Chapter 1: Universities in Europe and local engagement
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Chapter 1 sets the scene by describing the current circumstances under which many universities operate with regard to their local or regional engagement activities. It presents a definition of ’regional innovation impact’ and introduces a conceptual model of an ‘RII system’ in which a university and its local environment are intertwined and interdependent. The ‘RII delivery space’ connects both domains: this domain consists of the university’s RII pathways and ’places and spaces’ where external impacts may occur.