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Production and Use of Urban Knowledge

European Experiences

  • Hans Thor Andersen
  • Rob Atkinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Peter Moser
    Pages 17-34
  3. Peter Moser, Ragnhild Skogheim, Knut Strömberg
    Pages 81-102
  4. Hans Thor Andersen, Elene Dimitrova, Karel Schmeidler
    Pages 103-132
  5. Beth Perry, Tim May, Simon Marvin, Mike Hodson
    Pages 151-167
  6. Hans Thor Andersen, Rob Atkinson
    Pages 169-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-183

About this book


This book provides new insights on cities and the nature of urban development, and the role of knowledge management in urban growth. It considers how knowledge informs policies and supports decision making, and can assist in addressing the drivers of urban change. The way that knowledge is produced and used in urban development is analysed, with examples drawn from a range of European countries.

This book illustrates how the development and implementation of policies for urban areas can draw on knowledge management, even as the knowledge economy itself stimulates the evolution of the city as a place of innovation and creativity. Whilst knowledge grows in importance, so do urban issues, particularly in economic and political contexts at both European and national levels.

These essays explore growth in the range of knowledge available in urban contexts, the ways to generate new knowledge from a wide range of stakeholders, and how these can make an effective contribution to decision making processes in urban development.

The attractiveness of cities and surrounding areas to knowledge based forms of industry and investment and the competitiveness and performance of cities are a matter of major concern for national governments. In a sense it has become too important to leave to city politicians, and it is a topic requiring sustained reflection. This book gives the reader a detailed understanding of the issues involved and prompts further reflections.


Europe's competitiveness European Union High quality living conditions Integrating urban knowledge Knowledge economy Low quality environments Quality of life Scientific approaches to knowledge Selection of knowledge Urban context Urban issues Urban policy Urban politics Urban regeneration Urban scale Use of knowledge Well being of cities social network theories

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Thor Andersen
    • 1
  • Rob Atkinson
    • 2
  1. 1., Danish Building Research Institute (SBi)Aalborg UniversityCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Faculty of Environment and Technology, Planning and ArchitectureUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUnited Kingdom

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