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Spaces of innovation: learning, proximity and the ecological turn

Healy, Adrian ORCID: and Morgan, Kevin John ORCID: 2012. Spaces of innovation: learning, proximity and the ecological turn. Regional Studies 46 (8) , pp. 1041-1053. 10.1080/00343404.2012.672725

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Contrary to the fashionable “death of distance” thesis, the socio-spatial context for innovation remains as important as ever for firms, networks and the public institutions that tend to be neglected in orthodox narratives of learning. In this article we explore the changing socio-spatial dynamics of innovation through the medium of three arguments: (i) that the “learning region” debate was worth having because it triggered a fruitful dialogue between innovation theorists and economic geographers; (ii) that geographical proximity remains central to our understanding of learning and innovation and should not be reduced to, or conflated with, physical co-location; and (iii) that “the ecological turn” challenges conventional conceptions of learning, innovation and development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning; Regions; Innovation; Proximities
Additional Information: Special Issue: From Learning Region to Learning in a Socio-spatial Context
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:22

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