Professor in Economic Geography
Dominic Power is originally from Ireland. After working in England for a number of years he moved to Sweden in 2000 and is now a Professor in Economic Geography. His research is primarily on the cultural industries with a special emphasis on Sweden. Dominic also teaches on various topics and courses in economic geography and research methods.
Dominic’s research agenda focuses on the geographical foundations of business competencies and competitiveness and on the economic geography of contemporary economic change. Principally a series of interlinked projects on the cultural industries in Sweden forms the main focus of his research work.
In recent years there has been considerable growth in the importance of non-manufacturing based forms of production to the performance of many Western economies. This shift away from manufacturing has not simply meant a shift to a service based economy as many economies have become increasingly reliant on the production and export of activities and products traditionally considered ephemeral aspects of nations’ cultural lives. The contemporary importance of the entertainment sector to the US economy and volume of exports stands as testament to the fact that products based on cultural production have gained increasing ground in national, international and global trade. The Swedish economy has in recent years seen increased contributions being made by the media, entertainment and artistic sectors. The increasing prominence of these sectors in national economic life means that it is important that social scientists and policy-makers alike take note of the potential for economic development offered by these sectors.
In line with this interest in the cultural industries Dominic has done targeted sectoral work on:
• The design industry
• The music industry
• The fashion industry
• Quality and craftsmanship
• Virtual worlds and 3D immersive internet
• Cultural industries mapping and conceptualisation
• Consumers in innovation
• Creative Business practices
Recent work and research also focuses on:
• Statistical studies of labour market dynamics and mobility’s role in industrial transformation and competitiveness
• The examination of cluster initiatives
• The theorisation of the cluster concept with the aim of assessing the role of clusters as tools for regional economic development.
• The geography of finance and financial services agglomerations
• Innovation policy and theory
He is Board Member of Konstnärsnämnden - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee
He is Board Member of Swedish Government Council for Creative and Cultural Industries (Ledamot Rådet för kulturella och kreativa näringar)
Dominic has also acted as Scientific Advisor and Consultant to amongst others VINNOVA (The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems), VISANU, NIFU-STEP, The Icelandic Finance Ministry, The Norwegian Department of Trade and Industry, the Nordic Innovation Centre, and The Nordic Council of Ministers.
He is Professor II at The Eastern Norwegian Research Institute, Lillehammer, Norway.
2013 In press (in print March 2013) The Immersive Internet: Reflections on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy. Palgrave Macmillan.
2012 ”Quality, difference and regional advantage: The case of the winter sports industry”. European Urban and Regional Studies, first published on July 5, 2012 doi:10.1177/09697764124480892012 “Creativity and innovation in the Scandinavian design industry”. In Paul Jeffcutt and Andy C Pratt (eds.) Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Economy. Translated into Korean and published by Communication Books, Seoul. ISBN 9780415419758
2011 Priority Sector Report: Creative and Cultural Industries. 2nd Edition. Luxembourg: European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union. ISBN: 978-92-79-18470-3
2011 “Constructing brands from the outside? Brand channels, cyclical clusters and global circuits.” In Brand and Branding Geographies, Editor: AJ Pike. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar ISBN 978-1-84980-159-1 (with Johan Jansson)
2011 "Emerging Themes in Economic Geography: Outcomes of the Economic Geography 2010 Workshop." Economic Geography 87(2): 111-126.
2010 “Consumption, culture and creativity”. In A Handbook of Local and Regional Development. Editors: Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-54831-1 (with Allen J Scott).
2010 “The difference principle? Shaping competitive advantage in the cultural product industries", Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 92 (2): 1–14.
2010 “Fashioning a global city: creating and maintaining global city status in the fashion and design industries, the case of Milan.” Regional Studies vol 44. No7, 889-904. (with Johan Jansson)
2010 Creative Business - 10 Lessons to Help Build a Business Your Way. Volante, Stockholm. www.creativebusiness.org
2010 Priority Sector Report: Creative and Cultural Industries. European Cluster Observatory and European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry (with Tobias Nielsén) http://www.clusterobservatory.eu/upload/CreativeAndCulturalIndustries.pdf
2009 “Culture, Creativity and Experience in Nordic and Scandinavian Cultural Policy”. International Journal of Cultural Policy. Vol 15, no.4, 445-460.
2009 Users’ role in innovation processes in the sports equipment industry – experiences and lessons. Nordic Innovation Centre, Oslo. (with Hans Olav Bråtå, Svein Erik Hagen, Atle Hauge, Tanja Kotro, Mikko Orrenmaa, Dominic Power, Petteri Repo).
2009 “The Spaces and Places of Swedish Fashion”. European Planning Studies, 17(4): 529 - 547. (with Atle Hauge and Anders Malmberg)
2009 A Penny For Your Thoughts - 10 lessons to help you invest in and grow with a creative business. Norden, Oslo. ISBN: 978-3-86560-507-8 (with Tobias Nielsén and Margret Sigurdardottir).
2009 “Creativity and innovation in the Scandinavian design industry”. In Paul Jeffcutt and Andy C Pratt (eds.) Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Economy. Routledge Studies in Global Competition. Routledge, London. ISBN: 978-0-415-41975-8.
2009 Book Review: ‘The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City, by Elizabeth Currid’. Economic Geography, vol 85, no 1, p101.
2008 “Labour Market Dynamics and the Development of the ICT Cluster in the Stockholm Region.” In C. Karlsson (ed.) Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (with Mats Lundmark) ISBN 978 1 84720 842 2.
2008 “Cyclical Clusters in Global Circuits: Overlapping Spaces and Furniture Industry Trade Fairs.” Economic Geography. Vol. 84, No. 4, pp423-448 (with Johan Jansson)
2008 “An Economic Sociological Look at Geography”. Economic Sociology. Volume 9, Number 3| July, pp3-14. (with Patrik Aspers and Sebastian Kohl)
2008 “The Contribution of Universities to Innovation and Economic Development: In What Sense a Regional Problem?” Paper for special issue (issue editors Susan Christopherson, Jonathan Michie and Michael Kitson) of the Cambridge Journal on Regions, Economy and Society. Volume 1, Issue 2, pp233-245(with Anders Malmberg)
2008. Leva på Kultur: Preliminära resultat från en studie av kulturella näringar. CIND 2008:1, Uppsala. (with Johan Jansson)
2008 The difference principal: shaping competitive advantage in the cultural product industries. DIME Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe Network of Excellence, Intellectual Property Rights Working Papers Series.
2008. “Re-making Northern places: Cultural Industries and Place”. In Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Brynhild Granås.(eds.) Mobility and Place: Enacting European Peripheries. Ashgate, London. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7141-1.
2008 “L’accès au marché des produits culturels suédois: réflexions depuis la « périphérie » ”. In Leriche F., Daviet S., Sibertin-Blanc M., Zuliani J-M. (dir.), L'économie culturelle et ses territoires, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, Toulouse.
2008 “No man’s brand - Brands, institutions, fashion and the economy”. Growth and Change. Volume 39, Issue 1, pp123–143. (with Atle Hauge)
2007 “Competitiveness, local production systems and global commodity chains in the music industry: entering the US market”. Regional Studies, Volume 41, 3, pp. 377 - 389. (with Daniel Hallencreutz)
2007 “Labour Market Dynamics and the Development of the ICT Cluster in the Stockholm Region.” CIND Research Papers 2007:1. CIND: Uppsala. (with Mats Lundmark).
2006 “No man’s brand – Brands, institutions, fashion and the economy”. CIND Research Papers 2006:3. CIND: Uppsala. (with Atle Hauge).
2006 The Image of the City – Urban Branding as Constructed Capabilities in Nordic City Regions. Report commissioned by the Nordic Innovation Centre. Oslo. (with Johan Jansson)
2006 “True Clusters / A Severe Case of Conceptual Headache”. In B. Asheim, P. Cooke and R. Martin (eds.) Clusters in Regional Development, Regional Development and Public Policy Series. Routledge: London. (with Anders Malmberg ) ISBN: 0415349141
2006 Nordic Design for a Global Market - Policies for developing the design industry in the Nordic Region. Report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers Department of Cultural Policy. Copenhagen.
2006 Creative Directions – a Nordic framework for supporting the creative industries. Report commissioned by the Nordic Innovation Centre. Oslo.
2005 “(How) Do (Firms In) Clusters Create Knowledge?” Special Issue on Knowledge Geographies. Industry and Innovation, Vol. 12, No.4, pp. 409-431.(with Anders Malmberg).
2005 International Competitiveness and the Experience industries. Visanu (Invest in Sweden Agency – Nutek – Vinnova) Report 2005:15. Stockholm. (with Niklas Gustavsson).
2005 “Music and creative profits”. In A. Bennett, B. Shank, J. Toynbee (ed.) Popular Music Studies Reader. Routledge: London. (with Daniel Hallencreutz). ISBN: 0415307104.
2005 “Competitiveness, local production systems and global commodity chains in the music industry: entering the US market”. CIND Research Papers 2005:2. CIND: Uppsala. (with Daniel Hallencreutz).
2005 The Future in Design – Final Report on the Competitiveness and Industrial Dynamics of the Nordic Design Industry. Nordic Innovation Centre, Oslo. ISBN: 91-506-1793-1 www.nordicdesign.org
2005 “On the role of global demand in local innovation processes?”. In P. Shapira and G. Fuchs (eds.) Rethinking Regional Innovation and Change: Path Dependency or Regional Breakthrough? Series: Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation. Springer: New York. ISBN: 0-387-23001-7 (with Anders Malmberg).
2005 “Cultural industry cluster building”. In P Oinis and A Lagendijk (eds.) Proximity, Distance And Diversity: Issues on Economic Interaction and Local Development. Ashgate Publishers: London. ISBN 0754640744 (with Daniel Hallencreutz).
2004 The Cultural Industries and the Production of Culture. Co-edited book with Allen J. Scott (University of Los Angeles, USA). Routledge: London and New York. ISBN: 0-415-33101-3
2004 “Cultural industry cluster building”. In P Oinis and A Lagendijk (eds.) Proximity, Distance And Diversity: Issues on Economic Interaction and Local Development. Ashgate Publishers: London. ISBN 0754640744 (with Daniel Hallencreutz).
2004 T. Haraldsen, S. K. Flygind, K. Overvåg and D. Power (2004). Kartlegging av kulturnæringene i Norge - økonomisk betydning, vekst- og utviklingspotensial. ØF-Rapport nr.: 10/2004. Lillehammer, Nærings- og handelsdepartementet/Østlandsforskning. ISBN: 82-7356-544-0.
2004 “The emergence of a post-industrial music economy? Music and ICT synergies in Stockholm, Sweden.” Geoforum, Volume 35, no.4, pp.425-439. (with Johan Jansson).
2004 “Working Through Knowledge Pools: Labour Market Dynamics, The Transference Of Knowledge And Ideas, And Industrial Clusters”. Urban Studies, volume 41, no. 5/6, pp.1025-1044. (with Mats Lundmark).
2003 “The Nordic ‘Cultural Industries’: a cross-national assessment of the place of the cultural industries in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden”. Geografiska Annaler B. Volume 85, Number 3, 167-180.
2003 Final Report: Behind the music - Profiting from Sound: A Systems Approach to the Dynamics of Nordic Music Industry. Nordic Industrial Fund – Centre for Innovation and Commercial Development, Oslo. http://www.step.no/music/Report.htm
2003 “(How) Do clusters create knowledge?” DRUID Summer Conference 2003 on Creating, Sharing And Transferring Knowledge - The role of Geography, Institutions and Organizations. (with Anders Malmberg).
2003 “Working Through Knowledge Pools: Labour Market Dynamics, The Transference Of Knowledge And Ideas, And Industrial Clusters”. DRUID Summer Conference 2003 on Creating, Sharing And Transferring Knowledge - The role of Geography, Institutions and Organizations. (with Mats Lundmark).
2002 “Profiting from creativity? The music industry in Stockholm, Sweden and Kingston, Jamaica”. Environment and Planning A. Volume 34, Number 10, 1833 - 1854 (with Daniel Hallencreutz)
2002 “The ‘Cultural Industries’ in Sweden: an assessment of their place in the Swedish economy” Economic Geography Volume 78, Number 2, 103-128.
2002 “IT and institutions in the structuring of European finance: urban impacts” Economic and Industrial Democracy. Volume 23, Number 3, 335-356.
2002 “Putting Porter into Practice? cluster-building in Sweden” European Planning Studies. Volume 10, Number 6, 685-704. (with Per Lundequist).
2001 “Working and voting for a world class city? A critical viewpoint on the role of the Corporation of London’s place in London governance” The London Journal, Volume 26, Number 2, 51-65.
2001 “The Spatial and the Economy” Review of International Political Economy, Volume 8, Number 3, 548-556.
2001 “Putting Porter into practice? Cluster-building and innovation in the Swedish regional economy”. In A. Maconochie and S. Hardy (eds.) Regionalising the Knowledge Economy. Regional Studies Association: Seaford. ISBN: 1-897721-18-8. (with Per Lundequist).
2001. “Economic Globalization” in J. Michie (ed.) Reader’s Guide to the Social Sciences. Fitzroy Dearbon: London.
2001. “Information and Communications Technology and the Integration of European Derivatives Markets” in Worlds of E-Commerce: economic, geographical and social dimensions edited by Stanley Brunn & Thomas Leinbach. Wiley: Chichester.
Awarded ‘best lecturer 2009’ by the student organisation Föreningen Uppsalaekonomerna (Föreningen Uppsalaekonomernas pedagogikpris 2009). The award was given after students nominated and voted in an election they organised. See more
• D.Phil. in Geography. School of Geography, University of Oxford, (Wadham College) Oxford, UK. Title: The Alienation of the Public in the City of London.
• M.Phil. in Politics, University of Oxford, Wadham College, Oxford, UK.
• First Class Honours (Double First) BA Degree in Political Science and Sociology Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
• Lecturer in Economic Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK http://www.geog.nottingham.ac.uk
• Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK http://www.geography.dur.ac.uk/