Journal article

Institutional Context and Cluster Emergence: The Biogas Industry in Southern Sweden

Hanna Martin, Lars Coenen

EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Abstract: According to some scholars in evolutionary economic geography (EEG), the role of (territory-specific) institutions is relatively small for explaining where a new industry emerges and grows as firms develop routines in a path-dependent and idiosyncratic manner. This article evaluates this assertion by studying the evolution of the biogas industry in the region of Scania in Southern Sweden. The biogas is predominantly used as a fuel in the regional transport system and is considered as a crucial means to achieve environmental goals in the region. Recently, regional public policy has been actively promoting this biogas industry, aiming for cluster development. Drawing on literature fr..

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Grants

Awarded by VINNOVA


Awarded by Swedish Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from the Cluster Life Cycles project funded by the European Science Foundation, the KIBIOS project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the TOP-NEST project funded by Nordic Energy Research. Moreover, this work was supported by VINNOVA [core funding grant 2013-05115] and by the Swedish Research Council [Linnaeus grant 349-2006-80].