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Advancing inclusive innovation policy in the UK’s second-tier city-regions

Parsons, Katherine ORCID:, Delbridge, Richard ORCID:, Uyarra, Elvira, Waite, David, Huggins, Robert ORCID: and Morgan, Kevin ORCID: 2024. Advancing inclusive innovation policy in the UK’s second-tier city-regions. Review of Regional Research 10.1007/s10037-024-00209-9

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The UK exhibits stark regional economic divides which have been a long running concern for policymakers. With the levelling up agenda taking shape, city-regions in the UK are developing innovation and business support policies in seeking to deliver on a range of goals from traditional productivity concerns to wider social and environmental imperatives. Drawing on interviews with key actors in the city-regions of Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow, this paper points to an emerging directional change in innovation policy, yet we show that capacities to articulate and implement an inclusive innovation approach vary widely. The uneven landscape for innovation policy within each of the city-regions, in terms of the location of innovation assets but also the varied institutional and social legacies shaping innovation policy, is also brought into view. Central to the reshaping of innovation policy in all cases, however, are agents working in networks, fashioning narratives and marshalling data in efforts to mobilise new ways of practicing innovation policy within what remains a centralised approach to sub-national economic development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0173-7600
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 February 2024
Date of Acceptance: 26 February 2024
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2024 01:22

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