The Relational Geography of Post-Staples Development-a Case in Mala, north Sweden

Alexandre Dubois, Dean Carson

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    Mitigating the cycles of ‘boom and bust’ associated with natural resource led economic development in northern peripheries requires economic diversification through post-extractive ‘mature staples’ or ‘post-staples’ activities. The dominant thinking is that resource peripheries are subject to processes of exogenous development, with limited capacity for local agency—endogenous development. This paper argues that it is possible to achieve neoendogenous development that mobilises local resources and incorporates extra-local factors. The paper examines the case of Malå Geoscience, a small ground penetrating radar company based in a very small community in northern Sweden which has nonetheless achieved global niche positioning through innovation and product diversification. By using the ARTE framework—agglomeration, regionalisation, translocalisation, Europeanisation— the paper demonstrates how the company was able to pursue new development paths even as the local mining sector was closing down. There is a particular emphasis on how the maintenance of local and regional knowledge and supply networks enabled the company to remain locally based but globally relevant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-40
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Rural and Community Development
    Volume12
    Issue number2-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Supply network
    Europeanization
    Innovation
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    Natural resources
    Economic development
    Regionalization
    Factors
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    Economics
    Product diversification
    Knowledge networks
    Local development

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    The Relational Geography of Post-Staples Development-a Case in Mala, north Sweden. / Dubois, Alexandre; Carson, Dean.

    In: Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 12, No. 2-3, 2017, p. 23-40.

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