While processes of innovation are increasingly realised globally, they can also take a highly regionalised expression. In this book, the global networks that link regions are set against the local aspects of innovation. With contributions from international experts, this book examines local 'Islands of Innovation' where research and industrial expertise are concentrated, along with areas where traditional industrial regions have passed through a process of innovative restructuring.
Ulrich Hilpert is Professor and Chair of Comparative Government at Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena. His major research fields are comparative European-American studies in the role of government policies for techno-industrial innovation, restructuring, environmental technologies, globalisation and regional development.
'Should be recommended to both academics and policy makers who work in the area of regional innovation and development.' - Dr Theodoros Papaioannou, Technovation
'Overall this book convincingly shows how most current Islands of Innovation are located in the old industrial spaces and have been able to successfully redefine their industrial history through new products and technologies.' - Stijn Oosterlynck, University of Lancaster, UK