Dr. Huiwen Gong


Economic Geography

+41 31 684 88 77
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Geography
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Research focus

  • Geography of sustainability transitions
  • Geography of innovation, regional industrial dynamics
  • Regional innovation policies, innovation systems
  • Emerging industries and technological innovation management
  • Leapfrogging, unrelated diversification in peripheral regions
  • Regional expertise: China and Germany
Work Experience
Postdoctoral research fellow in Economic Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

Postdoctoral research fellow in Economic Geography, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, EAWAG (ETH-domain), Switzerland (80%)


Postdoctoral research fellow in Economic Geography, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, EAWAG (ETH-domain), Switzerland


Postdoctoral research fellow in Economic Geography, Kiel University, Germany (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin mit Zielrichtung Habilitation)


Research Associate in Economic Geography, Kiel University, Germany

PhD in Economic Geography, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
09/2012-03/2015 Master of Human Geography, Zhengjiang University, China
09/2008-07/2012 Bachelor or Urban and Rural Planning, Quanzhou Normal University, China

Visiting Scholar, CISPT, Tsinghua Universtiy, Beijing, China


Visiting PhD fellow, the Departement of Environmental Social Sciences, Eawag, Switzerland

Jump to: 2023 | 2022


Morisson, Arnault; Gong, Huiwen (2023). Leveraging National Opportunities for Regional Transformation: Multi-Scalar System-building and Legitimation in a Swiss Industrial Town. European planning studies, pp. 1-22. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/09654313.2023.2247023


Gong, Huiwen; Hassink, Robert; Foster, Christopher; Hess, Martin; Garretsen, Harry (2022). Globalisation in reverse? Reconfiguring the geographies of value chains and production networks. Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society, 15(2), pp. 165-181. Oxford University Press doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsac012

Gong, Huiwen; Hassink, Robert; Wang, Cassandra C. (2022). Strategic coupling and institutional innovation in times of upheavals: the industrial chain chief model in Zhejiang, China. Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society, 15(2), pp. 279-303. Oxford University Press 10.1093/cjres/rsac011

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Gong, H*., Binz, C., Hassink, R., & M. Trippl (2022). Emerging Industries: Institutions, Legitimacy and System Building. Regional Studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2022.2033199

Gong, H. *, Hassink. R., Fröhlich, K., & Herr, A. (2021). Exploring the scope of regions in challenge-oriented innovation policy: The case of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. European Planning Studieshttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2021.2017857

Binz, C., & Gong, H*. (2021). Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-world versus new-to-the-region industries. Regional Studies, 1-14. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00343404.2020.1861238?journalCode=cres20

Gong, H., & Hassink, R. (2020). Context sensitivity and economic-geographic (re) theorising. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society13(3), 475-490. https://academic.oup.com/cjres/article/13/3/475/5905684

Gong, H., Hassink, R*., Tan, J., and Huang, D. (2020). Regional Resilience in Times of a Pandemic Crisis: The first preliminary assessment of COVID-19 in China. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 111, 497-512. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/tesg.12447

Gong, H*. (2020). Multi-scalar legitimation of a contested industry: a case study of the Hamburg video games industry. Geoforum, 114, 1-9. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718520301226

Gong, H*., & Xin, X. (2019). Buzz and solitude, what matters for creativity? A case study of the online games industry in Shanghai. Geoforum, 106, 105-114. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335228126_Buzz_and_tranquility_what_matters_for_creativity_A_case_study_of_the_online_games_industry_in_Shanghai

Hassink, R*., & Gong, H. (2019). Six critical questions about smart specialization. European Planning Studies, 27(10), 2049-2065. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2019.1650898?journalCode=ceps20

Gong, H. & R. Hassink* (2019). Developing the Shanghai online games industry: a multi-scalar institutional perspective. Growth and Change 50(3), 1006-1025. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/grow.12306

Hassink, R⃰., Gong, H., & Marques, P. (2019). Moving beyond Anglo-American economic geography: authors’ response. International Journal of Urban Sciences, 23(2), 198-204. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/12265934.2018.1538812?journalCode=rjus20

Gong, H., & Hassink, R*. (2019). Co-evolution in contemporary economic geography: towards a theoretical framework. Regional Studies, 53(9), 1344–1355. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00343404.2018.1494824?journalCode=cres20

Hassink, R⃰., Gong, H., & Marques, P. (2019). Moving beyond Anglo-American economic geography. International Journal of Urban Sciences, 23(2), 149-169. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/12265934.2018.1469426?journalCode=rjus20

Hassink, R*., Hu, X., Shin, D. H., Yamamura, S., & Gong, H. (2018). The restructuring of old industrial areas in East Asia. Area Development and Policy, 3(2), 185-202. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23792949.2017.1413405?journalCode=rard20

Gong, H., & Hassink, R*. (2017). Exploring the clustering of creative industries. European Planning Studies, 25(4), 583-600. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2017.1289154?journalCode=ceps20

Gong, H., Hassink, R*., & Maus, G. (2017). What does Pokémon Go teach us about geography?. Geographica Helvetica, 72(2), 227-230. https://gh.copernicus.org/articles/72/227/2017/

余振, 龚惠文*, 胡晓辉 (2020). 可持续转型地理研究进展、反思与展望. 地理科学进展.

龚惠文*,季青原,金平斌 (2015). 基于空间计量模型的中国东中部地区FDI时空演变格局研究.浙江大学学报理学版, 42(5):595-604


Book chapters

Hassink, R., & Gong, H. (2021). Six critical questions about smart specialization. In: L. Lazzeretti, F. Capone, A. Caloffi, & S. R. Sedita (eds.), Rethinking Clusters; Towards a New Research Agenda for Cluster Research. London: Routledge, 171-187.

Hassink, R*., & Gong, H. (2019). New economic geography. In: Orum, A.M., M. Garcia, D. Judd, B. Roberts, P.C. Piew (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hassink, R*. & Gong, H. (2019). Regional Resilience. In: Kobayashi, A, Boyle M, Castree, N, Collins, F, Crampton J, de Leeuw, S, Ho, E, Luginah, I, Maharaj, B and J Tyner. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier, Oxford.

Gong, H., & Hassink, R*. (2017). Regional resilience critique revisited. In: Vorley and Williams (eds.), Creating resilient economies: entrepreneurship, growth and development in uncertain times. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.