Book Chapter

Regional innovation systems and transformative dynamics: Transitions in coal regions in Australia and Germany

L Coenen, S Campbell, J Wiseman

New Avenues for Regional Innovation Systems - Theoretical Advances, Empirical Cases and Policy Lessons | Published : 2018

Abstract

This chapter aims to better understand the implications of transformative change for regional innovation systems (RIS) research and policy by looking more closely into processes of structural change within coal regions against a context of transitions to a low-carbon future. Case studies of Germany's Ruhr and Australia's Latrobe Valley are used to demonstrate the challenges in implementing regional innovation policies under conditions of fundamental uncertainty. In the absence of regional innovation system structures and institutions, there is first and foremost a need for organisational and institutional innovation to arrive at working configurations of actors, networks and institutions tha..

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