Universities and innovation strategies in rural regions: The case of the greater Lincolnshire innovation programme (UK)

Salomaa, Maria, Charles, David and Bosworth, Gary (2022) Universities and innovation strategies in rural regions: The case of the greater Lincolnshire innovation programme (UK). Industry and Higher Education. 095042222210962. ISSN 0950-4222

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Abstract

There is limited experience with innovation policies in rural areas, often based on a one-size-fits-all approach. However, rural businesses have diverse needs and there is difficulty in applying smart specialisation approaches for the use of European Union Cohesion funding in rural areas. A key resource in rural areas is the local university, and universities face increased demands to support local firms. This paper examines one particular case of a university in a rural region and its use of the European Regional Development Fund to support innovation activities. The challenges of working with rural businesses are explored, as is the focus on one-to-one support rather than the more collective smart specialisation approach. Universities need to take a pragmatic approach to ensure that the needs of firms can be balanced with the capacities of rural universities which are often smaller and more specialised than urban universities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (722295)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural innovation, smart specialisation, universities, Cohesion Policy, structural funds
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 11:39
Last Modified: 05 May 2022 07:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49030

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