Spatial labour markets and resilience of cities and regions: a critical review

S Hartal, K Kourtit*, GC Pascariu

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This study provides a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the major scientific literature about labour market developments and resilience in a spatial context. This review paper – an introduction to the Regional Studies special issue on ‘The Tidal Movements of Spatial Labour Markets: Perturbation and Resilience’ – examines the effects of sudden shocks on the labour markets’ resilience capacity at the city or region level. The paper contributes to the existing literature in particular by generating a typology of shocks at different geographical scales, which may provide an operational framework for cities and regions to be able to prepare in advance for unforeseen shocks. The paper concludes with a strategic analysis of resilience policies and policy lessons on regional labour markets. This overview paper positions the scope and innovations in this special issue in a broader employment resilience context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2359-2372
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number12
Early online date14 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • >
  • Cities
  • Employment
  • Regions
  • Resilience capacity
  • Shocks
  • Spatial labour markets
  • regions
  • cities
  • resilience capacity
  • spatial labour markets; cities; regions; shocks; employment; resilience capacity
  • employment
  • spatial labour markets
  • shocks


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