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Renewal of mature industry in an old industrial region: regional innovation policy and the co-evolution of institutions and technology

  • Coenen , Lars

    ()

    (Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), Oslo; CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Moodysson , Jerker

    ()

    (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Martin , Hanna

    (CIRCLE, Lund University)

The objective of this paper is to further insights on the potentials and barriers for industrial renewal in locked-in regions and industries. To do so, the paper analyzes the Swedish policy program ‘Biorefinery of the Future’ (BioF). This initiative is geared to develop a strong regional innovation environment for forestry-based biorefinery development in the area of Örnköldsvik and Umeå in Northern Sweden. Theoretically, the paper draws on concepts from evolutionary economic geography regarding path-dependence, related variety and lockin, and combines these with institutional approaches found in science and technology studies to explain disruptive shifts or transitions in socio-technical systems.

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series Papers in Innovation Studies with number 2013/7.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 06 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2013_007
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