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Seminar of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History

On March 21, Nooa Nykänen, a PhD candidate from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) gave a presentation within the regular seminar of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History.

His presentation «Evolution of industrial districts in the Soviet Union: Evaluating state control and path-dependence in economic geography» was based on his dissertational research, an interdisciplinary project on economic history and economic geography.  The seminar was organized as part of the cooperation between the Higher School of Economics – St. Petersburg and the University of Jyväskylä and supported by the International Programme of Mobility (FIRST).

Nooa`s academic interests include the history of industrial enterprises, the history of economic institutions and business projects, and economic geography. In his paper, the speaker addressed the history and specifics of economic development in the pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union. He emphasized the relevance, framework and implications of industry cluster theory in the Russian context, highlighting the historical development during the era of Soviet Union. The aim of the research project is to explain the development of key industrial districts in Soviet Union in terms of evolutionary economic geography and extend current theoretical understanding with empirical findings from institutionally exceptional Soviet context.

The audience of the seminar was Bachelor and Master students of the department of history as well as research fellows of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History.