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The emergence of novel science-related fields: regional or technological patterns? Exploration and exploitation in United Kingdom nanotechnology

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Meyer, Martin; Libaers, Dirk; Park, Jae-Hwan

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Abstract An extensive literature addresses the emergence of new technologies in their geographical and cognitive context. The notion of innovation systems has been most prominent in these discussions. Drawing on a spatial innovation systems approach, the paper explores this issue for a newly emerging area, nano-science and nanotechnology. More specifically, this study draws on a multi-method approach to explore the emergence of nanotechnology in the UK, covering bibliometric, patent and firm-level data. Our results point to regional concentrations of scientific and technological activity as well as a concentration of nanotechnology firms in the well-established ‘science hubs’. However, further inspection of the evidence hints also at the importance of non-local collaborative links and networks along technological paths.
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Patent analysis; Bibliometrics; Innovation systems; Emerging technologies; Nano-districts; O31; O33; O38; O52
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 935-959
Journal Regional Studies, 45 (2010) 7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)