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International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development


Special Issue on: "University Cities: Including Universities and Research Institutes into Strategies for Urban Growth"

Guest Editor:
Peter Franz, Halle Institute for Economic Research, Germany

The topic of this special issue refers to the observation that many larger and middle-sized cities have access to the considerable potential of institutions creating and disseminating knowledge. This kind of endowment seems to be especially valuable in an upcoming knowledge-based economy. Recent strategic concepts and inter-city-competitions referring to ‘knowledge-based urban development’, ‘knowledge city’, ‘creative city’, ‘science city’ or ‘entrepreneurial university’ indicate that urban planners and politicians are beginning to search for strategies to take advantage and to make use of this potential. In spite of this favourable initial situation, many cities have not up to now been able to ‘transform’ their knowledge resources into substantial economic success.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Case studies of cities trying to activate their knowledge resources for local economic growth
  • Ways of activating human capital embodied in university graduates and university staff for regional/local economic growth
  • Problems in intra-regional cooperation between universities and research institutes in vicinity
  • City competitions as instruments and accelerators for knowledge-based urban development
  • Regulatory barriers and problems for cities applying knowledge city strategies
  • Intra-regional collaboration and networking as preconditions for knowledge-based urban development
  • The role of the (central, federal) state in the process of knowledge-based urban development
  • The implications of knowledge city strategies for urban planning
  • Planning universities and their environment: the level of contribution of architecture and urban design to intensify knowledge flows.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Expression of interest by: 30 June 2010

Full papers by: 15 January 2011