Innovation, Networks and Learning Regions? address key issues of understanding in contemporary economic geography and local economic policy making in cities and regions in the advanced economies.
Developing the idea that innovation is the primary driving force behind economic change and growth, the international range of contributors stress the importance of knowledge and information as the 'raw materials' of innovation. They examine the ways in which these elements may be acquired and linked through networks, and demonstrate that there are empirical examples of innovative areas which do not have highly developed networks yet appear to be relatively successful in terms of local economic growth. In so doing, they raise crucial questions about the ways in which regions or localities might be described as truly 'learning' areas, and about the sustainability of future economic and quality of life success based on innovation and high-technology.

part Part I|9 pages


chapter Chapter 1|8 pages

Origins, Structure and Contents

ByJames Simmie

part Part II|86 pages

Core Metropolitan Regions

chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

The Origins and Characteristics of Innovation in Highly Innovative Areas

The Case of Hertfordshire
ByJames Simmie

chapter Chapter 5|33 pages

What Comprises a Regional Innovation System?

Theoretical Base and Indicators
ByHeidi Wiig, Michelle Wood

part Part III|79 pages

Peripheral Regions

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Competitiveness and the Global Region

The Role of Networking
ByRobert Huggins

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

The Japanese Technopolis Strategy

BySang-Chul Park

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

New Industrial Spacesand National Technology Policies

The Case of Kyushu and the Japanese ‘Technopolis Strategy’
ByRolf Sternberg

part Part IV|53 pages

Technology Transfer

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

After Technopoles

Diffused Strategies for Innovationand Technology Transfer
ByNic Komninos

chapter Chapter 12|21 pages

National Laboratories and Regional Development

Case Studies from the UK, France and Belgium
ByHelen Lawton Smith

part Part V|9 pages


chapter Chapter 13|8 pages

Summary and Conclusions

ByJames Simmie