Regional Innovation Systems

Introduces both the theoretical foundations as well as empirical studies of regional innovation systems, which emphasize the dynamics of geographic proximity to help foster innovation.  Building regional capabilities for innovation is considered essential to responding to the challenges globalization presents to regional economies and local communities. This course will explore what is meant by regional innovation capabilities and systems and the policies that have emerged to develop these in different regions around the world. The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach, examining the characteristics of innovation and key elements of regional innovation systems including industrial clusters, networks, institutions, global value chains and entrepreneurship, as well as how these apply in different industries such as energy and manufacturing.