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Collaborative innovation for sustainable urban development - the role of cities and national innovation agencies

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Coordinator Göteborgs Universitet - Företagsekonomiska institutionen
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 199 927
Project duration May 2017 - April 2018
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

This study investigates how Vinnova financed projects have helped Swedish cities to develop capabilities for system innovation for a sustainable development. The ambition is to contribute to a conceptual understanding of how national innovation support structures influences cities abilities to address complex societal challenges and to contribute to a better understanding of local possibilities and difficulties with the current support structures.

Expected results and effects

A comprehensive picture of the results show that cities are emerging as a new level in the Swedish innovation system but the results also show that a lot of work remain before cities have the transformative capacity to strategically use the city as an innovation arena. The challenges point to the need to develop partly new governance structures on national as well as city level for managing innovation and development activities. There is a need to strengthen both these actors understanding and the role they have in supporting this work.

Planned approach and implementation

The study use a qualitative approach investigating a balanced selection of Vinnovas efforts supporting three Swedish cities between the years 2010 and 2016: Göteborg, Lund and Borås. In these cities, there is a large number of actors involved in Vinnova supported urban development projects.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2017-02872

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