Place-based innovation ecosystems : Boston-Cambridge innovation districts

Rissola, G, Bevilaqua, C, Monardo, B and Trillo, C ORCID: 2019, Place-based innovation ecosystems : Boston-Cambridge innovation districts , Technical Report, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Union, Luxemburg.

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This report focuses on the case study of the Boston area and identifies the key success factors in the Boston regional innovation ecosystem. It discusses how the macro-innovation eco-ecosystem is composed by a variety of interconnected micro-innovation ecosystems, mutually reinforcing each other and making the entire “territorial” system successful. The spatial configuration of these micro-innovation ecosystems at the urban scale has been specifically investigated, thus leading the authors to theorize that the Innovation District may act as an enabler for place-based innovation.

Evidence from the Boston case study shows that there is not a single magic recipe for the successful implementation of place-based and social innovation-driven strategies. On the contrary, the variety of place-grounded combinations of micro and macro initiatives, embedded in the social and spatial fine grain of places and encompassing a diversity of actors, can create the conditions that enable places to thrive and local economic activities to grow in a sustainable way.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Union
Series Name: JRC Technical Reports
ISBN: 9789276019503
ISSN: 1831-9424
Funders: H2020
Depositing User: Dr Claudia Trillo
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2019 11:50
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:46

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