Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Staff Profile

Professor Robert Hassink

Robert Hassink is Professor of Economic Geography at Kiel University in Germany. He received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has worked as: 

  • a research fellow
  • consultant
  • assistant
  • temporary professor 

at several research institutes and universities in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and South Korea.


Over the years, he has carried out various research projects on: 

  • regional innovation policies
  • industrial restructuring
  • regional economic development

in Western Europe and East Asia, particularly South Korea. 


Sponsors, among others, have included the:

  • European Science Foundation 
  • German Research Foundation
  • Research Council of Norway
  • European Commission
  • World Bank
  • OECD 

He works with CURDS researchers on industrial restructuring and regional economic development.