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Regional Innovation Policies In The United Kingdom: The New Industry-Heis Relationship And The Role Of Science Parks


  • Salvador, Elisa


This paper aims at examining regional innovation policies at present in place in the United Kingdom, with particular attention to the new Industry-Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) relationship and the role played by science parks. After a thorough description of the governance structure of innovation policies in the UK, it follows a brief analysis of the Industry-HEIs relationship after the implementation of the new science framework 2004-2014, and the main instruments available. Then I investigate English science parks as pivotal innovation infrastructures for Academic-Industry networks for innovation. In the latest years, the government has increased its support for enterprise associated with science parks, but there are some criticism and doubt persists on their effective work. Results highlight that there is significant potential for the UK science parks to play a bigger, more enhanced role in the UK knowledge economy in the future, and in supporting the delivery of the innovation agenda. In this context, emphasising innovation and creativity, universities and science parks have a key role to play and results highlight that this new policy is already beginning to produce results.

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  • Salvador, Elisa, 2008. "Regional Innovation Policies In The United Kingdom: The New Industry-Heis Relationship And The Role Of Science Parks," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 17(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:17:y:2008:i:1_6

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