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Nanotechnology and the Alberta Capital Region: A Case Study of Integrating Communities, Innovation and Development

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  • SSHRC Awarded PDG 2012: What can cities and communities do to support and benefit from new technologies? How can knowledge-intensive sectors develop in ways which account for local contexts and local needs? How can benefits and prosperity be made to 'stick' to the communities in which new technologies are innovated? We are developing a partnership to explore these questions and to foster networks which integrate scientific innovation, community development, and urban planning in the development of local 'innovation clusters'. Using the local case of nanotechnology in Edmonton, the University of Alberta's City-Region Studies Centre is developing partnerships with the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT), the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), NanoAlberta - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), TEC Edmonton, the municipalities making up the Alberta Capital Region and an emerging nanotechnology business sector. Our aim in developing this partnership is to inform and research innovation networks which recognize and engage people and place as key constituents of successful science policy and development strategies.

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    © Shields, Rob. All rights reserved other than by permission.