An extensive literature addresses the emergence of new technologies in their geographical and cognitive context. Drawing on a spatial innovation systems approach, this issue is explored for a newly emerging area: nano-science and nanotechnology. This study draws on a multi-method approach to explore the emergence of nanotechnology in the United Kingdom, covering bibliometric, patent, and firm-level data. The results point to regional concentrations of scientific and technological activity as well as to a concentration of nanotechnology firms in the well-established ‘science hubs’. However, further inspection of the evidence also hints at the importance of non-local links and networks along technological paths.
- Patent analysis
- Innovation systems
- Emerging technologies
Meyer, M., Libaers, D., & Park, J-H. (2011). The Emergence of novel science-related fields: Regional or technological patterns? Exploration and exploitation in United Kingdom nanotechnology. Regional Studies, 45(7), 935-959. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343401003792468