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Spaces of novelty: can universities play a catalytic role in less developed regions?

Marques, Pedro, Morgan, Kevin, Vallance, Paul and Healy, Adrian 2019. Spaces of novelty: can universities play a catalytic role in less developed regions? Science and Public Policy 46 (5) , pp. 763-771. 10.1093/scipol/scz028
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Abstract

Over the past few decades, universities have been asked to become ever more involved in the development of their regions and countries, through knowledge dissemination, contribution to policy debates or even by becoming leaders in stakeholder coalitions. However, as has been often pointed out, for universities to have an impact on regional fortunes it is necessary to have an appropriate innovation ecosystem, which is often lacking in less developed regions. We approach this issue by discussing the three interrelated dimensions of knowledge supply, demand, and translational activities, through two case studies of university–business engagement in Wales. We also distinguish between narrow forms of engagement, based strictly on the commercialisation of knowledge, and contrast them with broader forms of engagement. Finally, we discuss the practical and normative challenges associated with these interactions, such as the danger of appropriation of public resources by private organisations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0302-3427
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 April 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/121854

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