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290139 SE Seminar in Human Geography: (2020W)

Regional innovation policies in the era of grand societal challenges

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work
Fr 23.10. 13:15-18:15 Digital



max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 28.11. 12:30 - 16:00 Digital
Saturday 16.01. 12:30 - 16:00 Digital
Friday 22.01. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Saturday 23.01. 12:30 - 16:00 Digital
Friday 29.01. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Many regions across the world face the challenge to reorient their regional innovation policies and to move beyond traditional approaches such as cluster policies and innovation system policies. In the face of grand societal dynamics and the ecological and social problems resulting from them (climate change, global financial and economic crises, ageing of society, pandemics, etc.) mission-oriented and transformative innovation policies are gaining in importance. These approaches promise to provide adequate impulses for fostering innovation-based structural changes and transformation processes towards sustainability and inclusive regional development. The course will deal with the conceptual foundations of the new generation of regional innovation policies and their application in regional contexts.

The course is a literature seminar. The literature will be provided by the lecturer. However, the students are supposed to conduct own searches on their specific topics.

Assessment and permitted materials

-Seminar paper (50%)
-Presentation and defense of the seminar paper (30%)
-Contributions to the discussions (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the students shall be able to

-) assess new approaches to regional innovation policies and explain their main differences to traditional approaches
-) assess the role(s) of the state/policy and novel forms of governance
-) write, present and defend a seminar paper

Examination topics

-) Critical reflection on and discussion of conceptual contributions to the literature and real-world examples/strategies
-) Seminar paper
-) Presentation and defense of seminar paper

Reading list

-) Schot, J., Steinmueller, W.E. (2018). Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change. Research Policy 47, 1554–1567.

-) Tödtling, F., Trippl, M. (2018). Regional innovation policies for new path development - beyond neo-liberal and traditional systemic views. European Planning Studies 26(9), 1779-1795.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-SE) (MG-S5-SE) (MG-W3-PI) (MG-W4-PI) (L2-b4, L2-b-zSE) (MA UF GW 02-1)

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