Universities and regional development in peripheral regions

Paul Benneworth, Lisa Nieth

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This chapter presents the overall problematic of universities being situated within environments where diverse actors have rising expectations from them, while not considering the universities’ organisational complexities. Universities are expected to contribute to regional development, but host a range of academic communities with different engagement practices that hinder implementing common engagement strategies. Using two contemporary conceptual approaches (constructed regional advantage and smart specialisation), the chapter problematises the university as a regional economic development partner. The chapter concludes by exemplifying how universities can engage with regional partners in peripheral regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversities and Regional Economic Development
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with the Periphery
EditorsPaul Benneworth
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315168357
ISBN (Print)9781138051270
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameRegions and cities


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