Academic profile

I am an Associate Professor in Spatial Economics and Real Estate at the Department of Land Economy and a Fellow in Economics and Land Economy at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge.

I earned my PhD in Economics with a focus on Urban and Regional Economics in Jönköping, Sweden, in 2014. I completed part of my PhD studies at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL), University of Illinois. Before Cambridge, I worked as an Assistant Professor at Jönköping International Business School and as a Researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm. With strong ties to Sweden, I remain affiliated with Handelns Forskninginstitut (Institute of Retail Economics) in Stockholm and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE) in Jönköping as a Research Fellow.

My research deals with migration and labour mobility, micro-geography of segregation and ethnic enclaves, retail and service geography, urban amenities, the geography of entrepreneurship, and political geography. I am a former recipient of the Handelsbanken Wallander postdoctoral scholarship in Sweden (2015), the Young Investigator Award in Italy (2018), as well as the Young Researcher Award in Sweden (2019) awarded by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. In addition to my engagement in academia, I write monthly columns at the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (eng. The Swedish Daily News) between 2015-2023.



Sabbatical 2023-2024 academic year.


Research interests

Urban and Regional Economics


Klaesson, J., Öner, Ö., & Pennerstorfer, D. (2021). Getting the first job: Size and quality of ethnic enclaves and refugee labor market entry. Journal of Regional Science, 61(1), 112-139


Andersson, M., Larsson, J. P., & Öner, Ö. (2020). Ethnic enclaves and self-employment among Middle Eastern immigrants in Sweden: ethnic capital or enclave size?. Regional Studies, 1-15


Abreu, M., & Öner, Ö. (2020). Disentangling the Brexit vote: The role of economic, social and cultural contexts in explaining the UK’s EU referendum vote. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(7), 1434-1456


Öner, Ö. & Baycan, T., (2023). The dark side of social capital: a contextual perspective. The Annals of Regional Science, 70(3), 779-798


Larsson, J. P., Öner, Ö., & Sielker, F. (2021). Regional hierarchies of discontent: an accessibility approach. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 14(3), 583-599


Klaesson, J., & Öner, Ö. (2020). Ethnic enclaves and segregation—self-employment and employment patterns among forced migrants. Small Business Economics, 1-22


Abreu, M., Oner, O., Brouwer, A., & van Leeuwen, E. (2019). Well-being effects of self-employment: A spatial inquiry. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(4), 589-607


Öner, Ö. (2018). Retail productivity: The effects of market size and regional hierarchy. Papers in Regional Science, 97(3), 711-736.


Backman, M., Klaesson, J., & Öner, Ö. (2017). Innovation in the hospitality industry: Firm or location?. Tourism Economics, 23(8), 1591-1614.


Öner, Ö. (2017). Retail city: the relationship between place attractiveness and accessibility to shops. Spatial Economic Analysis, 12(1), 72-91.


Current PhD students


Turan Abbaszade

Yiwen Qiu

Brian Chang




Economics, Urban and Regional Economics