Socio-economic resilience in resource-based communities

In the current research project on resilience in resource based communities (funded by the UNIBE Initiator Grant), Tina analyzes the factors relevant for social adaption to actual stressors like e.g. the recent economic crisis and environmental changes. The central question is how resource-based communities that are highly dependent on their natural resources are dealing with an augmented global competition, changing consumer demand and depopulation.

Experience: Socio-economic resilience in resource-based communities

Innovation and Innovation Policy

In a global economy affected by the financial crisis, by increasingly interconnected activities and by growing concerns for sustainable development, established models of economic and territorial development are profoundly called into question. This implies not just transposing existing theories and policy practices to new topical fields of action. It fundamentally calls for a new conception of policy intervention and territorial governance. What are the emerging approaches, practices and policies in the current context of socio-economic change? What are their possible futures in regard to territorial development and innovation policy?

INNO-Futures is a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation launched at the universities of Neuchâtel and Bern promoting interactive reflections between policy makers, regional agencies and research on the future of regional development and innovation policy.

Experience: Innovation and Innovation Policy

Geographies of Valuation

This research strand focuses on how economic and social value creation is changing. During the last centuries the dominant forms of value creation have changed from fordism (mass production) to post-fordism (flexible specialization) and financialization in the production process of economic goods and services. Furthermore, a major trend towards the aestheticization of the society can be observes leading to an augmented valorization and a transfer of social or symbolic values into the production process. As a consequence, different concepts such as the green city, the green-economy, the creative city and the creative class have emerged in the academic literature and political practice.

This research strand answers questions of how value is defined and created in different markets, e.g. in the global (fine) Arts market and the local beer market (micro breweries) in different places. Another focus lies on the link between valuation and (social) innovation in economy and society.

Experience: Geographies of Valuation


With over 10 years of teaching at different Universities, Tina is an experienced teacher. Her courses are in urban planning and economic geography; concerned with methods for regional analyses. e.g. mixes methods, qualitative analysis and are also subject-specific, e.g. regional resilience, valuation economies, creativity and economic development, market development and urban and regional economic development policies.

Academic Work


Constructions of Local and Global Markets at Three Art Fairs in Basel

Year: 2017
Speaker: Menzel, M.P. & Haisch, T.
Event: The 2017 TIAMSA Conference, July 13-15
Place: London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Weblink: Link


The rise of permanent markets made of temporary events – consolidation and exclusion in the global fashion and art circuits

In the literature, temporary and spatially limited events – like trade fairs or fashion shows – are described as temporary or cyclical clusters, where actors exchange knowledge and learn from their competitors and customers following a fixed global agenda. However, drawing on two case studies in the art and fashion world, this presentation will argue that in fact, these markets resemble permanent rather than temporary structures. Over rounds and rounds of yearly circuits, these markets became more exclusive in terms of participants and locations, leading to a consolidation of these markets. In this presentation, we challenge the myth of an “era of democratization” where anybody can enter the markets and worlds in question. Instead, we observe a consolidation in these markets through processes of direct (selection) and indirect (money) exclusion. This presentation considers the impact of consolidation and exclusion in temporary events on service providers and innovative potential in the creative economy.


Year: 2017
Speaker: Brydges, T., Haisch, T. & Menzel, M.P.
Event: 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting
Place: Stockholm
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From temporary clusters to temporary markets. The process of valuation at art fairs in Basel.

Year: 2016
Speaker: Haisch, T., Menzel, M.-P.
Event: International conference on 'The art market in a global perspective'
Place: Amsterdam
Weblink: Conference Website


Geography of Valution: a Real World Laboratory Aproach

In recent years we could observe a revival of cities, connected to an augmented concentration of creative activities in certain neighborhoods. Existing arguments explain this connection of urban growth by creative and highly qualified in-migration as driven by consumption and propensities for amenities. Yet, these approaches cannot explain the changing geography of production. Therefore, we argue that the valuation of knowledge, i.e. the negotiation about what is of value, is a crucial driver for geographical concentration. We base our argument on the necessity for geographical proximity when negotiating values under conditions of uncertainties. We exemplify our argument that valuation leads to concentration under conditions of uncertainty by using two art fairs as real world laboratories: the Art Basel and the SCOPE. We found that under conditions of uncertainty, negotiations about value require permanent interactions and result in volatile markets. From this insight, we derive expectations about an economic geography of valuation.

Year: 2017
Author: Haisch, T. & Menzel, M.-P.
Journal: CCE Working Paper Text, report No 1.
Weblink: pdf


The Geography of Valution: A real world laboratory aproach

Year: 2015
Speaker: Haisch, T. & Menzel, M.-P.
Event: 4th Global Conference on Economic Geography
Place: Oxford, UK


Working towards resilience: Is collective agency the key? Evidence from Swiss mountain tourism communities

Year: 2015
Speaker: Haisch, T.
Event: Regional Studies Association Conference
Place: Piacenza
Weblink: Conference Website


Why do entrepreneurial individuals locate in non-metropolitan regions?

This paper analyses the dynamics of personal location choices of entrepreneurs in five European non-metropolitan regions. We started with the research question as to why these highly talented and creative individuals, who could live almost anywhere in the world, chose non-metropolitan regions, instead of the vibrant urban agglomerations with multiple (business) opportunities. The analysis showed that regional embeddedness, quality of life factors (amenities), combined with a specific entrepreneurial climate, contributed to these choices. Furthermore, different types of entrepreneurs exhibited distinct location choices. On the one hand, entrepreneurs in creative industries valued an open and tolerant neighbourhood coupled with cultural amenities and qualities of the natural environment. On the other hand, entrepreneurs in other economic sectors and sciences appreciated the more traditional factors of good schools, business opportunities and an attractive housing market.

Year: 2017
Author: Haisch, T., Knall, J. & Coenen, F
Journal: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 21(3), pp. 212–233
Edition: 2017
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From temporary clusters to temporary markets. The process of valuation at art fairs in Basel.

The knowledge perspective describes trade fairs as „temporary clusters“, where interactions take place and relations form. We argue that knowledge processes are also fundamental to construct markets. Functioning markets require that seller and buyer have comparable information on an object. Fairs provide possibilities for comparison that contribute to reducing information asymmetries between buyers and sellers. Our study bases on 46 interviews taken during three fairs on contemporary art in Basel. The three art fairs differ in their means to limit access to fair space, the objects they exhibit and the environment they provide to reduce information asymmetries. We find that the more possibilities a fair provides to reduce information asymmetries, the better the calculations of sellers and buyers align and the higher the chance that supply  meets demand. By reducing information asymmetries and aligning calculations, fairs contribute to construct global markets.

Year: 2017
Author: Haisch, T. & Menzel, M.-P.
Journal: Working Paper


Interplay between ecological and economic resilience and sustainability and the role of institutions. Evidence from two resource based communities in the Swiss Alps

Alpine communities often concentrate only a few sectors that are resource-dependent, such as tourism, construction, agriculture and energy that makes them vulnerable not only to external and internal shocks but also to resource exploitation and ecological distress. The danger of exploitation rises with the opportunities of economic benefit in these regions. This paper contributes to the discussion on economic and ecological resilience and sustainability in resource dependent communities in the Swiss Alps. While human agency and institutions are proposed to be the key for change and regional development, only a limited number of studies have been conducted to investigate these micro processes in more detail. The case study shows that collective agency in adaptation processes is most likely to occur on the base of active participation of affected actors and established but flexible institutions that frame these processes and counterbalance (economic and ecological) interests. Moreover, organizational capabilities of community officials and adequate resource allocation seem to play a major role.

Year: 2017
Author: Haisch, T.
Journal: Working Paper


Working towards resilience in resource-based communities

Year: 2014
Speaker: Haisch, T.
Event: Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers AAG
Place: Tampa, FL, USA
Weblink: Meeting Programme


Location choice of the creative class. Does tolerance make a difference?

Human capital and members of the creative class are bearers of economic growth, yet little is known about exactly what the relevant factors are for the concentration of the highly skilled in a specific place. Tolerance for example is supposed to make the difference between creative and human capital. But does tolerance really make a difference for anybody? And what about other factors: Are they specifically relevant for creative individuals or simply valid for the whole population? This study contributes to the discussion on the highly skilled by investigating whether tolerance, taxes, or other regional amenities contribute to their concentration and dynamics. The results show that tolerance in particular toward immigrants, but also toward same-sex partnerships, is a rather dynamic concept, differs largely between and within functional urban regions, and makes a difference regarding the highly skilled.

Year: 2015
Author: Haisch, T. & Klöpper, C.
Journal: Journal of Urban Affairs
Edition: Volume 37, Issue 3, pp. 233–254
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Actor-specific resilience in resource-dependent communities: Shock perception and adaptive strategies of different actors in Grindelwald

Year: 2014
Author: Haisch, T., Jakob, F. & Mayer H.
Journal: CRED-Bericht
Edition: Nr. 2
Weblink: Bericht


Location choice of creative entrepreneurs in non-metropolitan regions

Year: 2013
Speaker: Haisch, T.
Event: RSG-IBG 2013 Conference
Place: London


Defining and measuring urban regions – a sensitivity analysis

This paper evaluates the impact of alternative city boundary definitions on economic performance. First we discuss the theoretical background and motivate the empirical work. Then we present the methodological concept of the sensitivity analysis, which will be applied to a variety of data of Zürich and Bern (the financial and the administrative centres of Switzerland) in order to see how the values of different indicators vary depending on the definition adopted. Finally we will show whether the empirical patterns found are statistically significant. The analysis shows, that the delimitation of a city or city region indeed matters.

Year: 2015
Author: Haisch, T. & Müller, U.
Journal: Papers in Regional Sciences
Edition: Volume 94, Issue 1, pp. 219–226
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Vulnerability and economic resilience in European regions

Year: 2012
Speaker: Haisch, T.
Event: Regional Studies Association Conference
Place: Hamburg
Weblink: Conference Programme


Evolution of capital cities economies: Towards a knowledge intensive and thus more resilient economy?

Year: 2012
Speaker: Haisch, T.
Event: Regional Studies Association Conference
Place: Kiew, UA


Capital Cities: Case study analysis of six capital cities

Year: 2012
Author: Mayer, H. & Haisch, T.
Edition: 2012
Weblink: Download Case Study


Regional economic impact of public research institutions in the region of Basel and North-Western Switzerland

Year: 2012
Author: Haisch, T.
Journal: Schwabe, Basel.
Edition: Monografie
Weblink: PDF


The economic structure of Switzerland

Type: Book Chapter, p. 49-54.

Language: German

Year: 2011
Author: U. Müller & Haisch, T.
Journal: Schweiz. Geographie, Geschichte, Wirtschaft, Politik.
Edition: WBG Darmstadt, 2011


The Evolution of the Swiss Biotech and Medtech Industry and the Influence of the Pharma-Shaped Innovation System

This paper is dealing with the influence of one dominant sector or industry within a national ecnomy and how related sectors and technologies are influenced. Research objective is the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland which we suggest shaped the development as well as the spatial distribution of related business sectors such as biotechnology and medical technology. We suppose that its influence differs significantly in terms of spatial reach, meaning that medtech and biotech have profiteered from national institutions shaped by the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, a regional impact shuld be proved in the Basel region where the pharmaceutical industry is concentrated through spin-offs and close business linkage with the pharmaceutical industry. Those suggestions are considered within the theoretical concepts of national and regional innovation systems in terms of evolution, path dependency and interactions.

Year: 2008
Author: Klöpper C. & Haisch, T.
Journal: Révue Géographique de l'Est
Edition: No 48, 3-4
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Creative and academic professions: an analysis of residential selection patterns of highly-skilled persons in the region of Basel, Switzerland

This article investigates the relation between different residential site parameters and the concentration/development of human capital. Human capital is understood here to refer to highly skilled professionals. In particular, the preferences made by persons exercising creatice or academic professions with regards residential area in the region of Basel are investigated. Results are compared to residential trends in the population at large.

The investigation highlights the strong tendency of creative and academic professionals to live in communes with low taxation rates and high tolerance values. However, the analysis of relative population change in the 1990’s indicates that it is not, as until recently suspected, a particular package of residential parameters that attract highly skilled professionals to a new place. Rather, it would seem that the chance to influence the parameters of a new residential location holds the greater attraction for this target group. Further, the observation was made, that relocation of highly skilled professionals form the centre to peripheral areas in the region of Basel during this period remained constant. Thus, not only does suburbanization appear to remain dominant in the region, it is a process which appears to affect all population groups.

Year: 2007
Author: Haisch, T. & Klöpper C.
Journal: Geographica Helvetica
Edition: Jg. 62. Heft 2. S. 75-85
Weblink: pdf