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Title: The knowledge economy of the city region : how Dubai and Liverpool seek to connect to the global knowledge economy
Author: Athar, A.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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This research examines the drive to establish a knowledge economy in the contrasting cities of Dubai and Liverpool. The resulting analysis looks at a city region from an older industrial economy and a city region from a new economy where in both instances local agencies that represent the city region economy are seeking to engage their place with the knowledge economy. This research aims to consider why and how this is happening with a particular emphasis on the role and contexts in which governance institutions prepare their place. We also look at what makes an ideal type city region knowledge economy. We use a number of key indicators that characterize the important aspects of an ideal city-region knowledge economy. We look to utilise these key indicators along with the case of Cambridge as an exemplar ideal type to contextualise both cases under consideration. This allows us to look at both cases, one from an older industrial economy (Liverpool City Region) and the other from a newer economy (Dubai City Region), evaluating their operational readiness to connect with the global knowledge economy. The city-region institutional infrastructure needs to be of a density that will enable connection. This is the means by which planners, policy makers, politicians and entrepreneurs (to categorize but a few) operationalise the concept of a city-region knowledge economy. In much the same way as Castells and Hall (1994) explained the need to develop the then innovative notion of a technopole, those actors in important institutions see the knowledge economy as a strategic initiative based on a combination of innovation, technological know-how and entrepreneurship. Effective support and meaningful interventions from local agencies facilitate entrepreneurship, which is key to replenishing the ecosystem of a knowledge economy. Thus the local institutional infrastructure has to be 'thick' enough (Amin and Thrift, 1995) to stimulate and capture level of innovative entrepreneurship that enable the city-region to connect to the global knowledge economy.
Supervisor: Southern, alan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral