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Taking urban knowledge exchange seriously: devilish dichotomies and active intermediation

Perry, B and May, T 2010, 'Taking urban knowledge exchange seriously: devilish dichotomies and active intermediation' , International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1 (1-2) , pp. 6-24.

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Abstract

Knowledge exchange and innovation have a strong local dimension and require face-to-face relationships and collaborations between universities, industries and governments. Cities are turning to the knowledge base to enhance their own socio-economic development in the face of global competition and continuing gaps in prosperity. This paper examines the contexts, challenges and consequences of these shifts. First, the paper considers theoretical and policy rationales which create the conditions for the emergence of knowledge-based urban development (KBUD). Second, it highlights three dichotomies that produce tensions in the practice of knowledge exchange at an urban level. Finally, the paper considers the capacities and capabilities of different urban areas to respond to contemporary challenges through processes of active intermediation. In conclusion, this paper provides an agenda-setting provocation for the co-production of sustainable knowledge-based urban futures between academia, policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge-based urban development, KBUD, urban knowledge exchange, science policy, technology policy, innovation policy, intermediaries, cities, universities, higher education, active intermediation, knowledge-based development
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
Publisher: Inderscience
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2040-4468
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 15:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9325

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