Päivi Oinas

Research Director, Geography (Department of Geography and Geology)
Economic Geography (Department of Marketing and International Business)

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Areas of expertise
Innovation districts; Innovation systems in space; Cluster transformation; Geography of the firm; Management geography; Corporate responsibility; Entrepreneurship and institutional change; Socio-spatial embeddedness of economic action


Research Director, Dept of Geography 2019-2020; Guest lecturer, University of Cologne 2019; Visiting scholar, Technical University of Berlin 2019; Project leader, TSE 2019;Research Director, CCR 2017 - 2018,;
Professor, Economic Geography, TSE 2007-2017. Previously researcher and
visiting scholar (Helsinki School of Economics; University of Uppsala 1988–89; University
of Stanford/SCANCOR 1993; UNC-North Carolina 1993; UC- Berkeley 1994; Erasmus
Rotterdam 1995​–2006).

Title of Docent: Aalto University School of Business (Geography of
the firm); Turku School of Economics (Economic Geography).

Degrees: Dr.Sc.(Econ.);
Lic.Sc.(Econ.);  M.Sc.(Econ.), Helsinki
School of Economics (now Aalto University).

Selected activities:

Advisory Editor, Springer Economic Geography Series, 2018 – .

Member, Committee of Research
and Doctoral Studies (TuJa), Turku School of Economics, August 2012 – July 2017.

Member, Board of the Doctoral
Programme of TSE, August 2012 – July 2017.

Member, OpenUTU steering
group, September 2015 – 2018.

Editorial Advisory Board Member,
European Journal of Innovation Management, 2015–2017.

Editor, Regional Studies

Book Review Editor, Regional

Vice-Chair (2009–2011) and
Chair (2011–2014), International Geographical Union (IGU) National Committee

Reviewer for leading journals
in economic geography and related disciplines

Committee Member, IGU Commission on the Organization of Industrial Space
(1992–1996; 1997–2001)​


Innovation districts in emerging and advanced
economies (IDeaS project; TSP as innovation laboratory project); MNE strategies and changing power balances in the
global economy (book project); research collaborations on the themes of management
geography; innovation systems in space; cluster transformation; start-up
entrepreneurship and institutional change (Traveling start-up scene project).


M.Sc. and Dr.Sc. supervision in Economic Geography.
Doctoral candidates: Janne Lindstedt, Susanna Kivelä, Kari Mäkeläinen, Lucía
Gomez, Jarmo Nikander, Anton Hausen, Sidath Alwis; Completed: Maria Höyssä (TSE 2013), Ewald
Kibler (TSE 2012), Caterina Marchionni (co-supervisor, Erasmus 2005), Riitta
Kosonen (HSE 2002).

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Regional industrial transformations in the interconnected global economy (2018)
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Päivi Oinas, Michaela Trippl, Maria Höyssä
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The State of African Cities 2018 : The geography of African investment : Foreign Investments in the Peripheral Global South (2018) The State of African Cities Report 2018: The Geography of African Investment Lucia Gómez, Ronald Wall, Päivi Oinas
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Placing innovation in the global economy (2017) Päivi Oinas, Arnoud Lagendijk
O2 Other)

Realities of responsible business: Structural and institutional conditions of MNE – local government bargaining (2017) Managing Culture and Interspace in Cross-border Investments: Building a Global Company Päivi Oinas, Erja Kettunen
A3 Book chapter)

Suomen meriklusteri kohti 2020-lukua (2016) Tapio Karvonen, Mikko Grönlund, Leena Jokinen, Kari Mäkeläinen, Päivi Oinas, Veijo Pönni, Tuomas Ranti, Jouni Saarni, Antti Saurama
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Spatial management of innovation activities: Evidence from the Finnish maritime cluster (2015) Kari Mäkeläinen, Jouni Saarni, Päivi Oinas
O2 Other)

The other half of the World System (2015) Lucía Gómez Charry, Ronald Wall, Päivi Oinas
O2 Other)

How entrepreneurs mobilize resources? Towards an institutional geography of firm emergence (2013) Regional Studies Association European Conference Proceedings Oinas Päivi, Ewald Kibler
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

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