An Introduction

  • Susan Kinnear
  • Kate Charters
  • Peter Vitartas


This chapter describes the key definitions and concepts that are necessary to underpin conversations and debate about innovation, regional development and regional advantage. The chapter also introduces the concept of ‘innovation for regional advantage’: a new approach for regional Australia to leverage its strengths for the national good, whilst retaining regional value in a truly ‘sustainable’ sense.


Regional Development Regional Area Regional Innovation System Regional Advantage National Geographic Society 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Asheim, B. T. (1996). Industrial districts as “learning regions”: A condition for prosperity? European Planning Studies, 4(4), 379–400.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Asheim, B. (2006). Constructing regional advantage: The role of regional innovation systems. Presentation at EURO-COOP Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Regional Innovation Policies. Manchester: Manchester Business School.Google Scholar
  3. Asheim, B., Boschma, R., & Cooke, P. (2009). Constructing regional advantage: Platform policies based on related variety and differentiated knowledge. Regional Studies (Special Issue on Regional Innovation Systems: Theory, Empirics and Policy), 45(7), 893–904.Google Scholar
  4. Australian Labour Party. (2010). The Australian Labour Party and the independent member’s agreement. Canberra: Australian Labour Party, available online at
  5. Becattini, G., Bellandi, M., Dei Ottati, G., & Sforzi, F. (2003). From industrial districts to local development, an itinerary of research. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. ISBN 1 84376 159 9.Google Scholar
  6. Brusco, S. (1990). The idea of the industrial district: Its genesis. In F. Pyke, G. Becattini, & W. Sengenberger (Eds.), Industrial districts and inter-firm cooperation in Italy (pp. 10–19). Geneva: International Institute for Labour Studies.Google Scholar
  7. Brown, A. J., & Bellamy, J. (Eds.). (2007). Federalism and regionalism in Australia: New approaches, new institutions? Australia: ANU Press.Google Scholar
  8. Camagni, R. P. (1995). The concept of innovative Milieu and its relevance for public policies in European lagging regions. Papers in Regional Science, 74(4), 317–340.Google Scholar
  9. Christie, E. (2009). Finding solutions for environmental conflicts power and negotiation. USA: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
  10. Commonwealth of Australia. (1993). Independent inquiry into National Competition Policy (The Hilmer Report). Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.Google Scholar
  11. Cooke, P. (2001). Regional innovation systems, clusters, and the knowledge economy. Industrial and Corporate Change, 10(4), 945–974.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Cooke, P. (2006). Constructing regional advantage principles, perspectives policies, European Commission. Belgium: European Commission Directorate-General for Research, 102pp.Google Scholar
  13. Cooke, P. (2012). Complex adaptive innovation systems relatedness and transversality in the evolving region. London: Routledge. 256pp.Google Scholar
  14. Council of Australian Governments Meeting Communiqué. (2011, February 13). Canberra.Google Scholar
  15. Davis, G., Wanna, J., Warhurst, J., & Weller, P. (1993). Public policy in Australia (2nd ed.). Australia: Allen and Unwin.Google Scholar
  16. Desert Knowledge Australia. (2008). RemoteFOCUS: Revitalising remote Australia.
  17. Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. (2009). Powering ideas: An innovation agenda for the 21st century. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.Google Scholar
  18. Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research (DIISR). (2011). Australian innovation system report 2011. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. ISBN 978 1 921916 09 0.Google Scholar
  19. Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. (2011, February). Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications’ Inquiry into the role and potential of the National Broadband Network, 15pp, available online at
  20. Freeman, C. (1987). Technology and economic performance: Lessons from Japan. London: Pinter.Google Scholar
  21. Fritsch, M., & Stephan, A. (2005). Regionalization of innovation policy - introduction to the special issue. Research Policy, 34(8), 1123–1127.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Gray, I., & Lawrence, G. (2001). A future for regional Australia, escaping global misfortune. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  23. John Glover & Sarah Tennant. (2003). Remote areas statistical geography in Australia, notes on the accessibility/remoteness index for Australia, Working paper series No. 9, Public Health Information Development Unit, Commonwealth of Australia, p. 31. ISBN:0 7308 9230 1.Google Scholar
  24. Kinnear, S., & Ogden, I. (2011, June). The Central Queensland innovation prospectus. Report to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research.Google Scholar
  25. Lundvall, B.-Å. (Ed.). (1992). National innovation systems: Towards a theory of innovation and interactive learning. London: Pinter.Google Scholar
  26. Metcalfe, S. (1995). The economic foundations of technology policy: Equilibrium and evolutionary perspectives. In P. Stoneman (Ed.), Handbook of the economics of innovation and technological change. Oxford (UK)/Cambridge (US): Blackwell Publishers.Google Scholar
  27. National Geographic Society. (2008). Geography standards: People create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity, available online at
  28. Nelson, R. (Ed.). (1993). National innovation systems. A comparative analysis. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  29. OECD. (1997). National innovation systems, p. 49.
  30. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (1997). National Innovation Systems Centre Francais d’Exploitation du Droit De Copie, France.Google Scholar
  31. Patel, P., & Pavitt, K. (1994). The nature and economic importance of national innovation systems, STI Review, No. 14. Paris: OECD.Google Scholar
  32. Porter, M. (1990). The competitive advantage of nations. New York: Free Press, MacMillan.Google Scholar
  33. Prasser, S., Cockfield, G., & Waterman, P. (2006). Speaking up for regional Australia a decade of influence, 1997–2006. Queensland: Management Solutions (Qld) Pty Ltd.Google Scholar
  34. Productivity Commission. (1999). Impact of competition policy reforms on rural and regional Australia (Report No. 8). Canberra: AusInfo.Google Scholar
  35. Productivity Commission. (2010, December). Impacts and benefits of COAG reforms: Reporting framework (Productivity Commission Research Report), available online at
  36. Regional Development Australia. (2011). About regional development Australia. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, available online at
  37. Smith, S. M., & Gibson, C. M. (1988). Industrial diversification in nonmetropolitan counties and its effect on economic stability. Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, 13, 193–201.Google Scholar
  38. Waterman, P., & Charters, K. (2009). SEGRA 2009 Communiqué, Speaking up for Regional Australia, Management Solutions (Qld) Pty Ltd, Queensland.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Environmental ManagementCQUniversityNorth RockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.Management Solutions QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Southern Cross Business SchoolSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

Personalised recommendations