Creative Cluster Development: Governance, Place-Making and Entrepreneurship, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Creative Cluster Development

Governance, Place-Making and Entrepreneurship, 1st Edition

Edited by Marlen Komorowski, Ike Picone


272 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367332747
pub: 2020-05-11
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In recent decades, the importance of creative cluster development has gained recognition from national and regional governments. Increasingly, governments have been investing in initiatives and urban development plans that aim to create or support localized creative industries.

Our understanding of creative clusters is expanded with this insightful volume which looks at issues of governance, place-making and entrepreneurship. In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book also presents a rich range of international case studies, including co-working spaces in Toronto, business park development in MediaCityUK and and public-private partnerships in Warsaw. 

Creative Cluster Development will be valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers in urban planning, regional studies, economic geography innovation studies and the creative and cultural industries.

Table of Contents

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1 Introducing the book: the concept of creative cluster development

Part A Theoretical approaches to the creative cluster concept

Section I Governing creative cluster development

2 Creative mediators and their role in the governance of creative clusters

3 Creating an alternative governance model for creative clusters: the collaborative alliance model

Section II Place-making and spaces for creative clusters

4 Place as a guiding principle for spatial design of creative clusters in urban areas

5 Global production networks: connecting creative clusters around the globe

Section III Entrepreneurship in and for creative clusters

6 Business incubators as tools for creative cluster development

7 Entrepreneurship in creative clusters: motivations, identities and interactions

Part B Real-world case studies of creative cluster development

Section IV Creative hubs and spaces in different contexts

8 Models of co-working in Toronto’s innovation districts

9 São Paulo’s creative hubs: local embeddedness as a tool for creative cluster development

10 The fabric of creative cultures: how creative clusters connect with their neighbourhood in Warsaw’s districts of Praga

Section V Media park development and governance

11 Building at the crossroads of media policy and urban development

12 Challenges of collaboration: the case of Mediapolis in Finland

13 Media parks as vehicles of economic development and city branding: MediaCityUK and MediaPark Cologne

Section VI Organisations for creative cluster development

14 Informal governance as enabler of creative collaborations: Institute for X in Aarhus

15 Place leadership for creative cluster development: the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool


16 A new momentum for creative clusters: exploring novel directions in governance, place-making and entrepreneurship

About the Editors

Marlen Komorowski ([email protected]), PhD in Media and Communication Studies, is Senior Researcher at imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Impact Analyst for Clwstwr at Cardiff University. As a researcher, her work focuses on media and creative industries-related projects, impact analysis, industry clustering, ecosystem and value network analysis, new business models and the impact of digitization on industries and firms.

Ike Picone ([email protected]) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Unit Leader within the research group imec-SMIT-VUB, where he heads the research in Journalism, Trust and Participation. He is also a member of the Council for Journalism of Flanders (Belgium). His research topics include user participation to online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media in the emergence of deliberative public spheres.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications Industries
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies