Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU)
Section of Economic Geography

Jan Lambooy

Emeritus professor

Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU)
Section of Economic Geography
Faculty of Geosciences
Utrecht University

Postal address: P.O. Box 80.115 - 3508 TC Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Fax + 31 (0) 30 253 2037
Email: j.lambooy@ geo.uu.nl


Research interests
Journal articles
Book sections
Professional publications
Inaugural lecture
Valedictory lecture
Recent prizes and honours

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"Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography"


Research interests
  • Evolutionary economics and complexity theory
  • Urban and regional economics


A selection of journal articles

Lambooy, J.G. (2012). Schumpeter: the innovating economist. In: Regional Studies Association: Regional Insights, Vol.3 (2).

Lambooy, J.G. (2012). Jean Gottmann: Voorloper van de stedelijke kenniseconomie. In: Agora. Jaargang 28, nr 4, 2012.

Lambooy, J. G. (2010), Knowledge transfers, spillovers and actors: The role of context and social capital. European Planning Journal, 18(6), pp. 873-891.

Baarsma, B.E. & Lambooy, J. G. (2005), Valuation of externalities through neo-classical methods by including institutional variables. Transportation Research, Part D, 10(6), pp. 459-475.

Lambooy, J.G. (2005), Innovation and knowledge: theory and regional policy. European Planning Studies 13 (8), pp. 1137-1152.

Lambooy, J.G. (2004), The transmission of knowledge, emerging networks, and the role of universities: An evolutionary approach, European Planning Studies 12(5), pp. 643-657.

Boschma, R.A. & J.G. Lambooy (2002), Knowledge, market structure and economic coordination: dynamics of industrial districts. Growth and Change 33(3), pp. 291-311.

Lambooy, J.G. (2002), Knowledge and urban economic development: An Evolutionary Perspective. Urban Studies 39 (5-6), pp. 1019-1035.

Boschma, R.A. & J.G. Lambooy (2000), The prospects of an adjustment policy based on collective learning in old industrial regions. GeoJournal 49 (4), pp. 391-399.

Lambooy, J.G. & R.A. Boschma (2001), Evolutionary economics and regional policy. Annals of Regional Science 35 (1), pp. 113-133.

Boschma, R.A. & J.G. Lambooy (1999), Evolutionary economics and economic geography. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 9 (4), pp. 411-429.

Hueting, R., L. Reijnders, B. de Boer, J.G. Lambooy & H. Jansen (1998), The concept of environmental function and its valuation. Ecological Economics 25(1), pp. 31-35.

Lambooy, J.G. (1998), Polynucleation and economic development: The Randstad. European Planning Studies 6 (4), pp. 457-467.

Lambooy, J.G. (1997), Knowledge production, organisation and agglomeration economies. GeoJournal 41(4), pp. 293-300.

Lambooy, J.G. (1993), European Cities: from carrefour to organisational nexus. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG), 84(4), pp.258-268.

Lambooy, J.G. & E. van der Krabben (1993), A theoretical framework for the functioning of the Dutch property market. Urban Studies 30(8), pp.1381-1397.

Lambooy, J.G. (1987), Information and Internationalization. Revue d'Economie Régionale et Urbaine 5, pp.719-731.

Lambooy, J.G. (1973), Economic and geonomic space: some theoretical considerations in the case of urban core symbiosis. Papers of the Regional Science Association 31, pp. 145-158.

Lambooy, J.G. (1969), City and city region in the perspective of hierarchy and complementarity. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (TESG), May/June, pp. 141-154.

A selection of book sections

Stam, E. and J.G. Lambooy (2012). Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Space and Place: Evolutionary economic geography meets Austrian economics. In: D.A. Andersson (Ed), The Spatial Market Process. Bingley,UK: Emerald Group, pp.81-105.

Lambooy, J.G. (2012). Continuity and Change: periods of economic turning points. In: A. Kuklinski and K. Pawlowski (Eds), Turning Points of World History. Nowy Sacz: National Louis University, pp. 165-173.

Lambooy, J.G. (2012). The evolution of spatial patterns over long time-horizons: the relation with technology and economic development. In: R. Boschma and R. Martin (Eds), The Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 471-487.

Lambooy, J.G. (2010). The Twain shall meet: science, technology and the Global Shift to Asia. In: A. Kuklinski and K. Pawlowski (Eds), The Atlantic Community. Nowy Sacz: National Louis University, pp.114-123.

Boschma, R.A. and J.G. Lambooy (2008). Evolutionary economics and economic geography. In: U. Witt (Ed), Recent Developments in Evolutionary Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Lambooy, J.G. and R.A. Boschma (2007). Evolutionary economics and regional policy. In: M.N. Jovanovic (Ed), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 72-91.

Boschma, R.A. and J.G.Lambooy (2007). The prospect of an adjustment policy based on collective learning in old industrial regions. In: M.N. Jovanovic (Ed), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firs and Industries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 149-157.

Boschma, R.A. and J.G.Lambooy (2007). Evolutionary economics and economic geography. In: M.N. Jovanovic (Ed), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 53-71.

Lambooy, J.G. (2007), Stedelijke economische groei: de locatie van productiviteitsstijging. In: J. van Dijk en V. Schutjens (Red.), De Economische Kracht van de Stad. Assen: Van Gorcum, pp.21-42.

Lambooy, J.G. (2007), Relational spaces and relational dynamics: the conditions of knowledge diffusion and innovation. In: P. Jakubowska, A. Kuklinski and P. Zuber (eds.), The Future of European Regions.  Warsaw: Ministry of Regional Development, pp.254-264 (pdf).

Lambooy, J.G. (2006), Knowledge dissemination and innovation in urban regions: an evolutionary approach. In: F.J. Carrillo (ed.) Knowledge Cities. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp.223-233.

Lambooy, J.G. (2005), Future of Innovative Europe – The case of the Netherlands. In: K. Kuklinski & K. Pawlowski (eds.), Europe – The Strategic Choices: 65-74. Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu – National-Louis University, Nowy Sacz (Poland).

Lambooy, J.G., & F.G. van Oort (2005), Agglomerations in equilibrium? In: S. Brakman & H. Garretsen (eds)., Location and Competition. London: Routledge, pp. 79-108.

Boschma, R.A., J.G. Lambooy & V.A.J.M. Schutjens (2003), Regional innovation systems, market structure and embeddedness: the transformation of regional economic configurations. In: V. Lo and E.E. Schamp (eds.), Knowledge, learning and regional development. Münster, LITVerlag, pp. 13-38.

Lambooy, J.G. & F.G. van Oort (2003), Agglomeratie(s) in evenwicht? In: S. Brakman and H. Garretsen (red.), Competitie en Ruimte. Pre-adviezen van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Staatshuishoudkunde. Amsterdam: DNB, pp. 67-94.

Lambooy, J.G. (2003), Firms, regions and resources in a globalizing economy: a relational view. In: I.S.A. Baud & J. Post (eds), Realigning actors in an urbanizing world. London:Ashgate, pp. 25-42.

Boschma, R.A., J.G. Lambooy & V.A.J.M. Schutjens (2002), Embeddedness and innovation. In: M. Taylor & S. Leonard (eds.), Embedded enterprise and social capital. International perspectives, Aldershot:Ashgate, pp. 19-35.

Lambooy, J.G. (2002), De innovatieve stad en de arbeidsmarkt. In: S. Musterd & H. Ottens (red.), Strijd om de stad; Sociale en economische integratie in de stedelijke samenleving. Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. pp. 73-87.

Lambooy, J.G. (2001), Firms, regions and resources: a relational view. In: I.Baud, L. de Haan & T. Dietz (eds), Re-aligning Government, Civil Society and the Market. New challenges in urban and regional development. Essays in Honour of G.A. de Bruijne, pp. 209-227. Amsterdam:Agids.

Lambooy, J.G. (2001), Globalization, regional contexts and governnance: A relational perspective. In: Bünz, H. and Kuklinski, A. (eds.), Globalization - Experiences and prospects, pp. 295-305. Warsaw: Oficina Wydawnicza 'Rewasz'/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Lambooy, J.G. (2001), Stedelijke netwerken en economische ontwikkeling. In: F. Boekema & E. Kuijpers (red.), Stedelijke netwerken: theoretische en empirische reflecties, pp. 93-99.Maastricht:Shaker Publications.

Lambooy, J.G. & E. Wever (2001), Locations and the competition for space: spatial economic policy in the Netherlands. In: Boekema, F. (ed.), Spatial Economic Policy: Some critical reflections from a Dutch and a Belgian perspective, pp. 3-9. Maastricht:Shaker Publications.

Manshanden, W., Lambooy, J.G. & C. van der Vegt (2001), The Netherlands: knowledge-intensive service markets in a small open economy. In: P. Wood (ed.), Consultancy and Innovation. The business service revolution in Europe, pp. 152-174. London and New York:Routledge.

Manshanden, W.J., J.G. Lambooy, J.G. & L. Endendijk (2001), Innovation in the Amsterdamregion. In: Simmie, J. (ed.), Innovative cities, pp.129-154. Londen/New York: Spon Press.

Atzema, O.A.L.C. & J.G. Lambooy (2000), Agglomeration economies and migration of firms. In: J. van Dijk and P.H. Pellenbarg (eds.), Demography of firms. Spatial dynamics of firm behaviour. NGS 262, Utrecht/Groningen: KNAG, pp. 123-140.

Lambooy, J.G. (2000), Learning and agglomeration economies: Adapting to differentiating economic structures. In: F. Boekema, K. Morgan, S. Bakkers & R. Rutten (eds.), Knowledge, Innovation and Economic Growth. The theory and practice of learning regions. Cheltenham, etc.: Edward Elgar, pp.17-37.

Lambooy, J.G. (2000), Regional Growth, Knowledge and Innovation. In: A. Kuklinski & W.M. Orlowski (eds.), The knowledge-based economiy - The global challenges of the 21st century. Warsaw: State Committee for Scientific Research of the Republic of Poland, pp. 100-113.

Atzema, O.A.L.C. & J.G. Lambooy (1999), Urban economic evolution in the Netherlands. In: E. Wever (ed.), Cities in perspective I; economy, planning and the environment. Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. 11-28.

Boschma, R.A. & J.G. Lambooy (1998), Economic evolution and the adjustment of the spatial matrix of the regions. In: F. Boekema and J. van Dijk (eds.), Innovatie en bedrijf in de regio. Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. 121-138.

Lambooy, J.G (1998), Geopolitics and spatial economic relations. In: G. Gorzelak & B. Jalowiecki (eds.), The identity of central Europe, pp 107-112. Warsaw: Euroreg/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Regional and Local Studies, no. 13).

Lambooy, J.G. (1997), Spatial behaviour and structure: the case of agglomeration economies. In: B. Helmsing & J. Guimarães (eds.), Locality, State and Development. Essays in the honour of Jos G.M. Hilhorst, pp. 219-228. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies.

Lambooy, J.G. & F. Moulaert (1995), The Economic Organization of Cities. In : IVième Journées IFRESI, Autour de la Construction Sociale de l’Emploi, les Performances Organisationnelles, Organisation des Villes, pp.203-221. Lille: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Lille 1, Lille 2, Lille 3.

Lambooy, J.G. (1993), Structure and transformation: regional capital cities. In: P. Kooy & P. Pellenbarg (eds.), Capital Cities in Europe. Groningen.

Lambooy, J.G (1993), Regional economic development in Europe: external or internal resources. In: J. van Dijk & M.W. de Jong (eds.), Steden en Regio's in Europa; Nieuwe ideeën in Nederlands ruimtelijk onderzoek (Cities and regions in Europe; new ideas in Dutch spatial research). Groningen: RSA.

Lambooy, J.G and R.C. Kloosterman (1992), The Randstad: a Welfare Region? In: F.M. Dieleman and S. Musterd (eds.), The Randstad: a Research and Policy Laboratory. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Lambooy, J.G. (1991), Service activities and regional development. In: M. de Smidt and E. Wever (eds), Regional Development Strategies and Territorial Production Complexes, pp. 145-155. Amsterdam: Nederlandse Geografische Studies, nr.130.

Lambooy, J.G. (1991), Complexity, formations, and networks. In: M. de Smidt & E. Wever (eds.), Complexes, formations and networks, pp. 15-24. Utrecht/Nijmegen: KNAG.

Lambooy, J.G. (1988), Global cities and the world economic system; rivalry and decision-making'. In: L. Deben, W.F. Heinemeijer et al. (eds.), Capital cities as achievements, pp. 45-51. Amsterdam: Centre for Metropolitan Research.

Lambooy, J.G. (1988), Development trajectories of regions. In: Z. Chojnicki (ed.), Concepts and methods in geography, pp. 131-147. Poznan: Adam Mickiewicz University.

Lambooy, J.G. & P.H. Renooy (1987), (With P.H. Renooy) 'Informal economy and the labour market; relations with the economic order'. In: I. Gordon (ed.), Unemployment, the regions and labour markets; reactions to recession, pp. 172-193. London: Pion Publications (London Papers in Regional Science Nr.17).

Lambooy, J.G. (1986), Regional development trajectories and small enterprises; the case of the Amsterdamregion'. In: Ph. Aydalot (ed.), Milieux Innovateurs en Europe, pp. 57-79. Paris: GREMI.

Lambooy, J.G. (1986), Locational decisions and regional structure. In: J.H.P. Paelinck (ed.), Human behaviour in geographical space, pp. 149-162. London

Lambooy, J.G. & P.P. Tordoir (1986), Professional services and regional development; a conceptual approach. In: S. Illeris (ed.), The present and future role of services in regional development, pp.50-77. Brussels: EEC.

Lambooy, J.G. & M.W. de Jong (1986), Urban dynamics and the new firm; the position of Amsterdam in the Northern Rimcity. In: D. Keeble & E. Wever (eds.), New firms and regional development in Europe, pp. 203-224. London: Croom Helm, 1986.

Lambooy, J.G. & C. van der Vegt (1986), Segmentation theories and manpower policy in Dutch cities. In: P. Nijkamp (ed.), Technological change, employment and spatial dynamics, pp.262-280. Berlin/New York: Springer Verlag, 1986.

Lambooy, J.G. (1984), The regional ecology of technological change'. In: J.G. Lambooy (ed.), New Spatial Dynamics and Economic Crisis, pp. 63-77. Tampere: Finnpublishers.

Lambooy, J.G. (1972), City and the city region in the perspective of hierarchy and complementarity. In: Peter Schöller (Hrsg.) Zentralitätsforschung, pp. 132-164. Darmstadt.


Atzema, O., T. van Rietbergen, J. Lambooy en S. van Hoof (2012). Ruimtelijke economische dynamiek. Bussum: Coutinho,. ( Derde herziene druk).

Boschma, R.A., K. Frenken & J.G. Lambooy (2002), Evolutionaire Economie. Een inleiding. Bussum: Coutinho.

Atzema, O.A.L.C., J.G. Lambooy & E. Wever (2002). Space and Location (in Dutch). Muiderberg: Coutinho.

Atzema, O.A.L.C., J.G. Lambooy & E. Wever (1997), Regional Economic Development (in Dutch). Muiderberg: Coutinho.

Hart, H.W. ter & J.G. Lambooy (1989), Urban economic dynamics (in Dutch). Muiderberg: Coutinho

Lambooy, J.G. (1987), Labour: an economic good? (in Dutch). Assen: Van Gorcum

Lambooy, J.G. (1986) (3 reprints): Regional Economic Dynamics (in Dutch). Muiderberg: Coutinho

Kulinski, A. & J.G. Lambooy (1984), Regional Policy on Crossroads. The Hague: Mouton

Lambooy, J.G. (1983), Grip on the City (in Dutch). The Hague: WRR

Bours, A. & J.G. Lambooy (1974), The Development of Metropolitan Areas (in Dutch). Assen: Van Gorcum

Lambooy, J.G. (1972), Economics and Space (2 volumes) (in Dutch). Assen: Van Gorcum (2nd edition 1975, 3rd edition 1983)

Lambooy, J.G. (1969), Agricultural Reform in Tunisia (in Dutch). Assen: Van Gorcum

Lambooy, J.G. (1967), Metropolitan development (in Dutch); The Hague: Union of Local Authorities

Professional publications (from 1998)

2. Lambooy, J.G. (2012). The Meuse-Rhine Euroregion: demographic and economic development. In: Wiardi Beckmanstichting: The Hague.

Boschma, R.A. en J.G. Lambooy (2008). Toeval of niet? Evolutie in de Economische geografie. In: R. van Kempen, I. van Aalst, K. Frenken en A. Zoomers (Eds), Honderd jaar geografie in Utrecht. Utrecht: Faculteit Geowetenschappen, pp.101-106.

Lambooy, J.G. (2004), Geschakelde metropolen en de tussengebieden, VROMRAAD Essay, Den Haag: VROM.

Lambooy, J.G. (2003), Grote stedenbeleid en economische ontwikkeling. Rooilijn, 36(8).

Praag, B.M.S. van & J.G. Lambooy (2003), Het Demografisch Probleem. Liberaal Reveil

Atzema, O.A.L.C. & J.G. Lambooy (2002), Het toegangstijdperk staat of valt met coördinatie. Stedebouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening 83, 5, pp. 18-21.

Atzema, O.A.L.C. & J.G. Lambooy (2002), Hogere prioriteit steden noodzakelijk. Economisch Statistische Berichten 87, 4360, pp. 378-379.

Bugge, K.E., Lambooy, J.G., & Spit, T.J.M. (2002). Innovatieve Bedrijfsterreinen. Achtergronddocument voor Habiforum. Utrecht/Deventer: Universiteit Utrecht/Saxion Hogeschool Deventer.

Lambooy, J.G. (2002), Interactie tussen ruimte en beheer. Economisch Statistische Berichten, ESB-Dossier, 87(4383), pp. 11-13.

Lambooy, J.G. (2002), Ruimte voor complexiteit – Over veranderende structuren, zelf-organisatie en netwerken in de Economische geografie. Afscheidscollege Universiteit Utrecht. Utrecht: FRW.

Vet, J.M. de, J.G. Lambooy & E. Witte (2002), Amsterdam mist troeven. Economisch Statistische Berichten 87, 19 April, pp. 311-313.

Lambooy, J.G. & E.J. Visser (2001), Logistiek en Ruimtelijk gedrag van ondernemingen. In: Rooilijn 34(9), november, pp. 442-447.

Lambooy, J.G. (2000), Regional growth, knowledge and innovation. Home Rule & Civil Society, 11 (The Local Public Entity Study Organization, Chuogakuin University, Japan, ISBN 0917-785X).

Lambooy, J.G., E. Nagengast, N. Raat & L. Veldkamp (2000), De ruimtelijke effecten van ICT in Nederland. Rapport van Regioplan in opdracht van de Rijks Planologische Dienst. Den Haag: VROM.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Bedrijf, ruimte en governance in de netwerkeconomie: spanning tussen territoir en virtuele relaties. Stedebouw and Ruimtelijke Ordening, 80, 6 (special over ruimtelijk economisch beleid), pp. 4-9.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Bedrijf, ruimte en governance in de netwerkeconomie: spanning tussen territoir en virtuele relaties. Stedebouw and Ruimtelijke Ordening, 80, 6 (special over ruimtelijk economisch beleid), pp. 4-9.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Herstructurering en de stedelijke economie: verandering en continuïteit. In: H. Priemus en E. Philipsen (eds.), Vitale on ongedeelde steden: naar een verbeterde woonkwaliteit en economische vitaliteit, pp. 245-28. Delft: Delft University Press (OTB-Studiedagverslag 13).

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Randstad Metropool? Real Estate Magazine

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Regionale identiteit als 'waarde' en als 'belang'. Osmose, 4, pp. 5-12.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Ruimte voor een informatie-economie: Vijfde Nota moet verschuiving in productiestructuur verdisconteren. Geografie, 8, 1 (januari), pp. 25-27.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Ruimtelijke ontwikkeling met PPS: hybryde organisatie. Rooilijn 33, 10(6), pp. 291-296.

Lambooy, J.G. (1999), Steden als kenniscentra. Rooilijn 10(3), pp. 129-137.

Praag, B.M.S. van, I. Overtoom, M.L. Kok, B.E. Baarsma en J.G. Lambooy (1999), De schaduwprijs van geluidhinder door vliegtuigen rond Schiphol. Rapport in opdracht van de Rijksluchtvaartdienst. Amsterdam: UvA/SEO, november.

Kumcu, A., J.G. Lambooy en Safakioglu (1998), De financiering van Turkse ondernemingen. In: J. Rath and R. Kloosterman (eds.), Rijp en Groen; Het zelfstandig ondernemerschap van immigranten in Nederland, pp.131-143. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.

Lambooy, J.G. (1998), Agglomeratievoordelen en ruimtelijke ontwikkeling: steden in het tijdperk van de kenniseconomie. Utrecht: Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht (Inaugurele rede).

Lambooy, J.G. (1998), Corridor: kan het heen en weer? In: J.N.H. Elerie and P.H. Pellenbarg (eds.), De welvarende periferie. Beschouwingen over infrastructuur, economie en het mozaïek van functies in Noord- en Oost-Nederland. Groningen: Regio-Projekt Uitgevers.

Lambooy, J.G. (1998), Rotterdam: een stedelijke paradox? In: Werkgelegenheids Advies Raad (WAR), Economie, Economie en nog eens Economie. Slotadvies van de Werkgelegenheids Advies Raad van de Gemeente Rotterdam, 1995-1998. Rotterdam: Bestuursdienst Rotterdam, pp. 21-37.


Inaugural lecture

Lambooy, J.G., Economies of agglomeration and spatial development: Cities in the era of the knowledge economy.Inaugural lecture, Utrecht University, 2 December 1998 (pdf)

Valedictory lecture

Lambooy, J.G., Room for complexity: about changing structures, self-organisation and networks in economic geography. Valedictory lecture, Utrecht University, 11 October 2002 (pdf)

Recent prizes and honours

Lambooy, J.G. (2005). Carfax prize for the best article in European Planning Studies 2005

Boschma, R.A. & R.C. Kloosterman (eds.) (2005), Learning from Clusters. A Critical Assessment from an Economic-Geographical Perspective. Festschrift in honour of professor Jan G. Lambooy, on the occasion of his retirement in October 2002. Dordrecht: Springer.

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