Innovation in Peripheral Areas

Project: Research

Key findings

Innovation in peripheral, sparsely populated regions is shaped by specific factors relating to regional sectoral structure and the broader regional context for business activity and innovation. The sectoral structure of peripheral regions is shaped by the availability of natural resources and by the additional costs of importing inputs and exporting products and services, so that there tends to be a stronger predominance of sectors such as food/drink, renewable energies and tourism, and a lower share of some types of manufacturing and producer services. The broader context for business activity and innovation depends on the extent and type of public investment in e.g. connectivity (transport/broadband infrastructure and also human networking), higher education and research facilities, and access to business finance.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/10/0930/06/10

Funding

  • ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council): £39,194.05

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Innovation
Business innovation
Business activity
Natural resources
Public investment
Broadband
Food
Specific factors
Producer services
Connectivity
Finance
Costs
Renewable energy
Drinks
Tourism
Exporting
Importing
Networking
Peripheral regions
Manufacturing