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The scope of regional innovation policy to realize transformative change: a case study of the chemicals industry in western Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).
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.

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Taylor & Francis, 2020. p. 1-20
Keywords [en]
Regional innovation systems, regional innovation policy, new path development, transformative change, chemicals industry, bioeconomy
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Economic Geography Business Administration
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-77096DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2020.1722616ISI: 000513094800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-77096DiVA, id: diva2:1397206
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Vinnova, 2016-04227Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically approved

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