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Alwin Gerritsen and Nicola Francesco Dotti

While innovation has become a major issue in territorial innovation policy, the scientific debate in this field has focused very little on issues such as knowledge for policymaking, learning and adaptation. This chapter explores the emerging notion of ‘knowledge governance’ and the challenges imposed by assuming a territorial perspective, due to the intrinsic limits of local learning communities and the need to anchor trans-territorial knowledge. The derived territorial knowledge governance framework will be explored by discussing the eight case studies presented in the second part of this volume, leading to reflections on the need for identifying realistic and situated knowledge governance arrangements.

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Alwin Gerritsen, Marian Stuiver and Catrien Termeer

In knowledge governance actors purposefully create and disseminate knowledge to devise solutions for complex policy problems. This chapter unravels this knowledge governance empirically by analysing three cases of knowledge governance in sustainable development: how they emerged, how they were structured and how they contributed to solving policy problems. Additionally, the cases are compared by using a set of theoretical knowledge governance characteristics. The cases are: ‘Sustainable Dairy Farming in the Northern Frisian Woodlands’, ‘Seaweed Farming in the North Sea’, and ‘Metropolitan Food Cluster Mexico’. The chapter identifies two types of knowledge governance that differ in the governance challenges they face.