Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development: Rethinking Innovative Milieus - New Horizons in Regional Science Series (Hardback)
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Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development: Rethinking Innovative Milieus - New Horizons in Regional Science Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 27/01/2017
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This book questions the way contemporary innovation processes develop and become embedded in territories. It analyses recent developments in territorial systems of production, networks of innovation and innovative milieus, with regard to the issue of sustainable development. Drawing on 12 case studies aimed at fostering sustainable development and conducted by an experienced team of international scholars, a new conceptual approach to sustainable innovation is proposed. More broadly, it also reassesses the development models proposed in the 1980s that emerged in the context of globalization, competitiveness and technological innovation. The book argues that a rethink of regional development dynamics is necessary in order to properly consider current sustainable development requirements. A renewed understanding of the dynamics of actors and anchoring factors is pursued, clarifying the role of territories in the light of sustainable development demands and globalization processes. A new typology of organizational forms of sustainable innovation is provided and the traditional concept of `innovative milieu' is challenged. The contributions call for a rethink and redesign of public policies in the fields of sustainable innovation more able to deal with contemporary realities. Crossing a wide set of disciplines, this book will appeal to academics, students and policy makers in the fields of urban studies, regional development, innovation and sustainable development.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781784712204
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


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`This book makes several major contributions to regional innovation and sustainability research. Besides collecting very substantive cases, it provides an inspiring and generative conceptual framework. It argues convincingly that we have to move beyond narrow competitiveness concerns and embrace broader social, environmental and economic processes in their interdependence to better understand recent regional innovation trends. Thus, the term sustainability becomes much more analytical, and less normatively charged. The book deserves to become a standard reading in transitions studies, regional studies and economic geography.' -- Bernhard Truffer, Eawag, Switzerland and Utrecht University, the Netherlands
`This ambitious book is at the vanguard of the debate on regional development and innovation. It revisits the classical concept of Innovative Milieus to interrogate more capacious forms and modes of innovation and articulate new ways of thinking about regional development. Drawing on highly inspiring case-stories, it offers a thought-provoking and timely contribution that goes well beyond the classic innovation-for-regional-competitiveness paradigm. A recommended read for scholars interested in new ways to analyze, understand and explain innovation in and for regions.' -- Lars Coenen, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden

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