Towards an Integrated Place-Based Innovation Policy

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Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 20202:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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Innovation policy debates increasingly recognise societal challenges as drivers for innovation policy. This has motivated a ‘normative turn’ that advocates greater challenge orientation in innovation policy and targeted policies to articulate societal needs in order to deliver better innovations—not just more of them. In parallel, regional policy agendas, such as smart specialisation, focus on selectively building on unique, place-specific characteristics and assets, but it is somewhat agnostic about the direction of innovation. While mission-oriented and transformative, innovation policy agendas have been criticised for their lack of attention to context and the ‘messy realities’ of policy implementation, smart specialisation has been seen as too incremental, narrowing down the options and approaches for less developed regions and neglecting more transformative means of value capture. This talk will aim to bring together these top-down and bottom-up agendas, consider their key challenges and shortcomings, and discuss the need for an integrated place-based innovation and industrial policy.


Dr. Elvira Uyarra
Reader in Innovation Policy and Strategy at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Programme Director of the MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Adjunct Professor at the Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Western Norway Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR) of Birkbeck, University of London Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and Chair of the North West if England branch of the RSA

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