University of London1999 - 2001
  • MA
    University of Toronto ON2004 - 2005
  • PhD
    University of Toronto ON2005 - 2010


  • English
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  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand