Does size matter? Knowledge-based development of second-order city-regions in Finland

Yigitcanlar, Tan, Inkinen, Tommi, & Makkonen, Teemu (2015) Does size matter? Knowledge-based development of second-order city-regions in Finland. disP - The Planning Review, 51(3), pp. 62-77.

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Achieving knowledge-based urban development (KBUD) profoundly depends on not only encouraging the development of economic activities, but also strengthening the societal, environmental and governance bases of city-regions. In recent years, a number of global city-regions have been investigated from the angle of this multidimensional perspective, which has provided a new comprehension in the development processes of primate city-regions. However, there is a knowledge gap in understanding how KBUD works in the second-order city-region (SOCR) context. This warrants more attention as SOCRs potentially help secure balanced development and territorial cohesion. This paper aims to empirically investigate KBUD performances of SOCRs in order to generate new insights. An assessment framework is utilised in the Finnish context, where the findings provide a nationally benchmarked snapshot of the degree of achievements of SOCRs based on numerous KBUD performance areas. The results shed light on the unique Finnish urban and regional development process, and provide lessons for other SOCRs.

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ID Code: 87966
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Knowledge-based urban development, knowledge-based development, knowledge city-region, primate city-region, second-order city-region, Finland
DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2015.1093352
ISSN: 0251-3625
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in disP - The Planning Review on 29 Sep 2015, available online:
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2015 00:40
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 21:14

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