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


Special Issue on: "Spatial Knowledge-Based Development"

Guest Editor:
Prof. Tommi Inkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

This special issue aims to increase knowledge of spatial knowledge-based development (SK-BD) in an international context. It welcomes articles that provide insight into spatial formations of knowledge-based development from various perspectives including analyses of public and private sectors together with NGOs and other stakeholders.

Potential papers may focus on theoretical developments or empirical analyses. The issue is aimed at the academic community as well as practitioners, such as spatial developers, planners and officers, in order to increase understanding of the dynamics and factors affecting KBD; in particular, information regarding the challenges and obstacles that should be considered in decision making in cities of various sizes and/or peripheral locations.

The issue’s broad research themes may be addressed through case studies or international comparisons. The purpose of the issue is to further explore any academic, conceptual, methodological or application-based research work being done across countries with regard to spatial development and/or the analysis of KBD projects at changing spatial scales.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Integration of spatial analysis and knowledge-based theory
  • Regional case studies of KBD
  • Epistemological considerations for information- and knowledge-driven studies of spatial or regional development
  • Spatial scaling of knowledge sources for economic growth
  • Cities as clusters of knowledge creation
  • Urban-rural dichotomies and KBD
  • Case-based solutions for local knowledge economies
  • Comparative studies of KBD and innovative growth
  • Geographical differentiation of KBD between and within countries
  • Local lessons of KBD initiatives
  • Policy studies of KBD
  • Travelling theory, location context and KBD
  • Conceptual elaborations of KBD and spatial aspects

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

Submission of full paper: 15 November, 2011 (extended)

Notification of review results: 15 December, 2011

Final paper submission: 31 January, 2012