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Martin, Hanna
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Martin, H. (2020). The scope of regional innovation policy to realize transformative change: a case study of the chemicals industry in western Sweden. European Planning Studies, 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The scope of regional innovation policy to realize transformative change: a case study of the chemicals industry in western Sweden
2020 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Economic geography and innovation studies are increasingly asking how regional industrial development paths develop. This paper addresses the scope of regional innovation policy to influence transformative change in regional industries, such as that needed to cope with grand societal challenges including climate change. We take a cross-disciplinary perspective using the regional innovation system framework, which is focused on innovation-based regional development, and complement this with insights from the sociotechnical transitions literature and its conceptualizations of sociotechnical regimes and niches. Empirically, we study the case of the chemicals industry in the Gothenburg-Stenungsund region, Sweden's largest basic chemicals industry cluster. Shifting from discussion to action appears challenging for this regional industry, despite advances in technology development, ongoing co-operation between the region's public and private sectors and its ambition to become an international leader in the production of sustainable chemistry products by 2030. Using this case, we present a broader view of path development, one that includes under-addressed policy approaches attempting to create new sociotechnical alignments that require co-evolving changes across technologies, infrastructures, regulatory frameworks and other societal dimensions, both within and beyond the regional context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2020
Keywords
Regional innovation systems, regional innovation policy, new path development, transformative change, chemicals industry, bioeconomy
National Category
Economic Geography Business Administration
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-77096 (URN)10.1080/09654313.2020.1722616 (DOI)000513094800001 ()
Funder
Vinnova, 2016-04227
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically approved
Martin, H., Martin, R. & Zukauskaite, E. (2019). The multiple roles of demand in new regional industrial path development: A conceptual analysis. Environment and planning A, 51(8), 1741-1757, Article ID UNSP 0308518X19863438.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The multiple roles of demand in new regional industrial path development: A conceptual analysis
2019 (English)In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409, Vol. 51, no 8, p. 1741-1757, article id UNSP 0308518X19863438Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper contributes to the literature on new regional industrial path development by highlighting the multiple roles that demand can play in regional development. We develop a conceptual framework relating different roles of demand to different types of new path development. Based on the literature on regional development, we differentiate between the role of demand as anonymous consumer, sophisticated buyer, active co-developer, public procurer and norm and value setter. These roles influence different types of new path development, including path extension, path upgrading, path importation, path diversification and path creation. New path development can be triggered by changing norms and values in the society (e.g. environmental concerns and the growing demand for cleaner technologies), public procurement for innovation (governments demand new products or services and thereby steer economic development) or by users modifying existing products or developing novel solutions that are not yet on the market (e.g. user innovations). The various roles of demand, as well as its effect on new regional industrial path development, depend on the geographical context. We argue that taking a nuanced view towards demand will add a novel dimension to the debate on new path development in regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Regional development, demand, innovation, new path development
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74276 (URN)10.1177/0308518X19863438 (DOI)000476683400001 ()
Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved
Martin, H. & Martin, R. (2017). Policy capacities for new regional industrial path development - The case of new media and biogas in southern Sweden. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-POLITICS AND SPACE, 35(3), 518-536
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy capacities for new regional industrial path development - The case of new media and biogas in southern Sweden
2017 (English)In: ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-POLITICS AND SPACE, ISSN 2399-6544, Vol. 35, no 3, p. 518-536Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the past few years, a growing body of work in economic geography and innovation studies has enhanced our understanding of forms and determinants of regional industrial path development. The importance of policy, however, has received limited attention and accordingly, the role of policy for the emergence and development of new regional industrial growth paths remains largely unexplored. This paper takes an institutional perspective and suggests that the regional innovation system approach can contribute to conceptualising and analysing the role of policy for new regional industrial path development. We argue that in order to turn regional preconditions into new growth paths, regional innovation systems require strong policy capacities, consisting of formal and governance capacities. In the empirical part, we analyse the emergence and further development of two new growth paths in the region of Scania in southern Sweden, namely biogas and new media. Based on personal interviews with policy makers, representatives from knowledge and supporting organisations and firms as well as a document analysis, we investigate how policy interventions have influenced the rise and evolution of these two industries. We show that in both cases, policy-led initiatives have played an important role in enabling new path development. We find that policy can play multiple roles in nurturing and maintaining new growth paths and that these are closely interlinked with particular policy capacities of regional innovation systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
New path development, regional policy, regional innovation system, capacity building
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63944 (URN)10.1177/0263774X16665845 (DOI)000400016700008 ()
Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Martin, H. & Coenen, L. (2015). Institutional Context and Cluster Emergence: The Biogas Industry in Southern Sweden. European Planning Studies, 23(10), 2009-2027
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional Context and Cluster Emergence: The Biogas Industry in Southern Sweden
2015 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 23, no 10, p. 2009-2027Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to some scholars in evolutionary economic geography (EEG), the role of (territory-specific) institutions is relatively small for explaining where a new industry emerges and grows as firms develop routines in a path-dependent and idiosyncratic manner. This article evaluates this assertion by studying the evolution of the biogas industry in the region of Scania in Southern Sweden. The biogas is predominantly used as a fuel in the regional transport system and is considered as a crucial means to achieve environmental goals in the region. Recently, regional public policy has been actively promoting this biogas industry, aiming for cluster development. Drawing on literature from EEG and technological innovation systems, this article seeks to unpack the evolutionary process that has led to the emergence of this industry. In particular, it studies to what extent territory-specific institutions have been crucial in that respect. The analysis is case-based, drawing predominantly on in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and firms in the industry. By doing so, the paper seeks to make a contribution to our understanding of cluster development, considering the interplay between technology, industry dynamics and institutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2015
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63946 (URN)10.1080/09654313.2014.960181 (DOI)000369395400006 ()
Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Coenen, L., Moodysson, J. & Martin, H. (2015). Path Renewal in Old Industrial Regions: Possibilities and Limitations for Regional Innovation Policy. Regional studies, 49(5), 850-865
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Path Renewal in Old Industrial Regions: Possibilities and Limitations for Regional Innovation Policy
2015 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 49, no 5, p. 850-865Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Coenen L., Moodysson J. and Martin H. Path renewal in old industrial regions: possibilities and limitations for regional innovation policy, Regional Studies. This paper analyses the potential, barriers and limitations for regional innovation policy to facilitate industrial renewal in old industrial regions. It draws on a case analysis of the policy programme 'Biorefinery of the Future' geared to promote renewal of the forest industry in Northern Sweden. It is shown that infusion of radical emergent technology is necessary for new regional path development, but not sufficient. To avoid a singular focus on technology-push, policy should pay more attention to complementary experimentation processes in relation to demand-side characteristics, firm strategies and business models as well as regulatory aspects. Moreover, coordination between regional innovation policy and adjacent domains and levels of policy-making is needed as some of the most pressing obstacles for renewal are not specific to the region but instead to the industry at large.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2015
Keywords
Socio-technical transitions, Old industrial regions, Regional innovation policy, Evolutionary economic geography
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63945 (URN)10.1080/00343404.2014.979321 (DOI)000353626000010 ()
Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
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