Calls for papers


International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development
International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development


Special Issue on: "Regional Triple Helix for Accelerated Development"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Emanuela Todeva, Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, United Kingdom
Prof. Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

We are seeking academic contributions that articulate the issues of regional triple helix constellations and activities, or regional initiatives across the government-university-industry space. We invite both theoretical and empirical contributions that address the complex issues of regional stakeholders and innovation practices, science parks, incubators or clusters that drive accelerated knowledge transfer practices with broad societal impact.

The research questions may address either the inputs or the outputs from triple helix engagement, or indeed can focus on critical discussion and evaluation of practices and outcomes from regional triple helix platforms. Papers that address issues of broad societal challenges or narrow innovation cases and regional triple helix solutions are welcome.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the XIV International Triple Helix Conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drivers of regional economic development
  • Localised capabilities in knowledge-based economies
  • Science parks and cluster agglomerations
  • Regional dimensions of knowledge as a driver of competitiveness
  • Innovation capabilities of SMEs
  • Regional innovation systems
  • Knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer
  • Regional innovation micro-systems and global impacts
  • Multi-stakeholder relationships for regional growth
  • University-industry collaboration
  • Regional competitiveness and internationalisation of education
  • Subsidiarity and regional smart specialisation
  • Regional entrepreneurship
  • Innovation networks and boundaries

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editor Dr. Emanuela Todeva at

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017