PLAN30060 Regional Innovation

Academic Year 2021/2022

Since the late 1980s, economic geography and regional development studies have been reshaped by a resurgence of interest in the region as a scale of economic organization and political intervention, considering regional economies the fundamental unit of social life and policy making. This is based on a range of observations, including the shift away from large multi-plant corporations to flexible and localised post-fordist production systems, the increased emphasis on institutional and socio-cultural factors for economic development, and the localised nature of knowledge creation, diffusion, and innovation. Relational and evolutionary perspectives of economic and socio-political development, along with an expansion of regional growth models, has resulted in various concepts that emphasize the role of the region and networking, such as innovative milieux, industrial districts, regional innovation systems, and clusters. More recently, regional economies, which are jurisdictions that exhibit shared characteristics and practices, as well as somewhat socio-economic autonomy, along with directed linkages to other regions, have become a prominent unit of socio-economic analysis. One of the central preoccupations of the module is to gain an understanding of the fundamental spatial scales that shape advanced knowledge-based economies, standard and advanced measures/indicators of technological change and economic growth, and established as well as novel concepts in this stream of inquiry.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will have:
• Gained insight into the characteristics of regions, and the ‘ideal’ spatio-sectoral scale of socio-economic analysis;
• Developed an understanding as to why economic activity and processes leading to knowledge creation, diffusion, and innovation remain greatly concentrated;
• Examined how the processes that influence knowledge creation, diffusion, and innovation operate in spatial context;
• Investigated various approaches and models utilized to measure and analyze the advanced knowledge economy; and
• Achieved a comprehension of the evolutionary and relational nature of technological change, and its impact on regional competitiveness and prosperity as measured by alternative data sources.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical Writing 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay - Literature Review Week 8 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ Exam 01 Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ Exam 02 Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Essay Proposal - Literature Review Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Detailed feedback on critical writing components throughout the semester.

Full reading list will be provided in week one. The list will contain 2-3 journal articles for each weekly topic presented throughout the semester.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 13:00 - 14:50