Knowledge-creating Milieus in Europe

Firms, Cities, Territories

  • Augusto Cusinato
  • Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. A Theoretical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giorgio De Michelis
      Pages 47-58
    3. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
      Pages 79-95
    4. Augusto Cusinato
      Pages 97-136
  3. Case Studies

About this book


This book introduces a radically spatialised approach to knowledge creation and innovation. Reflecting on an array of European urban and regional developments, it offers an updated notion of milieu as the conceptual and material space of knowledge and innovation in line with the interpretative turn in social sciences and humanities. In view of the unwillingness of mainstream economics to accommodate such a trend, the authors pursue a broadly understood hermeneutic approach that expands on the triad of knowledge-space-innovation. The book’s main findings are that space is an essential intermediary in the connection between knowledge and innovation, and that a renewed notion of milieu provides the knowledge-space-innovation triad with both an analytical basis and operational power. It also offers fresh insights into the significance and potential of the knowledge economy. A number of empirical European case studies on various scales (organisations, cities and territories) support the findings and suggest new policy directions.


Creative Milieus European Cases Knowledge Economy Triad Knowledge-Space-Innovation Urban Economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Augusto Cusinato
    • 1
  • Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Design and Planning in Complex EnvironmentsIuav UniversityVeneziaItaly
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-45172-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-45173-7
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