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Constructing advantage in the Cradle Coast region, Tasmania: knowledge partnering as a regional development platform approach

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Eversole, R and McCall, T, Constructing advantage in the Cradle Coast region, Tasmania: knowledge partnering as a regional development platform approach, Regional Science policy and practice, 6, (3) pp. 251-263. ISSN 1757-7802 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Regional Science Policy & Practice

DOI: doi:10.1111/rsp3.12038

Abstract

The literature on regional innovation systems (RIS) highlights that the localized social and institutional contexts of knowledge production matter for economic success. For less-advantaged regions, this raises a practical methodological challenge: how to construct platforms for regional innovation from the ground up? This paper discusses how a university working in a geographically and economically peripheral Australian region, the Cradle Coast region of Tasmania, has addressed this challenge, using insights from regional development platform method (RDPM). This work has demonstrated the difficulties of applying RDPM in a context where regional development actors lack strong structural, relational and cognitive ties. An approach called knowledge partnering has been used to overcome ‘connectivity deficits’ and bring regional actors together around issues of common concern. The local university has played a key role in this process. For policy-makers, this process illustrates how universities can work with regions to catalyse regional development outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Regional development, Regional Innovation Systems (RIS), Regional Development Platform Method (RDPM), knowledge partnering, universities, peripheral regions
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
Author:McCall, T (Dr Tony McCall)
ID Code:96755
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2014-11-19
Last Modified:2015-04-30
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