Global Innovative Places

  • Edward J. Blakely
  • Richard Hu


This chapter takes a global perspective on innovative places. It examines 13 different places in the United States, Asia, and Europe. These places are selected as case studies for their diversity in innovation specialties and geography; this diversity allows them to represent a wide spectrum of global innovative places. For each place, the chapter provides background information, explores historical evolutions, identifies driving factors, and seeks best practice planning and policymaking approaches. Each place has a unique setting and history, but they have all achieved international recognition for innovation after several decades of development. Their success in becoming innovative places is dependent on sets of external and internal factors. The chapter summarises these enabling factors for each place to identify converging and diverging patterns. These summaries are not intended as blueprints to be transferred to other settings, but rather they inform a deeper understanding of the factors and approaches that have proven effective in making innovative places.


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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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