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Call for papers : « Resilient territories: innovation and creativity for new modes of regional development »

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Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Faro(Portugal), 29th November 2013. Call for papers : « Resilient territories: innovation and creativity for new modes of regional development ».

 

Background

In a context of economic turbulence, resilient territories gained relevance for academics, planners and decision makers. Resilience can be understood as a non-equilibrium characteristic that facilitates a socio-economic system to recover from a negative impact by re-entering a former trajectory or by adapting a new trajectory that successfully deals with the external pressures. Resilience is also connected but not fully integrated in literature with more stabilized notions, such as innovation and creativity. The International Workshop in “Resilient territories” invites senior and early stage researchers, but also practioners, working in these topics, to debate the research and policy-making agenda, in a transdisciplinary perspective, for this particular field of innovation studies and regional science.

Economic Turbulence and Resilience

Europe is in a delicate situation. Contrasts of growing competitiveness and the lack of capacity to answer challenges from the recent economic turbulence in particular regions and countries created a sense of urgency to act on member-states cohesion.
One justification for this diversity within European Union regard the capacity to adapt to external shocks, to resist from negative impacts or to evolve to new socio-technical regimes, characteristics being studied in the last years by regional scientists to understand the set of dynamic conditions that create a more or less resilient territory. Resilience was thus a notion that was adapted from the study of ecological systems and other fields to the understanding of geographically embedded socio-economic systems. Resilience is often a characteristic connected to a threshold of socio-economic variety and specialization that facilitates a smooth adaptation for challenges. With the recent crisis, some regions have been dealing with this concept trying to guarantee by planning the adequate conditions for resilience.

Innovation


Innovation was a central European Union’s policy flagship that was also very influential in the last decades in science and technology studies. In particular, Innovation systems have been used as a framework to develop and implement policies in transnational, national, regional, local, and even sectoral contexts. An innovation system focuses a specific area or sector, where a group of actors are interconnected with the goal to innovate. The core of the system has the main function of innovation but has also a broader contribution for the growth and development. In this way, when analysing the innovation system it is important to understand actors and linkages that are directly connected to science, technology and innovation infrastructure, but also to understand the institutional architecture and a vast group of building blocks that are in the centre of the socio-economic profile of the region or state, providing the range of possibilities for adaptation and evolution.

Creativity

Contributions on the role of creativity in regional development have increased since 2002 Richard Florida’s best-selling book ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’ gained media and city planners attention. The ‘creative class thesis’ argues that the basis for territorial advantage is talent, and to enhance economic growth, places should develop, attract and retain creative people who can stimulate knowledge, technology and innovation, and thus, resilience. Creative people can be defined as a new emerging collective, the creative class. Fundamental to talent attraction and retention is the place quality, combining factors such as openness, diversity, street culture and environmental quality. Creative class members prefer places that are tolerant, diverse and open to new ideas. The place provides an eco-system in which diverse forms of creativity can root and flourish. The existence of culture and leisure that support particular lifestyles provides incentives for the location of people who like this quotidian. These factors, more or less intangible, structure institutions and an environment of ‘cosmopolitanism’ that influences the locational decision of talent.

Topics

  1. Theoretical contributions towards the integration of resilience, innovation, creativity and/or other relevant regional science branches
  2. Empirical studies focusing the conditions for resilient territories
  3. Smart specialization connections with creativity and innovation
  4. Impacts of talent and human capital in regional development
  5. Articulation of related variety and resilience
  6. Different forms of cosmopolitanism in innovation, creativity and resilience
  7. Clustering dynamics, and resilience
  8. Maritime economy and niches of excellence
  9. Comparative studies on institutional factors that shape resilience
  10. RIS3 instruments focused in innovation and creativity
  11. Policies implemented in resilient territories

Expected contributions of the conference

The conference intends to contribute for the definition and advancing of the scientific agenda in the topics of resilience, innovation and regional creativity. The stabilization of this agenda and the informed discussion about different conceptualizations is crucial for the alignment and engagement of the scientific community in the study of these crucial topics. The conference is also focused in informing policy and decision-makers, in different levels of action, about the advancements of conceptualization in these domains. This may have relevant impacts in the process of planning, designing new policy measures and instruments, specifically for the implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS 3), that can help the construction of more resilient territories in Europe. 
This workshop also integrates a focus group discussion about “Human Capital and Related Variety in the Maritime Economy” developed by HARVEST Atlantic – Harnessing all resources valuable to economies of seaside territories on the Atlantic, project co-financed by the European cooperation program INTERREG Atlantic Area, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Some information are attached below but more can be found on the conference website http://www.apdr.pt/evento_19/index.html

 

Including details of the Call for Papers http://www.apdr.pt/evento_19/papers.html

 

Any question please get in touch with local organisers: http://www.apdr.pt/evento_19/contacts.html

Source : Dr. Roberta Comunian, Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London.

Dr. Roberta Comunian also published on CEG :

 

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Apple CSTC

Nombreux sont ceux qui savent que les marques s’appuient sur la blogosphère dans leur stratégie d’évangélisation. Certaines le font en se focalisant principalement sur le produit et son univers (ce qui au fond déplaît fortement aux bloggers), d’autres brouillent les pistes et intriguent comme Apple avec son portail de blogs dédié à la convergence entre science, technologie et culture (CSTC).

Basé sur le principe d’une communauté de bloggers respectés pour leur culture et leur travail scientifiques, le portail propose de promouvoir les grandes avancées scientifiques (certaines sont mécénées partiellement ou totalement par Apple) qui ont toutes la particularité d’employer à un moment ou à un autre des machines et des logiciels Mac.

En parrainant la plus grande communauté scientifique du web (Scienceblogs.com), Apple réussit à faire remonter vers la marque l’expérience utilisateur en s’appuyant sur le progrès, la découverte et la recherche scientifiques. Du coup il est aisé de valoriser les matériels et les logiciels Mac en parlant des avancées scientifiques obtenues dans domaine de l’imagerie scientifique, de la recherche spatiale, de la médecine cellulaire, de la physique quantique, de la sismologie, ou encore de l’archéologie et de bien d’autres disciplines encore. 

Le phénomène se matérialise dans les macstores qui se transforment régulièrement en forum et conférences ouverts gratuitement au public avec la convivialité et la décontraction que l’on connaît de la marque à la pomme.

Ces réunions publiques rassemblent d’importants bloggers ainsi que des chercheurs de toutes les disciplines scientifiques pour traiter de la convergence entre science, technologie et culture, et pour démontrer au public que le monde des blogues stimule et alimente de manière globale le dialogue et la recherche scientifiques. A titre d’exemple, le 1er octobre prochain dans le macstore de Soho à New-York, les thèmes évoqués iront du réchauffement climatique aux sciences de l’éducation en passant les neurosciences, la mémoire et le vieillissement.

Qui a dit que les sciences molles et les sciences dures ne faisaient pas bon ménage ? Plus sérieusement et sans la moindre surprise, les relations entre industrie et recherche ne souffrent d’aucun tabou aux USA. C’est ce qui fait encore aujourd’hui que la fuite des cerveaux vers les Etats-Unis se poursuit malgré la crise financière et économique. Les dépenses en R&D ont tout de même augmenté là-bas de 5,7% en 2007, ce qui en fait rêver plus d’un. En Europe, le problème a été pris à bras le corps à partir de 2001 (+2,7% sur la période 2001-2004 et les statistiques pour les dépenses R&D de la période la plus récente devraient être prochainement publiées) et la dynamique public-privé aujourd’hui stimulée par une fiscalité plus incitative est en train de rééquilibrer les forces en présence.

 


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