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The knowledge–space dynamic in the UK bioeconomy

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The loss of manufacturing employment to lower cost economies has meant that countries like the UK have sought to promote innovation in areas such as biotechnology. The emergence of the ‘bioeconomy’, however, has been highly uneven, with concentrations of activity in certain countries and particular regions in those countries. In the UK, for example, there are four major concentrations of the bioeconomy. Each of these concentrations exhibit distinct patterns of knowledge and spatial inputs into the innovation process, meaning that it is important to consider the knowledge–space dynamic in and of each region.

Keywords: UK; bioeconomy; biotechnology innovation; knowledge–space dynamic; quantitative analysis; regional concentrations

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR), University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LR, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2009


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