Bright Satanic Mills: Universities, Regional Development and the Knowledge Economy

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Recent years have seen a growing emphasis upon the need for universities to contribute to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the regions in which they are situated, and for closer links between the university and the region. In this book a cross-disciplinary and cross-national team of experts consider the reasons for and the implications of the new relationship between universities and territorial development. Three key trends are discussed:

* In tandem with ongoing processes of globalization, there has been an increased concentration on regionalisation and governmental decentralisation, processes that provide a context for greater involvement by universities within their localities.

* In the continued evolution of the knowledge economy, innovation in the production of goods and services has become more 'tied' to locations that can nurture the human and intellectual capital upon which those industries rely.

* The commercialisation of higher education has deepened the engagement between universities and external stakeholders, including those based in their localities.

Each of these trends has generated a significant literature, but this is the first book to bring all three stands together effectively, synthesising the key conceptual debates and analysing the way in which they have been experienced in different local, regional and national contexts and with what effects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754645856
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Universities, 'relevance' and scale, Alan Scott and Alan Harding. Local and Regional Engagement Strategies: Dilemmas and Options: External Engagements and Internal Transformations: Universities, Localities and Regional Developments, Beth Perry and Michael Harloe; Knowledge and Technology Transfer: Can Universities Promote Regional Development?, Morten Levin; Regional Development, Universities and Strategies for Cluster Promotion, David R. Charles; The International Network University of the Future and Its Local and Regional Impacts, Huib Ernste. Knowledge Production, Management and the Academic Role: §1: University Governance: Actors and Identities: Who Are the Real 'Problem owners'?, On the Social Embeddedness of Universities, Davydd J. Greenwood; Regulation, Engagement and Academic Production, Tim May; Narrating the University: Values Across Disciplines, Dolores Byrnes; Academics in the 'Knowledge Economy': From Expert to Intellectual?, Todd Bridgman and High Willmott. §2: Organising Engagement: Practices and Impacts: Building Bridges over Troubled Water - A Tale of the Difficult Cooperation between University and Region, Stephan Laske, Maximilian Egger and Claudia Meister-Scheytt; Community Engagement in Developing a New Campus: The Griffith University, Logan Campus experience, Christine Smith and William Lovegrove; Managing a University Merger in a Post-Industrial Context (the Ruhrgebiet). An interview with Lothar Zechlin, Founding Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Lothar Zechlin (Stephen Laske and Alan Scott). Bibliography; Index
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