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Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development

Rethinking Innovative Milieus Edited by Leïla Kebir, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP), Lab’Urba, University Paris-Est, France, Olivier Crevoisier, Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, Pedro Costa, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Department of Political Economy and DINAMIA’CET-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal and Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau, EDYTEM, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, Chambéry – Le Bourget du Lac, France
This book questions the way contemporary innovation processes develop and become embedded in territories. It analyses recent developments in territorial systems of production, networks of innovation and innovative milieus, with regard to the issue of sustainable development. Drawing on 12 case studies aimed at fostering sustainable development and conducted by an experienced team of international scholars, a new conceptual approach to sustainable innovation is proposed. More broadly, it also reassesses the development models proposed in the 1980s that emerged in the context of globalization, competitiveness and technological innovation.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78471 220 4
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  • Regional Economics
  • Environment
  • Geography
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  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
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This book questions the way contemporary innovation processes develop and become embedded in territories. It analyses recent developments in territorial systems of production, networks of innovation and innovative milieus, with regard to the issue of sustainable development. Drawing on 12 case studies aimed at fostering sustainable development and conducted by an experienced team of international scholars, a new conceptual approach to sustainable innovation is proposed. More broadly, it also reassesses the development models proposed in the 1980s that emerged in the context of globalization, competitiveness and technological innovation.

The book argues that a rethink of regional development dynamics is necessary in order to properly consider current sustainable development requirements. A renewed understanding of the dynamics of actors and anchoring factors is pursued, clarifying the role of territories in the light of sustainable development demands and globalization processes. A new typology of organizational forms of sustainable innovation is provided and the traditional concept of ‘innovative milieu’ is challenged. The contributions call for a rethink and redesign of public policies in the fields of sustainable innovation more able to deal with contemporary realities.

Crossing a wide set of disciplines, this book will appeal to academics, students and policy makers in the fields of urban studies, regional development, innovation and sustainable development.
‘This ambitious book is at the vanguard of the debate on regional development and innovation. It revisits the classical concept of Innovative Milieus to interrogate more capacious forms and modes of innovation and articulate new ways of thinking about regional development. Drawing on highly inspiring case-stories, it offers a thought-provoking and timely contribution that goes well beyond the classic innovation-for-regional-competitiveness paradigm. A recommended read for scholars interested in new ways to analyze, understand and explain innovation in and for regions.’
– Lars Coenen, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden

‘This book makes several major contributions to regional innovation and sustainability research. Besides collecting very substantive cases, it provides an inspiring and generative conceptual framework. It argues convincingly that we have to move beyond narrow competitiveness concerns and embrace broader social, environmental and economic processes in their interdependence to better understand recent regional innovation trends. Thus, the term sustainability becomes much more analytical, and less normatively charged. The book deserves to become a standard reading in transitions studies, regional studies and economic geography.’
– Bernhard Truffer, Eawag, Switzerland and Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Contributors: P. Araujo, B. Barroeta, J. Bélicard, R. Camagni, L. Carvalho, P. Costa, O. Crevoisier, M. De Rosa, J. del Castillo, M. Ebbekink, B. Guesnier, L. Kebir, A. Lagendijk, F. Lindner, C. Livi, Y. Okamoto, J. Paton, V. Peyrache-Gadeau, I. Plácido Santos, S. Rutter, M. Sato, S. Strambach, F. Trabalzi, M. Vale








Contents:

Foreword: Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development: Rethinking Innovative Milieus
Leïla Kebir, Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau, Olivier Crevoisier and Pedro Costa

Introduction: Sustainability, Innovative Milieus And Territorial Development.
Leïla Kébir, Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau, Olivier Crevoisier and Pedro Costa

PART I SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION, GLOBAL ANCHORING OF TERRITORIAL PRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS, AND COMPETITIVENESS
1. The Territories of ‘Sustainable’ Innovation: From Local Milieus to ‘Responsible’ Communication: The Case of Photovoltaics and Sustainable Finance in Western Switzerland
Christian Livi, Pedro Araujo and Olivier Crevoisier

2. Innovation in the Sustainable Renovation Sector in Île-De-France
Leïla Kébir

3. Border-Crossing Sustainable Innovation Processes – German Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) in Green Construction
Simone Strambach and Frederik Lindner

4. Living PlanIT and the Development of the ‘PlanIT Urban Operating System tm’: The Geographies of an Innovation
Luís Carvalho, Inês Plácido Santos and Mário Vale

5. The Sustainable Water Campus in Leeuwarden: Towards an Anchoring Milieu or a ‘Hollow Term’?
Miranda Ebbekink and Arnoud Lagendijk

PART II SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
6. Bairro Alto Revisited: Sustainable Innovations, Reputation Building and Urban Development
Pedro Costa

7. Innovative Rurban Networks in Rome
Marcello De Rosa and Ferro Trabalzi

8. Innovation in Sustainable Tourism Projects in Alpine Resorts
Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau, Sarah Rutter and Jeannie Bélicard

PART III SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION, ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING AND REGIONAL PRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS
9. The Great Basque Transformation Towards Sustainable Innovations
Jaime Del Castillo, Jonatan Paton and Belen Barroeta

10. Atlantic Nautical Network: An Inter-Regional Organizational System to Promote Innovation in Support of Sustainable Development
Bernard Guesnier

11. From Regional Production System to Regional Innovation System – Evolutional Changes of Suwa Industrial Region in Japan
Mitsuru Sato and Yoshiyuki Okamoto

Conclusion: Relaunching GREMI: A Scientific Trajectory
Roberto Camagni

Index