Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences: Beyond clusters

1st Edition

Kean Birch

Routledge
Published August 22, 2016
Reference - 148 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138807617 - CAT# Y170695
Series: Regions and Cities

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Summary

The life sciences is an industrial sector that covers the development of biological products and the use of biological processes in the production of goods, services and energy. This sector is frequently presented as a major opportunity for policy-makers to upgrade and renew regional economies, leading to social and economic development through support for high-tech innovation.

Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences analyses where innovation happens in the life sciences, why it happens in those places, and what this means for regional development policies and strategies. Focusing on the UK and Europe, its arguments are relevant to a variety of countries and regions pursuing high-tech innovation and development policies. The book’s theoretical approach incorporates diverse geographies (e.g. global, national and regional) and political-economic forces (e.g. discourses, governance and finance) in order to understand where innovation happens in the life sciences, where and how value circulates in the life sciences, and who captures the value produced in life sciences innovation.

This book will be of interest to researchers, students and policy-makers dealing with regional/local economic development.

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