- Language: English
- 97 Pages
- Published: August 2012
- Region: United Kingdom
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Universities and Regional Advantage in the Knowledge Economy. Edition No. 1
- Published: February 2010
- Region: Global
- 416 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
This thesis examines the links developing between the universities and their regions in the globalising knowledge economy as observed in the UK. It examines institutional responses to two realms of policies, namely, higher education policy and regional development policy. The diversifying missions of universities, especially, the ‘third stream activities’ promoted by the UK government since the late 1990s, are set against the dynamics of the multi-level territorial governance structure emerging within Europe. The key question examined is: can the new institutional strategies of universities in order to compete in a globalising market be reconciled with the increased emphasis upon their regional engagement in various policy agendas? The thesis argues that harnessing universities to the creation of regional advantage involves building networks of knowledge flows across different spatial scales at which the knowledge economy is organised.
Fumi Kitagawa holds PhD in Urban and Regional Studies. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Birmingham in 2004, and her thesis examined the role of universities in regional innovation strategies in nine English regions.