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Universities, regional policy and the knowledge economy

May, T and Peters, M 2004, 'Universities, regional policy and the knowledge economy' , Policy Futures in Education, 2 (2) , pp. 263-277.

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This article focuses on the spatial clustering dimension of new information and communications technology (ICT)-driven economic activity based on knowledge industries and especially the tacit knowledge synergies to be achieved through networking in geographical space. The article first details the new knowledge economy, reviewing claims made for its distinctiveness and its role in raising levels of productivity before turning to a brief study of the clustering effects of new ICT-driven economic activity and the development of policies designed to enhance regional development. The remainder of the article details a case study – Univercities: the Manchester Knowledge Capital Initiative – in the North-west of the United Kingdom based on recent research into the attempt to create a ‘Knowledge Capital’ within the Greater Manchester conurbation, which is designed to position Manchester at the heart of the knowledge economy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on University Futures
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Policy Futures in Education
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1478-2103
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 09:39
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:28

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