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Tinder for port cities: who's connecting the dots? The socio-economic port city interface: case study Ghent, Belgium

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Using the concept of strategic coupling, we examine the socio-economic port city interface of Ghent, Belgium. It is widely acknowledged that the recent crises has revealed to us our unfounded belief in a world of abundance, spatially as economic, where policy actions could be taken without hesitation and without limitation. These crises form a crucial test of the viability and resilience of the socio-economies of port cities around the world. The advance of rising economies in globalized markets lead to increasing international competition. Following this, port cities around the world are trying to renew or find new port city synergies, because many of the port functions are under pressure. Based on the concept of (un)related variety and the cluster-network, we build up a methodological framework capable of understanding how the complex socio-economic port city is build up and to find which actor is now connecting the dots; essential information for port city policy. We test our methodology on the port city of Ghent, an ARA port with several important clusters, combining the assets of the port and the city. Using these results, we will show that although the diversity, also the at first sight socio-economic success of Ghent is threatened by the current challenges. Based on this, we propose some policy recommendations.
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Strategic Coupling, Spatial Economy, Port Cities, Cluster-Network, Ghent

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Van den Berghe, Karel, Luuk Boelens, and Wouter Jacobs. “Tinder for Port Cities: Who’s Connecting the Dots? The Socio-economic Port City Interface: Case Study Ghent, Belgium.” Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, Abstracts. San Francisco, 2016. Print.
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Van den Berghe, K., Boelens, L., & Jacobs, W. (2016). Tinder for port cities: who’s connecting the dots? The socio-economic port city interface: case study Ghent, Belgium. Association of American Geographers, Annual meeting, Abstracts. Presented at the 2016 Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco.
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Van den Berghe, Karel, Luuk Boelens, and Wouter Jacobs. 2016. “Tinder for Port Cities: Who’s Connecting the Dots? The Socio-economic Port City Interface: Case Study Ghent, Belgium.” In Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, Abstracts. San Francisco.
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Van den Berghe, Karel, Luuk Boelens, and Wouter Jacobs. 2016. “Tinder for Port Cities: Who’s Connecting the Dots? The Socio-economic Port City Interface: Case Study Ghent, Belgium.” In Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, Abstracts. San Francisco.
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Van den Berghe K, Boelens L, Jacobs W. Tinder for port cities: who’s connecting the dots? The socio-economic port city interface: case study Ghent, Belgium. Association of American Geographers, Annual meeting, Abstracts. San Francisco; 2016.
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K. Van den Berghe, L. Boelens, and W. Jacobs, “Tinder for port cities: who’s connecting the dots? The socio-economic port city interface: case study Ghent, Belgium,” in Association of American Geographers, Annual meeting, Abstracts, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Using the concept of strategic coupling, we examine the socio-economic port city interface of Ghent, Belgium. It is widely acknowledged that the recent crises has revealed to us our unfounded belief in a world of abundance, spatially as economic, where policy actions could be taken without hesitation and without limitation. These crises form a crucial test of the viability and resilience of the socio-economies of port cities around the world. The advance of rising economies in globalized markets lead to increasing international competition. Following this, port cities around the world are trying to renew or find new port city synergies, because many of the port functions are under pressure. Based on the concept of (un)related variety and the cluster-network, we build up a methodological framework capable of understanding how the complex socio-economic port city is build up and to find which actor is now connecting the dots; essential information for port city policy. We test our methodology on the port city of Ghent, an ARA port with several important clusters, combining the assets of the port and the city. Using these results, we will show that although the diversity, also the at first sight socio-economic success of Ghent is threatened by the current challenges. Based on this, we propose some policy recommendations.},
  author       = {Van den Berghe, Karel and Boelens, Luuk and Jacobs, Wouter},
  booktitle    = {Association of American Geographers, Annual meeting, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {Strategic Coupling,Spatial Economy,Port Cities,Cluster-Network,Ghent},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {San Francisco, CA, USA},
  title        = {Tinder for port cities: who's connecting the dots? The socio-economic port city interface: case study Ghent, Belgium},
  year         = {2016},
}