Clusters and Sustainable Regional Development conceptualises the role of organised clusters in the transition towards sustainability. It introduces a novel perspective on these clusters, viewing them as deliberate collective actors within their environments that can become the driving force for transformation in their regions or nations.

The book draws upon the meta-organisational perspective in cluster studies, in contrast to traditional approaches. This view suggests that clusters are not merely territories or geographical areas, but organised entities. As such, they are defined as territorially anchored groups of independent organisations engaging in joint decision-making, pursuing system-level goals and capable of purposive collective action.

This text introduces a new set of ideas and questions at the intersection of economic geography, regional and cluster studies, organisation and management, policy and governance research. It will appeal to researchers from these diverse fields seeking to further develop the meta-organisational view of clusters as well as conceptualise their role in sustainability transitions.

This book will also be a useful guide for policymakers who have an interest in the dynamics of economic development and the transition towards sustainability.

chapter |7 pages


ByEvgeniya Lupova-Henry, Nicola Francesco Dotti

part Part 1|68 pages

The theoretical foundations of clusters as meta-organisations

chapter 1|14 pages

Clusters as collective actors and agents of change for (new) sustainable path development

ByEvgeniya Lupova-Henry, Nicola Francesco Dotti

chapter 2|17 pages

Meta-organisation as partial organisation

An integrated framework of organisationality and decisionality
ByHéloïse Berkowitz, Sanne Bor

part Part 2|63 pages

Internal dynamics of clusters as meta-organisations

chapter 5|15 pages

From a wasteland to a creative community

The significance of meta-organising for cluster policy
ByAssia Viachka, Lola Duprat

chapter 6|15 pages

Managing sustainability issues of a territory through multi-stakeholder meta-organisations

ByJennifer Saniossian, Christel Beaucourt, Xavier Lecocq

chapter 7|15 pages

Are North American clusters transitioning to clean technologies?

ByFrancesco Cappellano, Nico Calavita

chapter 8|16 pages

Clean technology clusters

Meta-organising firms for sustainability
ByAssia Viachka

part Part 3|74 pages

Clusters as meta-organisations in a broader context

chapter 9|17 pages

The roles of meta-organisations in transitions

Analysing the food packaging cluster in Finland
BySanne Bor, Greg O’Shea

chapter 10|16 pages

Meta-organisations as drivers for sustainability across tourism clusters in the Alps

A case study of ‘Alpine Pearls’
ByMonica Nadegger, Leonhard Dobusch

chapter 11|22 pages

Urban super-cluster as a novel approach to clustering in megapolises

The case of Moscow Innovation Cluster
ByEvgeniy Kutsenko, Saule Ismagulova, Ekaterina Ivanova

chapter 12|17 pages

Meta-organisations and clusters in climate regimes

ByAbrar Chaudhury, Carolina Stecca Douek

part Part 4|8 pages


chapter 13|6 pages


ByEvgeniya Lupova-Henry, Nicola Francesco Dotti