This EUNIP (European Network on Industrial Policy) workshop focuses specifically on analysising the role of academic research in territorial (local, regional, national) socio-economic development processes. The workshop aims to provide a forum for discussion spanning the role of the university in territorial socio-economic development processes broadly defined, to the specific challenges faced by academics in balancing independent research with institutional, political, societal and market pressures.
Papers are openly invited that contribute to analysis of the role that academic research plays in territorial economic development processes, responding to questions such as:
* What are the roles of universities as agents in territorial ‘systems of innovation’ or in a ‘triple helix’ model? What factors determine their effectiveness in these roles?
* What are the strenghs and weaknesses of different research methodologies in facilitating an effective bridge between academic research in the social sciences and territorial economic development processes? How important is multi-discipliniarity?
* Where is the line between academic research and policy- or business- consultancy? How important is it to maintain this line, and can it be maintained?
* What implications arise for research from the changing management and organisation of universities?
* Should academics and universities seek to be ‘entrepreneurial’? What aims/impacts should they seek in being ‘entrepreneurial’?
* What policy implications arise from the analysis of these and related questions?
The workshop will take place in San Sebastian, Spain on 26th and 27th November 2009 and will feature between 15 and 20 papers in plenary sessions.
Extended abstracts of proposed papers (between 500 and 1000 words) should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15th September 2009, along with the name, affiliation and contact details of the author(s).
Abstracts will be refereed, and the final workshop programme will be confirmed and circulated by the end of September 2009.
The European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) is an open, multinational network of researchers in economics and management who have specific research interests in the areas of economic development and public policy.
Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness
Mundaiz, 50 • E-20012 San Sebastián • SPAIN
tel.: +34 943 29 73 27 (ext. 5535)
fax: +34 943 27 93 23
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