The aim of this coordinated project is to analyze the emergence in the urban environment of forms of economic innovation and governance that can boost economic competitiveness, raise employment rates and generate social cohesion. In the framework of this project, economic innovation is understood as the support for new sectors or economic activities linked to symbolic economy, the so-called creative and knowledge industries, as well as the appearance of new productive and organizational dynamics in traditional industrial and service sectors. On the other hand, innovations in governance refer to the appearance of new forms of interrelation between economic, political and social agents that combine competitiveness and social cohesion. INNOVA strives to analyze the social, political and economic characteristics that allow and facilitate the emergence of these forms of innovation, studying how they fit into the territory’s historical evolution. The project also tries to show how the emergence of new forms of collaboration leads to open innovation (understood as inclusive and non-proprietary, which can be maximized by the economic fabric as a whole.
PROGRAMME: National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation. Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
STATUS: Ongoing. 2013-2015
PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.ub.edu/innovare/