TERRITORIAL KNOWLEDGE DYNAMICS AND NEW REGIONAL

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					TERRITORIAL KNOWLEDGE DYNAMICS AND NEW REGIONAL
CHALLENGES IN EUROPE

In the knowledge-based economy, knowledge is a resource and a stake. Global competition as well as the growing
mobility of information, people and firm has changed the way knowledge is generated and used. This has
implications on traditional cumulative learning processes within firms, sectors and regions. Combinatorial
knowledge dynamics taking place between technological and non-technological resources as well as between firms,
sectors and regions have given rise to new territorial relations. At the same time, a growing concern has been made
about the critical role of regions in fostering new knowledge creation, absorption and dissemination across firms
and organisations, thus putting into question the actual role played by regions in shaping knowledge dynamics.

From that perspective different questions can be addressed:

 •   What are new regional challenges in a knowledge-based economy where combinatorial knowledge dynamics
     have become determinant?
 •   How do the differentiated knowledge resources and institutional settings of European Regions influence the
     operation of sectoral and/or trans-sectoral knowledge dynamics?
 •   How can knowledge be anchored and what is the significance of anchoring processes in a knowledge-based
     society where knowledge is highly mobile?
 •   What are the spatial patterns of knowledge dynamics – in proximate and distant relations – across different
     spatial scales (multi-scalar) and/or between different places (multi-local)?
 •   How do different types of production-consumption relations influence the use and generation of different
     kinds of knowledge and the operation of territorial knowledge dynamics?

Contributions are expected to propose some innovative theoretical frameworks and advances on at least one of
these issues as well as relevant case studies and/or empirical results. Policy implications for regions are also
expected.

Session organisers: Mário Vale, Portugual, mario.vale@campus.ul.pt ; Olivier Crevoisier, Switzerland,
olivier.crevoisier@unine.ch; Frédéric Gaschet, France, gaschet@u-bordeaux4.fr; Hugues Jeannerat,
Switzerland, hugues.jeannerat@unine.ch; Leila Kebir, France, leila.kebir@unine.ch; Anders Larsson, Sweden,
Anders.Larsson@geography.gu.se; Stewart MacNeill, United Kingdom, S.MacNeill@bham.ac.uk

				
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