Quantitative Methods for Place-Based Innovation Policy
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Quantitative Methods for Place-Based Innovation Policy

Measuring the Growth Potential of Regions

Edited by Roberta Capello, Alexander Kleibrink and Monika Matusiak

Place-based innovation policy design requires an in-depth understanding of territories and their complexity. Traditional statistics, with a lack of publicly available data at the disaggregated (sub-sectoral and regional) level, often do not provide adequate information. Therefore, new methods and approaches are required so that scientists and experts that can inform decision-makers and stakeholders in choosing priorities and directions for their innovation strategies. The book replies to such a need by offering advanced mapping methodologies for innovation policies with a special focus on approaches that take into account place-based policies.
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Chapter 2: Establishing the basis for RIS3 regional innovation policies: mapping economic specialisation

Henning Kroll


According to European Commission guidelines and much early literature, the main rationale of smart specialisation activities is to provide innovation strategies for economic transformation. During the first period of its promotion, however, many strategies instead focused on research, and their monitoring on traditional science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators. Such analyses, however, do not necessarily provide any good indication for economic transformation, as in most regions outside leading clusters, scientific and economic activities remain structurally disconnected. Hence, future Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) monitoring needs to focus more on the state of local economies and their potential interfaces with science. This chapter suggests a process to achieve this.

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