The Meaning of ‘Innovation in regional blind-spots’ within CCIC

NL6_2CCIC recognises that certain cities and regions concentrate more resources than others, thus resulting in an unequal distribution of opportunities from one region to another. In addition to that, there are perhaps factors (within the institutional environment, in the organisation, due to politics or economic constraints, etc.), which, perhaps not by design, hinder the diffusion of innovation, or the very transformation of new ideas into reality. Such factors and contingencies need also to be accounted for, as they may represent suitable candidates for policy or managerial attention. Deeper inquiry into such hindrances may also uncover obstacles to knowledge transfer, and might further improve the local authority’s capacity to interact with stakeholders (such as in the industry, SMEs or civil society).

In addition, it is also important to analyse thoroughly the national contexts in each country and
to identify if and how country specifics facilitate the persistence of blind-spots. Therefore, this
thematic area is concerned with (1) identifying blind-spots in each region (not in terms of geography, but rather in terms of policy opportunities); (2) elaborating on obstacles to innovation diffusion; (3) outlining policy options for the elimination of diffusion obstacles. Particular attention could be paid to specific systemic innovation that could enable opportunity creation, thus facilitating future (regional) policy development and the elimination of blind-spots.