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Resilience and Regional Dynamics

An International Approach to a New Research Agenda

  • Hugo Pinto
  • Teresa Noronha
  • Eric Vaz
  • Discusses the interconnnections between innovation and economic resilience in regions

  • Provides theoretical contributions towards the integration of resilience, innovation, and regional science

  • Presents empirical studies on the conditions and policies implemented in resilient territories


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Teresa de Noronha, Eric Vaz, Hugo Pinto
    Pages 1-8
  3. Theoretical Foundations

  4. The Multilevel Aspects of Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Hugo Pinto, Elvira Uyarra, Mercedes Bleda, Carla Nogueira, Helena Almeida
      Pages 61-80
    3. Charlie Karlsson, Philippe Rouchy
      Pages 81-103
    4. André Samora-Arvela, Eric Vaz, João Ferrão, Jorge Ferreira, Thomas Panagopoulos
      Pages 105-127
  5. Towards Strategies for Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Davide Fassi, Carla Sedini
      Pages 131-149
  6. Resilience and Innovation

  7. Eric Vaz, Teresa de Noronha, Hugo Pinto
    Pages 251-255
  8. Hugo Pinto, Teresa Noronha, Eric Vaz
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


Economic and financial crises have brought the rise of unemployment, reduction of economic growth and emergence of global imbalances and tensions as countries and regions have suffered the effects of a variety of internal and external shocks. In this context of constant disruption, the scientific community has struggled to provide satisfactory answers to current economic challenges within standard frameworks. Focusing on the interconnections between innovation and resilience, this edited book contributes to a better understanding of how the crisis affects innovation and the capacity of territories to adapt and evolve. It offers both theoretical and empirical contributions that debate the notions of resilience in regional and urban contexts and serve as case studies related to innovation strategies and territorial clusters.


Regional Resilience Smart Specialisation Resilient Territories Innovation and Knowledge Networks Science and Technology Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Pinto
    • 1
  • Teresa Noronha
    • 2
  • Eric Vaz
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculdade de Economia, Edificio 9University of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  2. 2.Faculdade de Economia, Edf. 9University of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  3. 3.Geography and Environmental StudiesRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

About the editors

Hugo Pinto is a Permanent Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal).  He is invited Professor at the Faculty of Economics - University of Algarve and an associate member of the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics. His research interests regard regional innovation, S&T policy, knowledge production and transfer, and blue growth. He is also interested in the discussion of Economics as a science. He has participated in the development and evaluation of several RIS3 - smart specialization strategies in peripheral territories. Recent research was published in Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Industry & Innovation, Technological Forecasting & Social Change or Marine Policy.

Teresa Noronha is Full Professor of Economics of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Algarve (Portugal) and director of the Ph.D. program in Innovation and Land Use Management. Also, she is President of the Consulting Commission of the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, after having been President for the past years of that same organization. In the last two decades, she was invited professor at the University of Paris I - Sorbonne, University of Gent, University of Bologna and the University of Toronto. She is an expert in regional economics and related public policies, in particular, the use of instruments to implement innovation in lagging areas. Among her most significant works, there is the three-book series: “The New European Rurality”, “Traditional Food Production and Rural Sustainable Development”, and “Towns in a Rural World”, published by Ashgate.

Eric Vaz is tenured Associate Professor for Geographical Analysis at Ryerson University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Director for the Laboratory for Geocomputation, Toronto, Canada. He has published over seventy scientific contributions in the field of regional science, Geographic Information Systems and Science, and spatial analysis. In 2015, he was distinguished with the Dean's SRC Award. Between 2015 and 2018, Professor Vaz held the position of Vice-President of the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO). He was in that time frame also Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Habitat International, where he presently serves as a member of the editorial board. Professor Vaz focuses on using spatial analysis methods, and complex system modeling approaches as well as Geographic Information Systems and Science to understand regional dynamics and integrate a better understanding of policy within the Anthropocene.

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