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Rediscovering Places

  • Edward J. Blakely
  • Richard Hu
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the aim, contexts, approach, and organisation of the book. The central concern of the book is on crafting innovative places to grow a knowledge economy in Australia, drawing on global experiences. We call for rediscovering the role of places in incubating innovation as part of a global network of innovation systems. A focus on place-based innovation is situated within three contemporary forces—globalisation, urbanisation, and innovation—that are disrupting and restructuring the spatial patterns of the global economy. We argue that these forces are interacting to create a flat but uneven world, in which some places have higher concentrations of innovation capacity and knowledge economy activities and thus attract global talent and investment, while other places are losing opportunities and human capital. The global innovation race and the transition to a knowledge economy put places in Australian cities on the front line of policymaking, and places are a critical part of any national plan to win the global competition and develop a thriving knowledge economy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Blakely
    • 1
  • Richard Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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