Seminar on regional innovation in a global economy

The Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research and the Stavanger Chamber of Commerce & Industry welcome you to the seminar «Regional innovation in a global economy» on September 14th.

This seminar examines the social and cultural factors that can help to create an innovative region, both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. One of the world’s leading experts on regional innovation, Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose from the London School of Economics (LSE), will discuss regional innovation based on his own research and offer his perspectives on how to promote innovation in the Stavanger region.

The seminar will feature new results from a 2010 innovation survey of 1600 Norwegian businesses and their managers. The presenters will analyse differences in innovation levels and regional innovation cultures across Norwegian city regions, discussing the relative capacity for innovation in the Stavanger region compared to other Norwegian cities. What are the main characteristics of the regional culture and innovation system in Stavanger, and how favourable are these characteristics to innovation?

The event is free and open to all. The seminar will be given in English.

12.00 Lunch and welcome by Helge Ole Bergesen (Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research) and Harald Minge (Stavanger Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
12.30 Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (LSE): “The Economic Returns of Clusters” (pdf-file)
13.25 Coffee
13.35 Rune Dahl Fitjar (IRIS):“How and Why do Levels of Innovation Differ across Norwegian City Regions? Findings from a Survey of Business Managers in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Kristiansand” (pdf-file)
14.30 Discussion, moderated by Ragnar Tveterås (Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research)

About the Presenters:
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is Head of the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE, where he is also Professor of Economic Geography and a Programme Director at the Spatial Economics Research Centre. He has a long track record of research in regional growth, innovation and development and has published more than 60 scholarly articles over the last 15 years. Rodríguez-Pose has also authored 7 books, including The Dynamics of Regional Growth in Europe (Oxford University Press, 1998), Local and Regional Development (Routledge, 2006) and Innovation and Regional Growth in the European Union (Springer, 2009).

Rune Dahl Fitjar is a Senior Research Scientist at IRIS and project manager of the Regional Innovation Cultures project. He completed his PhD in political science at the London School of Economics in 2007 and has published several international academic journal articles on topics such as regionalism, regional identity and innovation. His first book, The Rise of Regionalism: Causes of Regional Mobilization in Western Europe was published by Routledge in 2009.

This seminar is hosted by the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research and the Stavanger Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

In the media about the survey
Facsimile from Stavanger Aftenblad about the survey, 14.09.2010 (pdf.file in Norwegian)
Facsimile - editorial in Stavanger Aftenblad, 15.09.10 (pdf-file in Norwegian)

Date: 14 September 2010, 12.00-15.00
University of Stavanger, Arne Rettedals hus, room Ø-215
Sign-up: E-mail Rune Fitjar by 10 September