Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Economics & Management

Creating Knowledge Locations in the city: A handbook

Boek

This book focuses on one particular way to promote the urban knowledge economy: the creation of knowledge ‘hotspots’.

Many cities and regions have the ambition to promote their ‘knowledge economy’: it is generally recognized that knowledge has become the prime source of wealth in advanced economies. This book focuses on one particular way to promote the urban knowledge economy: the creation of knowledge ‘hotspots’. Chapter 2 is about the idea behind the hotspot: how to develop and elaborate an appropriate concept (biotech? ICT? Creative industries?), and make sure that it is realised? Chapter 3 focuses on the question how to promote innovation and interaction in a knowledge hotspot: what tools are available? What can we realistically expect? Chapter 4 turns to the management question: how to run a knowledge hotspot, in its various development stages? The chapter does not provide a single answer, but presents a range of governance models that may be applied in different situations. Chapter 5 deals with a special relationship: the one between city and university. This sometimes-difficult marriage is nevertheless an important factor for the success of knowledge hotspots. Chapter 6, finally, raises the question of integration. What is (or should be) the relation between a knowledge hotspot and the rest of the city? How can the two be integrated in a fruitful way, in different situations? For each topic, some lessons and pitfalls are derived, that may help policymakers and developers to make soundly-based decisions.

The annex, finally, contains a number of examples of knowledge hotspots in European cities. Most examples are from member cities of the REDIS network, but some other cases are added as well.
Referentie W. van Winden (2011), Urbact, Paris, publication of the REDIS-project.
Gepubliceerd door  CAREM 13 oktober 2011